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March 2016 Archives

Failures to diagnose Lyme disease a big problem

Many people in Arizona and throughout the country suffer from Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that is often misdiagnosed. Even when the illness itself is correctly diagnosed, co-occurring infections such as Bartonella are often still not diagnosed or treated.

Apologies may reduce likelihood of malpractice lawsuits

In Arizona and many other states, if doctors apologize to patients or their family for a medical error, this cannot be used as evidence of liability in a subsequent medical malpractice lawsuit. In some cases, apologies may reduce the likelihood that a person will file a lawsuit. Some cases demonstrate that medical errors can be seriously compounded or deescalated based on how medical professionals behave in the wake of an event. A shift in medical culture is underway in which it is believed that acknowledgement may be a more powerful tool than denial in avoiding malpractice suits.

Successful criminal appeals depend upon what happens at trial

The end of a criminal trial may not mean the end of defendant's fight to establish his or her innocence. Appealing a trial conviction or appealing a guilty plea to an appeals court in Arizona offers the chance to have the higher court review errors that might have been made at the trial or during the lower court proceedings. An appeal is not, however, a new trial or the place to call witnesses and present new evidence.

Hospitalists and medical malpractice

Some people in Arizona may not know what a hospitalist exactly is. It is a relatively new medical specialty and is similar to being a general practitioner or family doctor, but it involves working in that capacity in a hospital. For the period of time that a person is hospitalized, a hospitalist may act as the primary care physician.

Police arrest drunken driver with a tree in her grille

In Roselle, Illinois, police recently pulled over a woman driving down the road on suspicion of drunken driving. Another motorist called a tip into police after seeing a woman driving down the road with a 15-foot-tall tree attached to the front of her car.

Doctor's errors often caught by parents

According to a report that has been published in JAMA Pediatrics, a significant number of medical errors are identified by family members. A study, led by a Boston pediatrics researcher, found that about one in 10 parents were able to identify errors with respect to their children that a doctor did not at a hospital's two pediatric units. This leads researchers to believe that involving friends and family of patients may help to improve quality of care.

Heart disease may accompany anxiety in women

Arizona women who suffer from anxiety might also have heart disease, and in some cases doctors fail to detect it. The two conditions may be linked in some women. Women with anxiety are more likely to also suffer from ischemia, a condition in which there is a reduced blood flow to the heart and therefore less oxygen going to the heart. In a study published Feb. 23 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes,no similar effect was found in men. Women are also more likely than men to suffer from anxiety disorders.

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