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. A major issue with Lyme disease is that it is treatable when the infection has not… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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. When the officers approached the vehicle, they noticed that the driver… read more

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… read more

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… read more