Medical Malpractice

How some medication errors happen

Arizona patients who are prescribed medications that have a larger dose available in a multiple of 10 might be in more danger of being given the wrong dosage than people whose medications do not come in factors of 10. According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, there have been a number of reports of… read more

Safety program succeeds at limiting anesthesia errors

Medication mistakes can have dire consequences for patients and result in medical malpractice judgments against physicians and hospitals. However, a clinical program designed to reduce the risk of medication and anesthesia errors may mean good news for both medical administrators and hospitalized patients in Arizona. A study presented at the Postgraduate Assembly on Anesthesiology used… read more

Medical errors can often be fatal

Medical errors are a leading cause of death in Arizona and across the U.S., according to a study. Further, the authors of the study say that they are on a mission to inform Americans about the depth of the problem. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that more than 250,000 people died from preventable medical… read more

Surgery for early-stage prostate cancer could be unnecessary

Many men in Arizona have to deal with the affects of prostate cancer every year. According to the American Cancer Society, it is the second-most common type of cancer diagnosed in men. For those people contemplating treatment, a study that tracked men with early-stage prostate cancer has yielded informative results. The researchers concluded that surgical… read more

Alzheimer’s diagnosis is often wrong

Arizona doctors who are examining patients who present with symptoms of dementia could experience difficulty with making a definitive diagnosis. Patients with delusions and hallucinations complicate matters because those symptoms strongly suggest the presence of Parkinson’s disease and other forms of dementia, but psychosis could also be part of Alzheimer’s disease. The director of a… read more

Ovarian cysts can pose misdiagnosis risk

Many women in Arizona suffer from ovarian cysts and other health concerns related to the female reproductive system. The ovaries are small, walnut-sized organs that are part of the female reproductive system. They store and release eggs (ova) during ovulation; this monthly egg release begins the monthly menstrual cycle. Each ovum is enclosed inside a… read more

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever symptoms

Although 60 percent of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cases occur in other areas of the country, Arizona residents who spend large amounts of time outdoors are at risk of suffering the disease. If this disease, which is caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsia, is not treated quickly, it can be potentially fatal. Rocky Mountain Spotted… read more

Being misdiagnosed with Lyme disease

Arizona residents who were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease should be aware that misdiagnoses of this condition are increasing. Some people who have been diagnosed with this disease may not actually have it, so their health is being compromised when doctors prescribe them expensive and often dangerous treatments. Typically, chronic Lyme disease symptoms include a… read more

Unnecessary testing for some breast cancer patients

Women in Arizona and throughout the country who are treated for early-stage asymptomatic breast cancer might be getting more tests than needed according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology The ASCO, in conjunction with the American Board of Internal Medicine, has recommended against routine surveillance tests… read more