Medical Malpractice

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

Improperly administering blood thinners can cause deaths

Arizonans might think about hospitals as settings in which medical malpractice happens, but this type of negligence also frequently happens in nursing homes in the state. One of the types of medical errors that frequently occurs in nursing homes is the improper administration of blood thinners such as Coumadin to elderly patients. Blood thinners like… read more

About collapsed lungs

Arizona residents should be aware that if they sustain trauma to their chest, it could cause a collapsed lung. The collapse of a lung, or pneumothorax, occurs when a buildup of air that has leaked into the area between the chest wall and lung begins to exert pressure on the lung, causing it to collapse…. read more

Quick treatment critical for stroke victims

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 130,000 people die in the country each year from a stroke. However, not every stroke is fatal. There are steps that people in Arizona might be able to take to prevent a stroke or recover if one occurs. Certain conditions, including high blood pressure,… read more

New drill could make surgery safer

Arizona residents may have heard about a new drill that aims to make certain types of surgeries safer for patients. The technology was developed by University of Utah researchers. It can go 50 times faster than a human, which may significantly reduce cranial procedures. Currently, surgeons have to drill holes by hand slowly and carefully… read more

Unnecessary C-sections increase risk of fatal medical errors

Invasive surgery introduces multiple risks, including infection, surgical error and side effects from follow-up medications. In the case of C-sections, which is the most common surgery in the U.S., women can also experience scarring, severe pain and other complications. While necessary in some cases, researchers have found nearly half of these procedures were unwarranted. Women… read more

Increasing the availability of medical second opinions

Access to medical specialists and subspecialists is sometimes difficult for Arizona patients to obtain. A world connected by the internet, however, has resulted in the expansion of virtual medical services. With telemedicine, patients can have conversations with remote physicians, and virtual second opinion services can review medical scans and test results and prepare reports about… read more

A failure to diagnose lupus

Lupus is a noncontagious autoimmune disease that occurs when autoantibodies cause inflammation in multiple parts of the body, including the lungs, heart, skins, joints, blood and kidneys. Since May is Lupus Awareness Month, Arizona residents may benefit from learning a few facts about the disease. Although men can develop the condition, women make up the… read more