Medical Malpractice

Early detection is key for melanoma survival

Summer is almost here, and that means many Arizona residents will be enjoying more time out in the sun. However, dermatologists warn that sunburns and prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to an increased risk of melanoma. The American Cancer Society says that melanoma is responsible for around 1 percent of skin cancers in… read more

Preventing sepsis

Sepsis is a serious medical condition that can become fatal within hours. Arizona parents may not know that sepsis is responsible for the hospitalization of 75,000 children and teenagers every year in the United States. The results of a 2013 study show that almost 7,000 children will die each year from it, a number that… read more

Identifying kidney disease in diabetes patients

When Arizona residents have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, they are often at greater risk for developing chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease. Unfortunately, the tests for determining if a patient has either of these conditions is not completely accurate. Most tests are based on people’s albumin to creatinine ratio and their estimated… read more

High rate of misdiagnoses

A study indicates that the rate of misdiagnoses by health care practitioners in Arizona and around the country may be between 10 and 20 percent. The study, which was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, involved data from 286 patients who visited the Mayo Clinic to get a second opinion after seeing… read more

A failure to diagnose lupus

Arizona patients who suffer from lupus are at risk of having the illness misdiagnosed if they have a mild form of the condition, are exhibiting minimal symptoms and have extended periods between the onset of their symptoms. Also, the symptoms of lupus, which can include the loss of hair, mouth lesions, swollen joints, fever and… read more

Misdiagnosing liver cancer

Liver cancer is a condition that can be misdiagnosed because its symptoms tend to surface when the disease is in the advanced stages. Arizona residents should also know that some of the symptoms can be vague or can mimic those of other medical conditions, particularly those related to the digestive system. According to one study,… read more

Nurse may have spread hepatitis by reusing syringes

Arizona readers know how important it is for hospitals to use sterile instruments. However, a Texas nurse may have infected four patients with hepatitis by reusing syringes, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, the Texas Department of State Health Services was notified after someone noticed the nurse… read more

Skilled workers more likely to make mistakes if interrupted

Arizona healthcare staff may be interested to learn that, according to a study, highly trained workers may be at risk for making mistakes if they are interrupted. The reasoning behind this is that skilled workers generally work much more quickly, making it difficult to recall exactly where they were after the interruption. A lead investigator… read more

Colorectal cancer notoriously difficult to diagnose early

Embarrassment delays some people in Arizona from going to the doctor when they experience gastrointestinal symptoms. When they do seek care, their symptoms might be similar to many types of digestive tract disorders, and a misdiagnosis might impede the early detection of colorectal cancer. A long list of medical problems, including hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome,… read more

FDA warns of dangerous vein procedure

Arizona patients who suffer from nervous system disorders such as Parkinson’s disease should be aware of a dangerous experimental procedure that is being promoted as a treatment. This procedure, called transvascular autonomic modulation, has been associated with at least one death and has resulted in multiple severe injuries. This particular procedure has been promoted to… read more