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12th Complaint Against Kansas City Group for Fraudulent Diagnosis

A local man claims that a doctor, the founder of the clinic Health Centers of America in Kansas City, falsely diagnosed him with 18 different diseases, all before she bothered to examine him, take a medical history, run diagnostic tests, or indeed meet him at all. In addition to making false diagnoses ranging from insomnia to cortico-adrenal insufficiency, the...

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Failure to Diagnose Properly May Affect 160,000 Patients Each Year

Diagnostic errors “are completely underrepresented in terms of what we pay attention to,” says the lead author of a new study just published in the medical journal BMJ Quality & Safety. If the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers are right, failure to diagnose patient conditions accurately and in time may be the cause of as many as...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Birth Injuries

After One Reversal, Jury Awards $130 Million to Girl with Cerebral Palsy

When a New York medical malpractice lawyer turned down an $8 million settlement offer for a girl born with severe cerebral palsy due to birth injuries, everyone thought he was crazy. When took the case to trial and lost, it looked like they were right. That case was overturned on appeal, however, and had to be retried. The second...

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Misdiagnosis Leads to Foot Amputation, Jury Awards Victim $813,000

Missouri residents expect a certain standard of care from doctors and health professionals. Whether they are receiving treatment for a severe injury or something as simple as the common cold, patients expect that their ailment will be correctly diagnosed and they will receive the correct treatment in the end. But a recent story out of Washington reminds us that...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Wrongful Death

Study: Death Rate Higher in Remote ‘Critical Access’ Hospitals

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that remote, rural hospitals experienced higher death rates than others did in the study period, which was between 2002 and 2010. Because these are often considered “critical access” facilities for those who would otherwise be geographically too distant from a hospital to receive adequate emergency medical...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Birth Injuries

In Preventing Birth Injuries, is Cesarean or Vaginal Birth Better?

Recently, a committee of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reviewed the available research on the risks and benefits of cesarean-section births performed purely at the request of the mother. Overall, the group determined that more women experience fewer complications from vaginal birth, and the group recommended that doctors strongly encourage mothers to choose that option. The evidence...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Hospital Negligence

CDC Confirms One Death from Transplant of Rabies-Infected Organ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have just announced that the recipient of an organ donation recently died of a rabies infection in the donor. The deceased was one of four people who received organs from the same donor, and the other three are now receiving rabies treatment. Unfortunately,...

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Study: Uninsured are More Likely to Face Heart Disease Malpractice

Working with scientists on a national project about healthcare and poverty, cardiology researchers at Kansas City’s St. Luke’s Hospital have been poring over the records of heart patients nationwide to determine if there are observable differences between the treatment of uninsured versus insured patients. Unfortunately, the findings indicate that uninsured patients are much more likely to suffer from medical...

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Delay or Failure to Diagnose Pediatric Strokes is Far Too Common

Did you know that pediatric stroke is one of the top 10 causes of death in children? Around 3,000 U.S. children suffer a stroke each year — that’s nearly 1 in 3,000. Children are at their highest risk for strokes very early, according to Dr. Neil Friedman, a pediatric neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Pediatric Neurology. While...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Hospital Negligence

CDC: Certain Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates Lower than Expected

The Centers for Disease Control have a tracking system for hospital-acquired infections through its National Healthcare Safety Network, which gathers annual patient infection information from hospitals throughout the United States. Using the historical data to establish trends, the network then predicts a baseline for the number of hospital infections that might be expected in the future. The CDC recently...

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