Who’s Liable in a Fatal Surgical Error

Being the victim of a surgical error can be a deeply frightening experience. You trust a doctor to make you well put your life in their hands, and when you wake up, something has gone wrong. The effects may be short-lived. They may last the rest of your life. They may even prove fatal.  The nature...

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A Study on Clarity After Surgical Errors

How well do surgeons inform patients when something goes wrong during a procedure? In the interest of tracking and improving communication between surgeons and patients, the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, recently published a study conducted with Veterans Affairs surgeons. The results show signs of improvement, but a...

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Rising Dangers in Childbirth in Syracuse and Beyond

Childbirth has always been one of the most amazing, powerful, and dangerous events in the human experience. The world’s mothers have benefited from advancements in medical care, however, and in all but one industrialized country, the rates of maternal death are consistently decreasing. The problem for us, however, is that the one industrialized country where...

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Use of Opioids Under Scrutiny in New York

In a surprisingly short time, opioids have gone from a niche term within the medical profession to a household name. Addictions to opioid medicines and, through them, to heroin, have escalated to epidemic levels. They have been tearing families apart, ruining lives, and costing our public health and safety agencies massive amounts of money. The...

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Why You Should Check Your Doctor's Background

When it comes to your health and receiving the best care possible, it is highly advisable that you know who is treating you. Doctors with a history of malpractice and ill-advised behavior should be avoided. What to look for in a doctor There are a number of credentials you should always check when choosing a...

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