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'The Big Three' Account for Most Diagnostic Errors

Every year, diagnostic errors in the U.S. result in up to 80,000 deaths and can leave nearly 160,000 patients with permanent disabilities. A recent study reveals that only three medical conditions account for nearly 75 percent of all diagnostic errors. Research was conducted at Johns Hopkins Hospital. It concluded that diagnostic errors relating to cancer,...

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Not even maiming and killing patients can stop some Florida plastic surgeons from continuing to operate

Florida plastic surgeons are maiming and even killing patients. They’re not only getting away with it, but they’re also still performing surgery, according to an investigation by USA Today. Many Florida doctors who perform plastic surgery lack malpractice insurance. That means that not only do the victims of a botched procedure never get compensated, the...

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CDC warns about e-cigarette use after deaths from vaping-related illnesses

Vaping was once viewed as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Many older smokers switched to electronic cigarettes to kick the habit. Millions of younger people – even teenagers who never smoked before – started vaping. Companies that produce vaping products tout their product as safe. Evidence shows the habit can lead to serious...

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Massive trial may resolve who is to blame for the nation’s opioid crisis

The opioid epidemic in the United States has killed over 400,000 people, poisoned over two million with addiction, and prompted the largest and most complex civil action in U.S. history. Makers and distributors of opioids like OxyContin argued they were blameless because they abided by the law and carried out their activities under the watch...

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How Many People Die Each Year From Medical Errors?

The question of deaths caused by medical errors has been in the news recently. Numbers have been tossed about carelessly, sometimes from seemingly authoritative sources, causing controversy. Yet the basic question stands: How many deaths are caused by medical errors? Famed scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson ignited the latest uproar by tweeting that about 500 Americans...

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How common are medical mistakes?

You need medical help. You check in to the hospital and trust the doctor will take care of you — but the risk of something going wrong is higher than you probably imagined. Unfortunately, you have a 1 in 10 chance of getting harmed. That’s according to an eye-opening new report detailed by NBC News....

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Wrong side surgery more common than you think

Many patients submit to surgery with the expectation that the medical profession knows its stuff and performs well. In truth, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, according to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. That means medical mistakes are the third leading...

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Nation’s most dangerous hospitals becoming even riskier for patients

The risk of dying, suffering an infection or being victimized by medical mistakes have worsened at America’s lowest ranked hospitals, according to a rating organization. "These are the avoidable deaths – the deaths that are accidental or the result of a mistake made in the hospital," said Leah Binder, CEO of Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit...

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