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Why Proposed Medical Malpractice Law Is an Attack on Victims’ Rights

A report in The New York Times laid out the reasons why a bill drafted by House Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) could change medical malpractice law. Reportedly, the proposed Obamacare replacement would make it much more difficult for patients and their families to hold doctors and hospitals accountable for negligence. How Would This New Health Care Bill Change Medical Malpractice Law? The new…
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One in Five Patients with Serious Medical Conditions Misdiagnosed?

The Washington Post recently published the results of a research study that claims 20 percent of patients with serious medical conditions are discovered to have been misdiagnosed following a second opinion. The medical misdiagnosis numbers included in the Post article were based on patients who visited the Mayo Clinic for second opinions. Reportedly, in addition to the 20 percent of patients who discovered their primary care provider had misdiagnosed them,…
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When Should You Get a Second Opinion on a Cancer Diagnosis?

As we have discussed previously on this blog, cancer misdiagnosis devastates the lives of victims and their families. In some cases, women undergo unnecessary breast removal surgery, because they were mistakenly diagnosed with cancer, and in other situations, patients lose valuable treatment time because a doctor failed to diagnose cancer. Either way, the lives of victims and their families will never be the same. Therefore, it is crucial that patients…
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Does Eating More Soy Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Could eating more soy help prevent breast cancer? A recent article in Time shed light on the connection between soy and cancer, including making the claim that consuming more soy-based foods can lower your chances of dying of breast cancer. Will Eating More Soy Really Help Prevent Breast Cancer? Per the report in Time, a study set out to prove once and for all whether soy is our friend in…
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Does Exercising Help Prevent Breast Cancer from Returning?

The Washington Post recently featured an article regarding how exercise can help survivors prevent breast cancer from returning following remission. How Can Exercise Help Prevent Breast Cancer from Coming Back? The report in the Post focusses on a study concerning breast cancer survivors’ lifestyle changes following treatment. The researchers used data from 67 separate studies to see how the behavior of women who survived breast cancer determined whether they remained…
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What Should I Make Sure My Doctor Looks for During a Breast Exam?

Recently, we have featured blog posts highlighting instances of cancer misdiagnosis, including: Doctors mistaking cancer for mononucleosis A woman’s cancer being misdiagnosed as a migraine 14 times Breast cancer misdiagnosis leading to unnecessary breast removal surgery We trust medical professionals to not make mistakes as devastating as misdiagnosing cancer. However, as the above cases indicate, medical negligence is an issue that we all must guard against. With that in mind,…
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Is It Dangerous to Do Your Own Breast Exam?

There was recently an article featured in Refinery29, a digital media outlet that focusses on women’s issues, that raised the questions as to whether you should do your own breast exam. As the Refinery29 piece points out, medical professionals have been recommending that patients perform their own breast examinations for decades. However, now it appears that many in the medical field as well as several cancer organizations are reversing course…
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Did Doctors Mistaking Cancer for Mono Nearly Cost a Child Her Life?

Could a doctor really mistake cancer for mononucleosis? That may have been the case recently when a 6-year-old girl was the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis involving her doctors mistaking symptoms of metastatic neuroblastoma for mono. How Did Doctors Mistake Cancer for Mononucleosis? Per KSDK-TV, a few years after she was born, the 6-year-old girl began experiencing fevers on a frequent basis. After running blood tests, her doctors initially diagnosed…
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How Was a Woman’s Cancer Misdiagnosed as a Migraine 14 Times?

Recently, the story of a woman’s struggles and death because of a cancer misdiagnosis made the news. Reportedly, a 24-year-old woman died from cancer after repeatedly being told that she was not suffering from cancer but migraines. Not only was the woman’s cancer misdiagnosed once, but allegedly her tumor went undiagnosed even after 14 visits to the doctor. The woman first visited the doctor after suffering from severe headaches, neck…
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How Would an Obamacare Repeal Impact Medical Malpractice Damages?

With reports that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, could be drastically altered or even repealed making headlines, it is fair to wonder, how would an Obamacare repeal impact medical malpractice damages? Would an Obamacare Repeal Impact Medical Malpractice Damages? The Legal Intelligencer featured a story regarding this scenario. The article focused on the practice of attorneys using ACA to limit their clients’ liability in medical malpractice…
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