Hospital Malpractice

Transfer of hospital patients can spread MRSA! Source: BBC Health; PloS Medicine. In our continuing education on antibiotic resistance and its impact upon patient care the Dutch medical journal PloS Medicine has published a study spanning 26 European countries

Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer -Treating Before Treatment.

Sources: National Cancer Institute; Journal of Clinical Oncology; Lancet NEOADJUVANT therapy is treatment given before primary therapy.  For example, a woman may receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer to shrink a tumor that is inoperable or a woman whose breast tumor can be removed by mastectomy may receive neoadjuvant therapy to shrink the tumor enough to allow breast-conserving [...]

$488,000 Settlement for Bed Sore from Hospital Nursing Care

Injury: Sacral (lower back) bed sore aquired in hospital and requiring colostomy for a 25 year old paraplegic patient in a New Jersey Hospital Age of Patient at Injury: 25 years of age Result: $488,000 Settlement Court: Camden County, NJ Comments:  Stage 4 bed sore (Hospitals like to call them "decubitus ulcers" because it sounds nicer) aquired by [...]

Hospital Malpractice and America’s Safest Hospitals -is yours on the list?

Sources: AARP, The Magazine, Story by Beth Howard; the Leapfrog Group By Gayle R. Lewis, Esquire: Hospital malpractice continues to be a major health concern.  The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national not-for-profit organization "founded more than a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private healthcare experts."  According to their website, "The Leapfrog [...]

PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer

By: Gayle R. Lewis, Esquire Sources:  British Medical Journal 2013;346:f2023; BBC Health News A STUDY initiated by Sweedish researchers was recently published in the British Medical Joural.  The goal of the study was to determine the association (if any) between concentration of prostate specific antigen (PSA) at age 40-55 and subsequent risk of prostate cancer metastasis (spread) and [...]

Medical Information -Artificial Organs on the Horizon?

Sources: Nature Medicine (2013) Published online April 14, 2013; BBC Health News  RESEARCHERS at Massachusetts General Hospital have taken the first steps towards creating usable bio-engineered kidneys.  The kidney from a rat was removed and cleaned until all that remained was the proteins and vessles, a "scaffolding" on which to build another usable kidney.  While windpipes [...]

Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and Prostate Cancer Same Gene

Sources: BBC Health News; Jorunal Oncology THE BRCA2 gene has been linked to hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  Now scientists say that as well as being more likely to get prostate cancer, men with BRCA2 are also more likely to develop aggressive tumours and have the poorest survival rates. Men with the gene should [...]

Medical Information -WHO Guidelines Potassium (and Salt)

Sources: World Health Organization; BBC Health News; British Medical Journal THE World Health Organisation has issued its first guidelines on potassium intake, recommending that adults should consume more than 4g of potassium (or 90 to 100mmol) per day.  This follows recent publication in the British Medical Journal which adds to the body of evidence suggesting that [...]

Childhood Cancers Increasing!

Sources: National Cancer Institute; US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) ON AVERAGE 1 to 2 out of every 10,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with some form of cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children 1 to 14 years of age.  Over the past 20 years, [...]

$7 Million Settlement for Complications of Pediatric Anesthesia

Injury: Hypoxic brain injury from anesthesia for a 6 year old girl  in a Pediatric Hospital Age of Patient at Injury: 6 years of age Result: $7 Million Settlement Court: Philadelphia County, PA Comments:  Heart breaking case of injury following anesthesia for a cardiac procedure at a Pediatric Hospital.  The young child sustained life-altering brain [...]

Pancreatic Cancer Continues to Rise

Sources: National Cancer Institute; National Institutes for Health PANCREATIC cancer will kill 38,460 of the 45,220 people who are diagnosed with it in 2013 in the US.  Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the pancreas. Also called exocrine cancer.  The pancreas makes pancreatic juices. These [...]