Medical Information

Eye Openers

Source: AARP Bulletin, May 2013 by Nissa Simon Eyes may not be a window to the soul, as poets have claimed, but eyesight is certainly a window on the world. As boomers age, however, millions of them will struggle with some kind of eye disease. Over age 40, an estimated 25 million people have cataracts [...]

VITAMIN D AND BLOOD PRESSURE

Source: AARP Bulletin May 2013 by Nissa Simon Here’s what we know: Research has linked high blood pressure with low levels of vitamin D. Older people have significantly higher rates of high blood pressure and lower levels of vitamin D. So do black adults in general. If you’re both older and black, take note. Recent [...]

What an Outrage, Putting Sales Ahead of Safety

Source: AARP Bulletin/May 2013 by Bill Hogan For nearly eight-years, New Jersey-based Par Pharmaceutical made millions of dollars by aggressively pushing Megace ES as a weight-gain drug for patients in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The problem is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved Megace ES only to treat weight [...]

Medical Malpractice Myths

Sources: David A. Hyman, MD, JD ; and Charles Silver, JD; CHEST 2013; 143(1):222–227 Take it with a grain of salt as it comes from a physician-lawyer and a lawyer, but strongly consider a well-researched article published in a peer reviewed medical journal which seeks to dispel the 5 Major myths that are consistently brought up [...]

Nursing Malpractice in patient handoffs

Sources: Journal of Advanced Nursing 2013 69(2):247-62; University of Maryland School of Nursing Study A study from the University of Maryland in Baltimore sheds light on a common nursing practice in hospital and surgical settings, which you might not be aware of -patient handoffs.  Patient handoffs ("taking report") occur when nursing staff changes shift, from am [...]

Breast Cancer and Mammography Centers

Sources: Current Litigation; US Food & Drug Administration Breast Cancer can be detected early in many women who undergo routine mammography.  Unfortunately, simply having a mammogram isn't always a guarantee that you or your doctor will receive your results.  The Lewis Law Firm urges all women who have a mammogram to follow up with their referring [...]

Cancer Misdiagnosis Common

Sources: Best Doctors and the National Coalition on Health Care Joint Study; American Journal of Medicine; BMJ Quality and Saftey Cancer is diagnosed more commonly than most physicians, themselves are aware.  A series of recently published studies indicate a misdiagnosis rate from 15% to 28% of the time. There are a number of reasons cited by [...]

Hospital Infections. No Big Improvements.

Source: US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Press Release Hospital infections persist, according to the recently issued National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to the conclusion that improvements in patient safety continue to lag. Very [...]

Advanced Breast Cancer Increase in Women under 40

Sources: JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 2013;309(8):800-805; National Cancer Institute, SEER Cancer Statistics Review ADVANCED breast cancer, or metastatic breast cancer (spread through the body) effectively tripled among women younger than 40 between 1976 and 2009. These are women whose cancer had already spread by the time it was diagnosed.  In this small, but statistically [...]

Childhood Disease Rates Rise

Sources: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health Childhood Disease Rates have been kept low with the advent of vaccination programs.  Childhood disease is common in the early months and years of life. Some upper respiratory viral or bacterial infections—colds, bronchitis, or croup—are quite common.  Also common are ear infections, sinusitis, impetigo [...]