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Drug Mistakes Affect 7.3 Percent of Hospitalized Children

A new study released in the April edition of Pediatrics found a rate of 11 drug-related harmful events for every 100 hospitalized children – with some children affected by more than one such…

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Painkiller Theft Causes Hepatitis at Military Hospital

Ex-nurse and retired Army captain Jon Dale Jones is believed to have spread Hepatitis C to 15 military service members or their relatives at El Paso’s William Beaumont Army Medical Center by diverting painkiller from the patients to himself. Though details are unclear, an outbreak of Hepatitis C was reported at the hospital in 2004, and Jones tested positive for the blood-borne disease. It…

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Teen Dies After Routine Breast Procedure

About 24 hours after a routine corrective breast surgery on Friday, an 18-year-old Florida teen passed away. Two hours into her surgery, Stephanie Kuleba was rushed to the Delray medical Center to correct asymmetrical breasts and inverted areola, according to the Associated Press news brief. There is little additional information at this time and the family’s attorney said Tuesday that it was…

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Male Infant Death More Likely

Boys have about a 20 percent higher chance of dying by the age of one than girls, according to research released Monday. Though the gap has lessened in the past decades because of medical practices like increased Caesarean sections and intensive care units for premature babies, there is still a disparity between the genders. Some of this may be attributed to the data showing that boys are 60…

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Colorado vs. New Zealand – Medical Malpractice Liability

An interesting column by Senator Bob Hagedorn in the Rocky Mountain News looks at what he considers limitations and shortcomings of the medical malpractice systems in the state, as well as the nation, and compares those systems to one in place in New Zealand.Some of his outlined shortfalls in what he refers to as a lawsuit-based status quo include: Physicians are poorly policed with little…

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Transplant Doctor Accused of Speeding Death to Get Organs

In the first case of its kind in the United States, a San Francisco transplant surgeon will go to trial on one count of felony dependent adult abuse for hastening the death of a comatose patient in order to harvest his organs sooner. Dr. Hootan Roozrokh was sent by his employer as part of the California Transplant Donor Network to perform the transplants after the mother of 26-year-old Ruben…

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Dennis Quaid: Medical Mistakes Far Too Common

While Dennis Quaid and wife Kimberly are lucky that their twins are still with them today after a hospital-administered overdose of an adult blood thinner had them fighting for life in November, not all victims of medical mistakes are so lucky. In fact, according to a 2000 Food and Drug Administration article, 44,000-98,000 Americans die each year not from the medical conditions they checked in…

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John Ritter's Doctors Cleared in Malpractice Case

After his death from a torn aorta in 2003, the widow and children of actor John Ritter filed a lawsuit against his cardiologist and radiologist for medical negligence. Radiologist Matthew Lotysch was cleared today of the claims that he had failed to spot an enlargement of the aorta in a body scan done in 2001 – two years prior to Ritter’s death. Additionally, Cardiologist Joseph Lee was cleared…

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Is Your Doctor Sleeping Enough?

A recent Internet survey by the American College of Chest Physicians’ Sleep Institute (ACCP) found that most physicians are probably not getting enough sleep for top performance at work.As a patient, anxiety may affect your ability to sleep the night before a medical procedure – we all get a little nervous, right? What if you knew your doctor didn’t get much sleep either? The average physician…

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Surgeon to Appeal $1.75 Malpractice Verdict

Dr. Eric Leefmans is expected to appeal a $1.75 million verdict awarded to a patient of the surgeon who sued for medical malpractice during treatment following a 2003 automobile accident.Attorney Emily Rice of Boston said her client, Dr. Eric Leefmans, plans to appeal a $1.75 million-plus-interest medical malpractice verdict issued by a New Hampshire Court last week. The plaintiff was…