Tragedy at VA: Pathologist Makes 3000 Misdiagnoses

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A report from the Veterans Administration Office of Inspector General offers a devastating inside look at errors made by a pathologist with the VA hospital in Arkansas. Robert Morris Levy began working at the VA facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2005. By the time his employment as Pathology and Lab Service Chief was terminated, Dr. … Continued

New Study Evaluates Misdiagnosis Rates of “Big Three”

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Recent research suggests one in ten patients who experience symptoms of a dangerous condition like cancer, infection, or major vascular event will be misdiagnosed. Published in the open-access journal Diagnosis, the study adds weight to the already disturbing statistics concerning the frequency by which patients are incorrectly diagnosed. Led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University … Continued

Avoiding Misdiagnosis—Blood Test May Provide Early Diagnostic Help

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Early and accurate diagnosis of cancer gives physicians better odds at successfully treating patients.  A new blood test uses machine learning to detect types and sites of cancer in the human body. Recent research published in the Annals of Oncology discusses how analysis of free-floating DNA in blood samples was used to detect over 50 … Continued

Infection Control Failures at HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey

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Patients who received treatment at HealthPlus Surgery Center, LLC (“HealthPlus”) are getting notices that they may have been exposed to dangerous blood borne diseases including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis. A recent investigation by the New Jersey Department of Health revealed that lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have … Continued

Understanding the Risks of Migraine and Men

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Men get migraines, too.  As with women and migraines, the risk may involve more than head pain. Migraine headache is a complex condition with a cause that remains elusive to researchers.  In both genders, migraines have numerous triggers.  Diet, exercise, stress, genetics, hormones, and underlying physiology are all implicated when it comes to headaches and … Continued

Is Your Migraine Telling You Something?

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No headache is pleasant.  While most headaches will pass in a few hours, some do not.  How do you know when to get help with a pain in the head? More than 90 percent of the population experiences tension headaches at some point during their life.  These types of headaches are not medical emergencies and … Continued

Headaches or Migraines: What’s the Difference?

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Most people suffer a headache at some point in their life, from the” brain freeze” of an ice cream headache, to the chronic head pain caused by a concussion.  While head pain is the common factor of these conditions, these types of head pain are unrelated. Headaches are generally referred to as primary or secondary … Continued

Misdiagnosis Leads to Triple Amputation in Mom with Ectopic Pregnancy

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The joy of a British couple over a new pregnancy turned to sorrow and then tragedy when a series of medical mistakes left the mom-to-be in devastated condition. In 2014, Magdalena Malec, a 31-year old mother of a two children, learned she was pregnant.  She and her partner were thrilled.  Just weeks later, bleeding heavily, … Continued