Medical malpractice

Doctors’ Errors: They Happen More Than You Think (And Can Hurt You)

Posted on 05/7/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Sandra G. Boodman This Kaiser Health News story produced in collaboration with The Washington Post Until it happened to him, Itzhak Brook, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University School of Medicine, didn’t think much about the problem of misdiagnosis. That was before doctors at a Maryland hospital repeatedly told Brook his throat pain was the result of acid reflux, not cancer. The correct diagnosis was made by an astute resident who found the tumor  —  the size …

Is Your Dentist Safe? 5 Steps You Can Take

Posted on 04/4/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFew people like going to the dentist, even if those tooth-yankers do rate highly for honesty and ethics. At my most recent visit, I got a referral to the gum specialist … again. Painful memories have slowed me from making the call, but healthy choppers are important, so I know I will. But thousands of dental patients in the Tulsa, Okla., area have a new reason to fear the chair: their dentist might have given them hepatitis B or C, …

Want Your Test Results? Don’t Wait. Nag Your Doctor

Posted on 11/30/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPatients who passively wait for their doctor to call them with medical test results need to wake up  – and start dialing. As one doctor put it, “No news is not good news. If a patient gets a test done and doesn’t get a result, he should follow up.” Failure to pass along test results promptly — or even at all — is a growing problem and partly to blame for the big spike in medical malpractice payouts, according to …