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February 2017 Archives

The Importance of Early Diagnosis: Colorectal Cancer

The second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S., colorectal cancer kills almost 50,000 people each year, but delays in diagnosis often happen. When there is a delayed diagnosis for colorectal cancer, people who have greater risks of death due to being in more advanced stages of cancer when the diagnoses are finally made. Delays in diagnosis may happen because of actions by the patients, failures by the doctors, or a combination of both. When doctors fail to order diagnostic tests despite knowing that their patients have histories of cancer or when they see obvious signs and symptoms that colorectal cancer may be present, the doctors may be liable for medical negligence. 

Is it Time to Put the Brakes on with Your Elderly Driver?

auto-repair-brakes.jpgMental and physical changes that typically accompany aging can significantly diminish an elderly driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Unfortunately, there is no magic number that tells older people when it's time to hand over the keys. Since aging affects each individual's cognitive and motor skills differently, some people need to put the brakes on driving long before others might. Knowing the warning signs of an unsafe elderly driver can help family members and caregivers determine when it's time to say when.

New Concerns About The Safety Of Gastrointestinal Scopes

medical equipment.jpgSince 2015, health care regulators and lawmakers have devoted much time, energy and resources into investigating a series of outbreaks of "superbugs" related to the use of duodenoscopes. These devices, used to inspect and treat problems in the intestinal tract, have been linked to at least 35 deaths over the last four years.

The Fallacies and Rhetoric that Support Tort Reform

time-for-change.jpgTort reform, despite its many proponents, is not the cure-all to high medical costs. Torts, medical malpractice suits, and lawyers are the common scapegoats that lawmakers, hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies cite as the primary culprit for runaway medical costs. It isn't true. Rising healthcare costs and premiums are due to a variety of factors, not just malpractice suits. Unfortunately, lawmakers often cite litigation costs as a scapegoat for all sorts of society's ills, and healthcare costs are no exception.

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