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July 2015 Archives

Possible medical advancement for brain-injured people

People in New Mexico that have suffered a brain injury may be interested to learn about recent research that shows a new experimental medicine may help reverse some brain damage by restoring damaged structures. The ongoing research is being funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Football League Players Association and the Alzheimer's Association.

Maternal mortality rates increasing

People in New Mexico may be shocked to learn that unlike other western countries, the U.S. has demonstrated an increasing rate of women dying due to pregnancy-related complications. Reportedly, in the 10-year period between 2003 and 2013, the U.S. was among the only eight countries in the world that had increasing, rather than decreasing, maternal mortality rates. Among the other countries that showed increases were such places as the Sudan and Afghanistan.

Why some children recover faster after brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries happen every year to children in New Mexico and across the United States. Some children seem to bounce back quickly after such an injury while others take years to recover. A recent study conducted by UCLA and USC researchers suggests that the fatty sheaths surrounding the brain's nerve fibers, rather than the severity of an injury, may explain why this happens.

The risks of robotic surgery

New Mexico doctors who are engaged in surgical procedures involving robotic assistance may be interested in a study recently conducted by researchers from MIT, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and Rush Medical Center. After analyzing over 10,000 incident reports filed with the FDA between 2000 and 2013, the study's authors found that robots were involved in procedures resulting in 144 patient deaths and nearly 1,400 injuries.

Misdiagnosis of common health conditions

Many people in New Mexico suffer from certain common health conditions that doctors routinely misdiagnose. When this occurs, patients may be injured either by receiving medication and treatment which they do not need or by not receiving treatment for the condition, causing it to worsen.

Doctor sentenced to 45 years for scamming patients

New Mexico patients may be alarmed to learn that on July 10, a Michigan doctor was sentenced to what could be life in prison for malpractice. According to the report, he was convicted for inflicting painful cancer treatments on a number of patients, many of whom did not actually have the disease.

Why Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed in New Mexico

According to a recently-published study, Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed or not recognized in a patient. Of 6,104 patients who took part in a survey conducted by an advocacy website, 61 percent said it took two years or more to receive a correct diagnosis. Roughly half said that it took up to 10 years to correctly diagnose their Lyme disease and that they were in fair or poor health during that time.

Working to eliminate medical error

New Mexico residents may know that medical mistakes happen. The leading cause of such errors involves a misdiagnosis, which occurs less often in hospitals than in doctor's offices. Despite the lower number of misdiagnosed hospital cases, such events may have more serious consequences due to the fact that patients who have been hospitalized are usually sicker than those visiting a doctor. Patients may help avoid this by proactively providing the physician with a timeline, noting symptoms and previous health issues.

COPD guidelines cause certain patients to be misdiagnosed

According to a new study, the current guidelines for diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are causing patients to be misdiagnosed in New Mexico and worldwide. The recently-published study calls for the guidelines to be modified.

Important questions to avoid prescription medication errors

People in New Mexico who are prescribed medication need to bear in mind that serious consequences can occur if there is a mistake made by the doctor or pharmacist. To avoid this, there are important questions that patients need to have answered prior to taking their medicines as directed.

How medical error attorneys can help victims

When New Mexico patients seek emergency medical treatment, the last thing they expect is to suffer due to mistakes made by their caregivers. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can result in serious injuries that put families through tremendous strain and may even lead to deaths. When such incidents occur, survivors are often left confused and hurt, and obtaining the advice of counsel may be their best option for seeking answers. At our firm, our attorneys are dedicated to helping you pursue closure.

Man awarded $500,000 for mockery during surgery

New Mexico patients may be shocked to learn that a Virginia patient who was made fun of by his anesthesiologist while he was in surgery was awarded about $500,000 on June 25. The man claimed that, in April 2013, he recorded the deprecating remarks on his cell phone when it was accidentally left on.