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What are drug interaction injuries?

Before you take any medications, it is essential that you learn whether or not those medications can have potentially negative interactions with each other and anything else you put in your body. If you or your caregiver fail to do so, you could end up with a serious injury caused by the adverse reactions of the drugs working on your system. This is known as a drug interaction injury.

Doctors often wrong about baby size

When a baby is suspected of being large, it is known as macrosomia or Large for Gestational Age, states Macrosomia.com. The condition is often formally diagnosed when a baby weighs more than eight pounds, thirteen ounces at or before birth. To prevent the condition from becoming an issue, doctors will often recommend that women with LGA babies undergo a cesarean section birth. However, a new study indicates that the methods which doctors use to diagnose the condition are often inaccurate.

Study: Breast biopsies often misinterpreted

Every year, it is estimated that about 1.6 million women undergo a breast biopsy in the United States, according to The New York Times. However, a new study shows that pathologists may not be reading the results of these biopsies correctly. This can put women in New York and elsewhere at risk of receiving the wrong type of treatment or no treatment at all.

Medical error a leading cause of death and health complications

Patients in New York and across the country may be surprised to learn that the third-highest cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer, is medical error, according to Healthcare IT News. In addition to the approximately 1,000 deaths that occur each day, emergency room errors and other mistakes are responsible for 10,000 serious health complications.

Lyme disease testing often leads to false positives in U.S.

In recent years, there has been a great deal of concern over Lyme disease. This tick-borne bacterial infection can be found throughout North America, but tends to be more prevalent in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. Therefore, New York residents have good reason to be concerned. Many people who have spent time in areas where deer ticks are to be found may have been infected with Lyme disease, yet have not been correctly diagnosed with the illness.

New York medical malpractice rules prompt criticism

The effective treatment of many different forms of cancer largely depends upon early detection and intervention. That is why New York physicians and other medical professionals are trained on how to accurately detect the early symptoms of cancer, as well as implement the necessary treatments as quickly as possible. After all, failing to do so can have catastrophic consequences for cancer patients and their families. Many patients and patient advocates are raising awareness to the fact that while incidents of medical negligence are damaging enough, current state malpractice guidelines are hurting patients as well.

Examining the increase in ER wait times

Many in Queens have probably seen the comedy sketches showing the skeletonized remains of people sitting in the waiting rooms at doctors' offices or in hospitals. Yet behind the humor lies a disturbing trend that's quickly becoming an issue in America's emergency rooms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that from 2003 to 2009, the average patient wait time in ERs across the country increased from 46.5 minutes to 58.1 minutes.

Assisting victims of a delayed or improper cancer diagnosis

When it comes to diagnosing cancer, there is no room for error. Sadly, people in New York, NY, and across the United States continue to suffer as a result of misdiagnoses, which are more common than many people realize. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP, we know all too well how physically, emotionally and financially painful it often is for people who are in this position. As a result, we remain committed to working with victims of medical malpractice and try to help them receive what they deserve.

Doctors who fail to diagnose cancer put lives at risk

Even with advanced technology, a surprising number of cancers are not detected soon enough or diagnosed properly. Although the National Cancer Institute reports that mammograms do not detect roughly 20 percent of all breast cancer cases, some false-negatives are the result of a doctor's careless mistake and may constitute medical malpractice.

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