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Why is Colon Cancer Often Misdiagnosed in Younger Patients?

Colon cancer generally affects patients who are over the age of 50, unless there is a family history of the disease, or the patient is African American or a native of Alaska. For years, the American Cancer Society’s colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommended that patients begin screening for the disease at the age of 50. » Read More


Misdiagnosing the Common Flu

From aches and pains to the chills and high fever, the common flu can feel uncommonly miserable. Fortunately, today’s flu vaccines are effective against most strains of the flu, and new vaccines continue to be developed. However, there are several serious health conditions that cause flu-like symptoms, including strep throat, bacterial meningitis, and pneumonia, but » Read More


November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, people across the country are preparing for the holidays, making travel plans, and reflecting on the things they are thankful for, including family, friends, and their good health. However, for thousands of people across the country who suffer from pancreatic cancer, November is also a time to bring » Read More


Pediatric Malpractice

When a child is sick or injured, parents will do what needs to be done to protect their child and obtain the medical care that they need. Unless it is a medical emergency, most parents turn to their child’s pediatrician to provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best course of treatment. However, if a » Read More


Understanding Medical Malpractice Compensation

Serious medical errors can cause a range of injuries or health complications that have devastating effects on the patient and his or her family. Depending on the nature of the error, and the medical care required to treat the injury, the patient can face mounting medical bills, lost wages, physical impairments or disfigurements, and emotional » Read More


When Is a Chiropractor Guilty of Medical Malpractice?

People see chiropractors for a variety reasons, from seeking treatment for chronic neck and back pain, to being proactive about maintaining their overall health and wellness. A reputable, qualified chiropractor takes a more holistic approach to health that focuses on maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal and nervous system. One of the main benefits of seeing a » Read More


Measuring Diagnostic Errors

Research shows that close to 12 million Americans are impacted by diagnostic errors each year, one-third of which result in serious injuries, disabilities, or even death. A researcher from Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has developed a new method for measuring and monitoring diagnostic errors to reduce the incidence of medical » Read More


Avoiding an ADHD Misdiagnosis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children under the age of 18. Oftentimes, physicians will diagnose a child with ADHD based on symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, irritability, fidgeting, forgetfulness, and anxiety. However, there are other medical conditions that » Read More


When Does a Misdiagnosis Warrant a Lawsuit?

According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are responsible for over 250,000 fatalities per year in the United States, making it the third leading cause of fatality. The two most common medical errors are misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, both of which can have very serious consequences. The term misdiagnosis includes delayed diagnosis, » Read More


How to Avoid a Misdiagnosis

Doctors often diagnose an illness based on the symptoms that the patient is suffering from, as well as the patient’s age, family history, and other information that can help accurately identify the problem. However, oftentimes, patients have symptoms that are nonspecific, like headaches, muscle or joint pain, or stomach discomfort that leave physicians just as » Read More