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July 2013 Archives

MelaFind technology helps identify skin cancer

One of the deadliest forms of cancer is melanoma, a type of skin cancer. This aggressive disease often goes undetected or ignored by people in Massachusetts and across America until it is too advanced to be treated. Usually, a patient notices that a mole has formed or changed in appearance without any other symptoms. To determine whether the mole is cancerous, a doctor must observe it for certain features and, if it appears suspicious, cells must be biopsied. Accordingly, in order to catch melanoma, a patient is dependent on his or his doctor's abilities, and failure to make an accurate diagnosis can result in a poor outcome.

Bed rest not always best for pregnant women

When women in Massachusetts become pregnant, they’re often careful to avoid smoking and alcoholic beverages, and they do all that they can to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If pregnancy complications arise, they may be quick to seek the advice of their doctors. Unfortunately, doctors’ advice to their patients is not always helpful.

Medical errors almost causes organ harvest from alive woman

Medical patients in Massachusetts rely on their doctors to provide them with the best care possible. While doctors cannot solve every problem, their many years of medical school, residency, and additional training provide them with skills far above and beyond a layperson. Certainly, no one is perfect, but the stakes are very high when a doctor error occurs. The result of a mistake can be life threatening and have a long-term impact on a patient’s future.

Patient awarded $200,000 in medical malpractice case

When a patient in Massachusetts or elsewhere receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, the shock can be overwhelming. The devastating news of stage four cancer can lead to severe anxiety, panic and depression for a patient who had expected to live a longer life. Sleepless nights spent trying to plan for the uncertain future of loved ones can take its toll. Accordingly, there should be no doctor error when a healthcare professional advises a patient that he or she has only months to live.

Family recovers $5.25 million for newborn brain injury

When a pregnant woman visits a hospital to have a baby, it is unlikely that there will be complications.  Most full term pregnancies in Massachusetts and across the country result in a healthy child. Even if a woman undergoes a C-section, modern medicine and proper doctor training have rendered this procedure to be generally safe for the mother and baby. However, when an obstetrician or other doctor makes a mistake handling a labor and delivery, the result can be catastrophic. A baby can suffer severe brain injuries that can prevent him or her from ever living a normal life.

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