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March 2014 Archives

Study: Patients paying for brain scans that may not be necessary

The time spent in the waiting room at a doctor’s office alone can be draining. Many North Adams patients then have to endure long appointments and follow-up meetings to resolve issues. While these trips can be time-consuming, they can also be life-saving as physicians conduct tests to try to avoid medical negligence. Mounting evidence is showing, however, that some of these tests are not only unnecessary, but they are costing a significant amount of money.

Massachusetts doctor misdiagnosed fatal heart condition

Many people know that chest pain can be a sign of something serious. When a North Adams resident experiences tightness in the chest, he or she typically seeks the help of a physician. It is imperative for the doctor to run the recommended tests in order to diagnose and treat the problem. Infections in the heart can prove to be fatal, and quick, correct actions can prevent tragedy. Unfortunately for one 23-year-old man, a doctor did not take the right course of treatment.

Massachusetts seeks to prevent malpractice with e-records system

Technology is one of the reasons medical care has made huge advancements. Patients in Massachusetts can now undergo advanced testing to diagnose issues and receive treatments using high-tech equipment. Despite these strides, there are still instances of medical negligence, such as giving an individual the wrong medication. In an effort to reduce the chances of these errors, the state is launching a new mandate.

Missed brain injury diagnosis leaves boxer bedridden

Professional athletes are at risk for injuries on a regular basis. The sports they play in Massachusetts stadiums or elsewhere usually involve physical contact or pushing themselves to the limit. Doctors are typically on-site to care for the athletes, though failure to make an accurate diagnosis can sideline a player. Boxing is especially hazardous, as the intent of the sport is to harm the other person. For one Russian heavyweight, a medical mistake means that his life will never be the same.

Doctors without licenses still issue medicine via Medicare Part D

Patients put a lot of trust into their doctors to provide the best care and prescribe the right medicine. One thing many North Adams residents may not consider is whether or not their physician is in good standing with local and national medical boards. In fact, due to a flawed system, recent reports show that doctors who have committed medical negligence are still practicing and prescribing.

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