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July 2014 Archives

E-records led to Massachusetts woman's death, other issues

Medical industry leaders have started to realize that they need to catch up with evolving technology. Many medical providers in North Adams are on the cutting edge when it comes to equipment or treatments. Despite those advancements, there is still room for a doctor error due to an antiquated record-keeping system. The recent push for electronic records is intended to eliminate that risk, but some people argue that the process of changing systems is creating additional hazards.

World Cup incident prompts calls to limit heading in youth soccer

Many Massachusetts parents encourage their children to participate in group sports, which can be beneficial to their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual health. Unfortunately, sometimes participation in sports can leave children with brain injuries that can have long-term negative effects on their health and wellness.

Jury: Radiologist fails to diagnose cancer in Massachusetts woman

Catching cancer early is often one of the best ways to battle the illness. If a doctor makes an error that results in a failure to diagnose cancer, the results for a North Adams resident can be devastating. The patient may miss out on potentially lifesaving treatments as well as the time to develop an appropriate plan of action. As one recent lawsuit illustrates, making a mistake in diagnosing cancer can be deadly.

Nearly 600 veterans waiting months for care at Massachusetts VAs

Having access to proper medical care is an important part of helping people heal from their injuries or illnesses. For military veterans in North Adams, there are several Department of Veterans Affairs facilities that provide services. Across the country, government officials have been running audits to determine if there is medical negligence in these hospitals concerning access to care.

Study: Failure to diagnose diabetes can result in heart disease

Perhaps the biggest reason people go to the doctor is to get treatment for whatever is ailing them. For some Massachusetts patients, an appointment with a physician can also be preventative. If a there is a failure to make an accurate diagnosis regarding certain conditions, there could be additional medical problems to bear. As one study points out, a missed diagnosis can set off a chain of unfortunate events.

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