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September 2015 Archives

Realistic expectations of cancer patients may improve outcomes

While doctors do their best to properly diagnose their patients, misdiagnoses of cancer are fairly common in Ohio and around the country. A study found that doctors themselves thought the misdiagnosis rate for cancer was no higher than 10 percent, while another study found that incorrect information regarding cancer diagnoses is given 28 percent of the time. Some types of cancers, such as breast cancer and lung cancer, are particularly more likely to be misdiagnosed.

Misdiagnosis is a major cause of malpractice

As some Ohio residents know, many patients die yearly around the country due to doctor error. Mistakes such as operating on the wrong site or the wrong patient as well as prescription error all have a part to play. Approximately 5 to 15 percent of the deaths are caused by a misdiagnosis. There are a variety of reasons why this happens.

Uber and safer roads in Ohio

According to research conducted at Temple University, markets in which the ride-sharing service Uber is allowed to compete see lower rates of DUI fatalities. Specifically, markets served by Uber X in California between 2009 and 2014 saw a 3.6 to 5.6 percent reduction in DUI deaths. Assuming a national average of 13,000 deaths a year attributable to drunk driving, 500 lives could be saved if Uber was implemented throughout the country.