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December 2015 Archives

Medical providers rarely disclose medical mistakes

Medical patients in Ohio and across the United States are injured or killed every year as a result of medical malpractice. In fact, malpractice has been called the third highest cause of death in the U.S. A new study by ProPublica of over 1,000 patients has found that when medical errors occur, health care providers often fail to disclose what happened to the patients and their families.

Visual screening for skin cancer may not be effective

Ohio residents may be interested in a draft recommendation statement about skin cancer screenings released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Dec. 1. According to the release, it is unclear if a full-body visual exam by a physician significantly reduces mortality from skin cancer. The USPSTF said that patients should still discuss any skin cancer questions with their doctors.

Payments for claims against anesthesiologists have decreased

Patients in Ohio can suffer severe consequences when an anesthesiologist makes a mistake. A new study on payments for medical malpractice claims filed against anesthesiologists found that the most common outcome for patients who were the subject of the claims was death. The study looked at 2,408 payments that were made over a period between 2005 and 2013.

Increased Alzheimer's risk from ADT cancer treatment

According to a new study, some men in Ohio and throughout the United States with prostate cancer may face a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease as a result of one particular type of treatment. Androgen deprivation therapy may make patients twice as likely to develop the disease.

Judge rules plaintiffs may seek punitive damages against GM

General Motors has been accused of manufacturing and selling defective cars for more than a decade. These vehicles have been involved in many serious accidents in Ohio and across the country, resulting in numerous lawsuits against the corporation. Now a federal judge has ruled that the corporation can be assessed with punitive damages, even though GM argued that its earlier bankruptcy case shielded it from liability.