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Misdiagnosis is the major cause of malpractice involving children

When you're a parent, you hate it when your child is sick. You turn to a doctor you trust to make sure that your child gets whatever they need to get better.

Unfortunately, doctors seem to have a particularly difficult time diagnosing illnesses in young children with accuracy. In fact, the younger the patient, the more likely it is that your doctor will make a diagnostic mistake that could lead to a serious injury.

Why your electronic health care records aren't making you safer

The odds are very high that you haven't seen a physician with a paper chart in a very long time.

Back in 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) pressured physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records. The idea was partially to move patient care into the digital age.

Could electronic medical records be killing patients?

When you visit your doctor's office or you end up in the emergency room, do you want the doctor looking at you or a computer screen?

Unfortunately, the question is irrelevant for most patients because the computer screen won out when the majority of hospitals and offices moved to electronic health records. They're supposed to make things easier for doctors and nurses, and the care delivered to patients more consistent overall.

Supreme Court extends rules on asbestos warnings

What happens when a company makes a product that is, in itself, asbestos-free -- but requires a part made from asbestos in order to function?

Well, in the past, the people using those products mostly had no idea that they were in danger from the asbestos fibers coming from the added parts. Those people were, largely, in the Navy.

Retailer recalls makeup after testing finds asbestos

Many people think that asbestos is only found in older building materials like drywall and insulation. However, it's been identified in everything from crayons to baby powder. It's also been found in some makeup products -- at least according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This month, the FDA issued a consumer warning regarding specific makeup products sold by Claire's stores. The warning to consumers not to purchase the products follows test results that the agency says indicated the presence of asbestos fibers.

Birth control pills recalled due to mistakes in packaging

If you're a woman on birth control, it might be wise to take a look at your latest prescription and make sure that it hasn't been recalled.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a national recall on March 4, 2019, of birth control tablets produced by Apotex. Apotex voluntarily recalled four lots of Ethinyl Estradiol tables and Drospirenone tablets because of missing or incorrectly arranged pills.

Popular blood pressure medications recalled

One of the most common chronic health issues people face is hypertension, or high blood pressure. It occurs when the blood flows through your arteries too fast and the force of it puts undue stress and pressure on the artery walls. It is one of the leading risk factors to heart disease.

Luckily, high blood pressure is treatable through lifestyle changes and medication. However, three of the most commonly prescribed medications have recently led to some bad news: Over 125 lots tested positive for three different types of carcinogens. What does this mean for you?

FDA medical device approval process leaves many questions

When a new drug is being prepared for distribution, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts it through a rigorous testing process. It's so rigorous, in fact, that patients and doctors alike complain about how long it can take for a drug that's widely available overseas to hit the market in the United States.

The same is not true, however, for medical devices -- including surgical implants like hip replacements and bladder meshes. Many of those products, which are often marketed to both doctors and patients as the latest in high-tech medicine, are largely untested when they get put into people's bodies.

The most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions

Going to the doctor is supposed to make you feel better, both emotionally and physically. You schedule an appointment to be seen and hope that the doctor will make a proper diagnosis so that you can be treated accordingly. Here are the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions of patients in Tennessee and the rest of the country.

The most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Cancer
  • Celiac disease
  • Depression
  • Lyme disease
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Aortic dissection
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