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  • Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

    05/11/2016 9:34:36 AM PDT · by fella · 42 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4 May 2016 | John Hopkins Medicine
    Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) third leading cause of death -- respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year. The Johns Hopkins team says the CDC's way of collecting national health statistics fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate. The researchers are advocating for updated criteria for classifying deaths on death...
  • Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in US [semi-satire]

    05/07/2016 11:55:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 May 2016 | John Semmens
    A study published in the prominent medical journal BMJ concluded that errors by doctors and hospitals kill more than 250,000 people a year in the US. Martin Makary, professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, led the research team and said “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care.” “In recent years a lot has been made of the issue of people living without health insurance and how the government must take heroic efforts to compel everyone to obtain insurance,” Makary observed....
  • Florida woman died after hospital thought she was faking: lawyers

    01/07/2016 4:39:30 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 6, 2016 6:30pm EST | Bill Cotterell
    A Florida woman who collapsed and later died after being arrested for refusing to leave a rural hospital emergency room may have lived if medical staff and police had not assumed she was faking illness, her lawyers said on Wednesday. Barbara Dawson, 57, complained of abdominal pains at Calhoun Liberty Hospital in the Florida Panhandle town of Blountstown five days before Christmas, but medical staff examined and released her. When she refused to leave, the hospital called the police, who handcuffed her and took her outside, where she collapsed in the hospital driveway. Dawson was returned to the hospital but...
  • A patient secretly records his colonoscopy. It cost this doctor her job.

    12/25/2015 3:39:57 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 181 replies ^ | June 23, 2015 |
    A patient undergoing a colonoscopy pressed “record” on his smartphone before being sedated, hoping to capture instructions from his physicians after the procedure. What he heard instead was shocking: “In addition to their vicious commentary, the doctors discussed avoiding the man after the colonoscopy, instructing an assistant to lie to him, and then placed a false diagnosis on his chart.” The incident cost his anesthesiologist $500,000 in the ensuing malpractice and defamation trial. The recording has to be heard to be believed.
  • Son awakens after armed father had standoff with police at hospital when he wouldn't let (tr)

    A father took a gun into hospital to stop doctors taking his son off life support - and during the three-hour stand-off the young man squeezed his hand. The sign that he wasn't brain dead meant he was kept alive - and he is now recovering and doing well. His father, 59-year-old George Pickering II, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after marching into Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas with a gun. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Doc Told Hundreds of Healthy People They Had Cancer

    07/06/2015 1:01:00 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 54 replies
    Yahoo! Health ^ | July 6, 2015
    Dr. Farid Fata put hundreds of people through hell in order to line his own pockets, and now federal prosecutors are seeking to put the Detroit-area oncologist away for 175 years. Fata has admitted that he misdiagnosed patients — 553 of them, according to prosecutors — and ordered chemotherapy and other unnecessary treatments for patients who didn’t even have cancer, report NBC News, which says some 9,000 needless injections or infusions were allegedly given.
  • Anesthesiologist trashes sedated patient — and it ends up costing her

    06/23/2015 6:05:35 PM PDT · by familyop · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2015 | Tom Jackman
    “After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op,” the anesthesiologist told the sedated patient, “I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit,” she was recorded saying...When a medical assistant noted the man had a rash, the anesthesiologist warned her not to touch it, saying she might get “some syphilis on your arm or something,” then added, “It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right.”...The anesthesiologist, Tiffany M. Ingham, 42, could not be reached for comment,...did not discourage Ingham from her comments or actions, which included writing on the man’s...
  • Abortion Clinic That Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Botches Two More Abortions

    05/30/2015 10:00:33 PM PDT · by kathsua · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Operation Rescue has received two 911 audio recordings related to two separate abortion-related medical emergencies that took place at Preterm Clinic in Cleveland on March 20 and April 24, 2015. During both incidents, abortionist Lisa Perriera was on duty according to eyewitnesses who tell Operation Rescue she was seen at Preterm at the time of the emergencies. Perriera is known for having conducted the second-trimester dismemberment abortion that led to the death of 22-year old Lakisha Wilson last year. Preterm-03202015 The March 20, 2015, recording indicated that a medical assistant employed by Preterm placed a call to 911 at 2:57...
  • OPINION: Gun violence is a health crisis

    03/12/2015 6:01:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | 03/12/2015 | William D. Bezdek , M.D.
    The American College of Physicians, combined with the American Bar Association and eight other professional organizations, has issued a call for action to stem the national crisis in firearm deaths and injuries. In a white paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they point out that more than 32,000 deaths a year are the result of gun violence. The United States has the most gun deaths of any industrialized nation. In addition, the number of injuries caused by guns is more than double the death number. The Children's Safety Network estimated that in 2010, gun violence cost $174 billion....
  • 724 Hospitals Have Lost Medicare Funding For Avoidable Complications

    01/24/2015 1:27:06 PM PST · by LucyT · 57 replies
    The Inquisitor ^ | January 24, 2015 | Staff
    Nationally, 724 hospitals have had their Medicare funding reduced after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that each had high rates of potentially avoidable “hospital-acquired conditions,” including falls, bed sores, and certain infections, including ventilator acquired pneumonia and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. CMS scored hospitals on the prevalence of three risk factors to their Medicare population patients: central line bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and serious complications, a catch-all group made up of eight types of injuries, including blood clots, falls, and bed sores. Funding can be reinstated for hospitals whose scores improve in the targeted areas.
  • You Can Keep Your Doctor…If He Doesn’t Kill Himself

    12/09/2014 8:52:27 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/9/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    As the ACA (Obamacare) enters its comic relief phase, with the Jon Gruber videos; the “now you tell me” confessions of Democratic lawmakers who say that the bill should not have been passed; and the truly unwanted resurrection of Kathy Sebelius, maybe it’s time to get serious once again. In health care, it can’t get any more serious than physician suicide. Official estimates put the annual toll of American physicians who die at their own hand as high as 400. But, given the stigma of suicide—especially among doctors—this figure is probably low. Indeed, what are the chances that a physician,...
  • Joan Rivers had surprise throat biopsy that cut off her air supply, source claims

    09/10/2014 3:49:35 AM PDT · by iowamark · 55 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/9/2014 | Don Kaplan
    EXCLUSIVE: The late comedian went to Yorkville Endoscopy for a routine endoscopy on Aug. 28, but a doctor — who arrived with Rivers' entourage — offered to perform a biopsy after another doctor noticed 'something' on the entertainer's vocal chords, a medical source told the Daily News. The routine surgical procedure Joan Rivers was supposed to undergo turned deadly when a doctor who arrived at the clinic with the legendary comic’s entourage performed an unplanned biopsy on her vocal cords, a medical source who was briefed on the case told The News. Such a procedure is not supposed to be...
  • Poor care at VA hospitals cost 1,000 veterans their lives, report says

    06/24/2014 6:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) $1B in malpractice settlements as horror stories revealed.The problems at Veterans Affairs extend well beyond long wait lists, with a report Tuesday showing the department is plagued with poor care that has cost up to 1,000 veterans their lives and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the problems detailed in the report by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are downright ghoulish. They include the case of a former security chief at a New York Veterans Affairs medical center whom the FBI...
  • Abortionist Injures Two Women in Botched Abortions on the Same Day

    06/12/2014 12:29:44 AM PDT · by kathsua · 2 replies ^ | 6/9/14 | Cheryl Sullenger
    An ambulance as called to the Venice Women’s Health Center in Port Charlotte, Florida, last week to transport an abortion patient to the hospital for emergency care. The patient, who was described as a Caucasian woman in her early 30′s, was removed from the abortion clinic completely covered with a blanket on June 3, 2014. Pro-life activists who witnessed the incident told Operation Rescue that one of the emergency medical technicians who responded to the abortion business’ call for emergency assistance indicated that the patient was going to be “okay.” azima“Certainly there are degrees of ‘okay’ and this doesn’t negate...
  • Whatever Happened to Medical Malpractice Reform?

    04/03/2014 9:10:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/03/2014 | John Merline
    President Obama might be thrilled that 7.1 million people apparently signed up for ObamaCare exchanges. But doctors have good reason to withhold their applause. Back in June 2009, Obama told a gathering of the American Medical Association that he was "looking at a range of ideas" that would stem the tide of costly medical malpractice lawsuits and "scale back the excessive defensive medicine." A few months later, he told Congress that "I've talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs" and that he would borrow a page from President Bush and fund demonstration...
  • One Doctor’s Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing Reality of Obamacare’s ‘War Against Doctors’

    03/28/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 3-28-14 | Emily Hulsey
    In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacare’s “war against doctors.” Here is the full text of the letter, courtesy of Rep. Brooks’ office: Dear Congressman Brooks, As a practicing family physician, I plead for help against what I can best characterize as Washington’s war against doctors. The medical profession has never before remotely approached today’s stress, work hours, wasted costs, decreased efficiency, and declining ability...
  • A Great Way To Lower Health Care Costs…Ignored

    01/27/2014 9:13:57 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/27/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The cost of defensive medicine, those tests and procedures ordered solely to protect hospitals and physicians from medical malpractice (Med-Mal) litigation, are estimated to cost as much as $200 billion each year. That’s more than seven percent of all the money spent on health care annually. A number of Republicans tried—to no avail—to include some aspect of tort reform in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). So did Bart Gordon (D-TN), a Blue Dog Democrat, and he also failed. In the summer of 2009, Howard Dean, a physician, onetime presidential candidate, and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, was asked...
  • Family Who Sued Kaiser After Daughter’s Death Fights Law That Limits Malpractice Payout

    01/16/2014 10:15:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | January 15, 2014 11:20 PM | Stacey Butler
    BALDWIN PARK ( — A family who sued Kaiser Permanente Medical Center after the death of their 10-year-old daughter is outraged over a law that limits the payout in a malpractice suit. Dekel Zelig said his wife took their daughter, Daniela, to Kaiser in Baldwin Park after the youngster wasn’t feeling well in March 2012. “She was vomiting, she was nauseous, she had a fever, she didn’t feel good,” Zelig said. The father said the doctor sent Daniela home without monitoring her blood pressure or taking an X-ray. He said the doctor checked his daughter’s lungs with a stethoscope on...
  • The Obama and Christie Scandals

    01/14/2014 7:30:59 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/10/2014 | Andrew Stiles
    The GOP was accused of overreaching on the IRS; the Left won’t drop the traffic scandal. Some observers were quick to compare New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal to the inappropriate targeting of conservative activist group by the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service. Both involve the abuse of power to punish political opponents, and stunned, angry, saddened executives who blamed their underlings. However, the media’s reactions to the two scandals have been quite different. The New York Times, for example, ran a “Room for Debate” forum asking contributors to debate whether or not Christie should resign as a result...
  • Hospital Agrees to Let Family Move Jahi McMath to New Medical Facility

    01/05/2014 2:15:51 AM PST · by kathsua · 29 replies ^ | 1/04/14 | Steve Srtelt
    After a protracted legal battle, Children’s Hospital Oakland reached an agreement with Jahi Mcmath’s family to allow a medical team to enter the hospital to perform the procedures necessary to move her to a medical facility that will continue her care and treatment. Her mother and family say she is alive following a tonsillectomy gone awry that has left her in an incapacitated state since early December. The family in the case says the hospital has been starving Jahi for three weeks. The San Francisco Chronicle has more details: The agreement, described in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court...
  • The Ten Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice

    12/31/2013 5:52:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/31/2013 | Tom Blumer
    As the year ends, I see that others have already conscientiously compiled lists of the most underreported and misreported [2] stories of the year, with some even breaking matters down between foreign [3] and domestic [4].With that task addressed, I thought it would be worthwhile to compile a far from comprehensive list of ten of the more noteworthy techniques which those who pretend to be loyal to the tenets of journalism employed during 2013 to deceive, misinform, misdirect and smear.1. Pretend that “no one” is saying something, when they really are.Carol Costello of CNN claimed in January [5] that “no...
  • Abortion Foes Would Let Women Sue Clinics Over Regulation

    12/10/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o
    Jill Stanek ^ | December 9, 2013 | Kelli
    All the work in getting pro-life legislation passed can be lost if there are no tools for enforcing them,” [AUL's Charmaine] Yoest said by e-mail. “The enforcement module, for the first time, equips ordinary Americans to file a complaint, and expands the potential for people in their own communities – in addition to state attorney generals or other legal office holders – to hold the abortion industry accountable.”… A group that helped states write legislation for a record number of abortion restrictions since 2011 is expanding its toolkit with proposals to let patients and their families sue clinics to enforce...
  • Doc Who Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Injures Another Woman

    11/27/2013 9:14:32 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    For the third time this year, one of LeRoy Carhart’s abortion patients were rushed to Shady Grove Hospital (SGH) in Maryland for emergency treatment after a late-term abortion. On Tuesday at 11:45 a.m., an ambulance arrived at Germantown Reproductive Health Services and loaded a women for transport to the SGH emergency room. Sources inform Operation Rescue that the women underwent emergency surgery at the hospital. Video taken by a local pro-life activist showed a woman covered head-to-toe in a sheet and that neither Carhart nor any of his staff accompanied the injured woman from the clinic to the ambulance. On...
  • Hands Down The Most Disturbing Testimony Video From A Retired Vet Ever

    11/14/2013 11:26:13 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/15/2013
    This video is of a former Air Force Officer who had her body completely destroyed by military doctors at the VA Hospital and the story just snowballs into hell from there. This video was posted just 6 days ago and already has nearly 400,000 views on YouTube alone not to mention another 250,000 on LiveLeak. Watch this and try and make sense of it.
  • Doctors Tell Mom to Abort “Brain Dead” Baby, Mom Sues After Delivering Healthy Child

    09/06/2013 5:21:03 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A mother in England is filing suit against a hospital where doctors told her she should have an abortion of her supposedly “brain dead” unborn baby. Sarah Hagan is now suing City Hospitals Sunderland after giving birth to a healthy child. Hagan says that, after a 24-week ultrasound scan of her unborn baby, doctors told her that her son Aaron was “brain dead,” had just one eye and no chance of survival. The mother of two says physicians adviser her to take an abortion drug, even though the mifepristone abortion pill is only authorized to be used to destroy the...
  • Preschoolers With ADHD Often Treated Incorrectly (90%)

    05/04/2013 12:51:17 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 39 replies
    Doctors usually do not follow guidelines for treating very young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). In the study, about 90 percent of doctors surveyed did not strictly adhere to new guidelines recommended for treating preschoolers with ADHD, such as when to start medications, and which medications to use.
  • Calif. Entrepreneur, 24, Dies After Getting Wisdom Teeth Pulled Out

    04/03/2013 7:22:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 101 replies ^ | April 2, 2013 5:17 PM
    TEMECULA ( — A young California entrepreneur died after getting his wisdom teeth pulled out at an oral surgeon’s office in Temecula. Marek Lapinski, 24, the vice president and part-owner of a Murrieta-based tactical equipment facility, had the routine dental procedure done on March 21. Lapinski’s family said he began to cough during the surgery and went into cardiac arrest. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he died a few days later. Natalie Lapinski, the victim’s sister, told reporters her brother was given at least six different sedatives, including propofol, by Dr. Steven Paul. Natalie also said Lapinski’s...
  • Mother of James Holmes Says She Didn’t Tell ABC Her Son Was the Killer [Updated](ABC lies AGAIN)

    07/23/2012 5:47:39 PM PDT · by madison10 · 54 replies
    New York Daily Mag ^ | July 23, 2012 | Joe Carscarelli
    During the chaotic aftermath of the Colorado shooting on Friday, a particularly chilling moment came when ABC News spoke to the mother of suspect James Holmes by phone. The network reported that the woman, reached in California, "told ABC News her son was likely the alleged culprit, saying, 'You have the right person.'" The article also said that Holmes's mother was "apparently speaking on gut instinct" when she "immediately expressed concern her son may be involved in the shooting death of at least 12 people overnight." Today, she disputed that account, claiming her quotes were misused. If true, that would...
  • 15-year-old schoolgirl died after 'doctor mistook tuberculosis for lovesickness'

    05/15/2012 2:22:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 05-14-2012 | Staff
    A 15-year-old schoolgirl died of tuberculosis after her bungling GP claimed she was 'lovesick', an inquest heard. Alina Sarag was seen by more than five doctors at four different hospitals but medics failed to detect the curable disease. Her distraught parents even called her GP more than 50 times about their daughter's ailing condition over a four-and-a-half month period before her death on January 6 last year. An inquest heard that her GP, Dr Sharad Shripadrao Pandit, accused her parents of "mollycoddling" her. Shockingly, he even claimed her symptoms were brought on because she was 'lovesick'. Her distraught father, Sultan...
  • Herzfeld & Rubin Accused of Malpractice, Breach of Trust

    05/05/2012 9:35:36 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 6 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | May 5, 2012 | Jonathan Ariel
    Herzfeld & Rubin Accused of Malpractice, Breach of TrustIs Herzfeld & Rubin denying heart patient life saving medicine?By Jonathan Ariel Israel News AgencyTel Aviv --- May 5, 2012 ... An Israeli-American citizen has accused Herzfeld & Rubin, a New York law firm of malpractice - withholding payment of life saving heart medicine, allowing an eviction to take place and willfully, maliciously abusing and defrauding a Trust Fund that Herzfeld & Rubin had authored for him in accordance with the instructions of his late father Bernard Leyden. Herzfeld & Rubin describes itself as "a full service international law firm, headquartered in...
  • Vanity: Reading Resources

    09/28/2011 3:17:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 90 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 1, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A special education teacher wrote to me about the abuse of Ritalin. The teacher said: “My students are on Ritalin. This is a brain shrinking, top tier heavily psychotropic drug, as you know. The authorities KNOW this is their weapon for the most intelligent boys... ” The teacher believes this is a high-level NWO plot, which is not a road I like to go down. But the teacher got me thinking... Here are the two parts I’m personally sure of: 1) The Education Establishment in this country, for 75 years, has used bogus methods (i.e., Whole Word) to teach reading....
  • Henderson doctor sues parents of patient who overdosed

    08/27/2011 6:24:43 PM PDT · by redreno · 21 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 | 2 a.m. | Marshall Allen, ProPublica
    The dramatic rise in prescription narcotics use — and the subsequent increase in overdose deaths — has led to a spate of lawsuits across the country targeting doctors for malpractice or running pill mills. But legal experts say the case of one family physician in Henderson stands out. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter has turned the tables, filing a lawsuit against the parents of a young woman who died from an overdose of narcotics that he prescribed.
  • UK National Health Service Dangerous for Elderly

    05/28/2011 7:23:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Denial of treatment for those deemed “too old to invest in” isn’t the only hazard faced by those entrusted to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). Dehydration and starvation also take a toll. A recent study by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) indicated that dehydration contributes to 800 deaths and malnutrition to 300 deaths per year among those housed in NHS hospitals. Spokesperson for the Hospital Workers Union, Mildred Ratched, placed the blame primarily on the doctors. “Our people are just following orders,” Ratched said. “If the doctors wanted these patients to have food and water they should have...
  • UM doctors get protection from lawsuits

    05/04/2011 9:12:41 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 04, 2011 | Patricia Mazzei
    In a long-sought move, the University of Miami won a legislative victory on Wednesday when Florida lawmakers agreed to extend state lawsuit protection to university doctors working in public hospitals. Gov. Rick Scott will likely sign the bill into law. Scott is also expected to sign another lawsuit-limitation bill that passed Wednesday that changes the way people can sue automobile makers. The vote to give “sovereign immunity” to UM has been years in the making. The state protects government hospital employees, residents and interns — including those at Miami’s Jackson Health System — from major medical malpractice judgments. But UM...
  • Is a lawsuit possible? (Vanity)

    04/04/2011 3:08:41 PM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 11 replies
    Vaniity | March 4th | William of Barsoom
    Is it possible to sue a politician for violation of an implied contract when he fails to perform in accord with his campaign promises?
  • EDITORIAL: Leash law for lawyers--Congress takes aim at jackpot justice

    03/01/2011 4:38:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2011 | Editorial
    The Republican-led House of Representatives is fighting back against big-money plaintiffs’ attorneys who use campaign cash to control congressional Democrats. A provision in the budget continuing resolution would forbid government from spending funds to implement a new Consumer Product Safety Commission program. On March 11, the CPSC is set to launch a new online database publishing thousands of outside complaints about allegedly unsafe products. These attacks would be publicized before any investigation and without independent evidence that complaints are legitimate. It’s an open invitation for competitors or interest groups to destroy a product’s reputation - and sales - without proof....
  • Cameras, and Rules Against Them, Stir Passions in Delivery Rooms

    02/03/2011 11:03:30 AM PST · by lbryce · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2011 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE CASCADE, Md. — When Laurie Shifler was expecting her eighth child, she was so upset about a local hospital’s new policy restricting photographs of births that she started an online petition. Hundreds of people, near and far, signed it, many expressing outrage that a hospital would prevent parents from recording such a momentous occasion, one that could never be recaptured. The hospital, Meritus Medical Center, in nearby Hagerstown, bars all pictures and videos during birth — cellphones must be turned off — and allows picture-taking only after the baby has been delivered safely and the medical...
  • Washington Post-ABC poll: Public is not yet sold on GOP ( not even sworn in yet! )

    12/15/2010 10:04:47 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 30 replies · 3+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | December 15th | Dan Balz(D-MD) and Jon Cohen(D-MD)
    Republicans may have made major gains in the November elections, but they have yet to win the hearts and minds of the American people, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
  • Manslaughter Case against Massachusetts Abortionist Begins Today

    09/13/2010 1:34:34 PM PDT · by topher · 6 replies ^ | September 13, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Monday September 13, 2010 Manslaughter Case against Massachusetts Abortionist Begins Today By Kathleen GilbertBOSTON, September 13, 2010 ( - The trial into charges of involuntary manslaughter against a Massachusetts abortionist whose botched abortion killed Laura Hope Smith, 22, begins Monday, exactly three years after the young woman's death, according to an Associated Press report.Prosecutors charged Dr. Rapin Osathanondh of Cape Cod with manslaughter in July 2008 in connection with the death of Smith, 22, whose heart stopped during an abortion. Osathanondh resigned his license in February 2008, the same day the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine issued charges...
  • La. officials suspend abortion clinic's license

    09/04/2010 4:48:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 9/3/2010
    Louisiana health officials suspended an abortion clinic's license Friday, the first time the state has used its new authority to shut down such a facility over health and safety concerns. The Louisiana health department ordered the Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport to immediately cease performing the procedures, saying an investigation found the clinic failed to ensure that a physician performed and documented a physical exam on each woman before a procedure. The clinic also failed to follow several procedures involving anesthesia, including not properly monitoring vital signs, the agency said. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a law in...
  • Abortion doctor licensed in N.J. [to quit] practicing in MD - patient is critically injured

    09/05/2010 11:51:52 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies ^ | September 04, 2010 | AP
    Associate Press article BALTIMORE — Maryland health officials have ordered two doctors, one of whom is licensed and has several offices in New Jersey, to stop performing abortions after a woman was critically injured during a procedure last month. The Maryland Board of Physicians ordered Dr. Steven Brigham to stop practicing medicine without a license in Maryland and suspended the license of Dr. Nicola Riley. Police raided one of Brigham's offices in Elkton looking for medical records, and found dozens of late-term fetuses in a freezer at a clinic. ... Riley and Brigham brought an injured 18-year-old woman in a...
  • Maryland Orders Dangerous Abortionist to Stop Practicing Illegally

    09/01/2010 1:31:35 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies ^ | September 1, 2010
    Wednesday September 1, 2010 Maryland Orders Dangerous Abortionist to Stop Practicing Illegally ELKTON, Md., Aug. 31, 2010 ( - Troubled abortionist Steven Chase Brigham has been issued a cease and desist order by the Maryland State Board of Physicians. The order demands that he stop the illegal practice of medicine, including abortions, at five locations throughout Maryland because he does not and never has been licensed in that state.   The order, dated August 25, 2010, indicates that Brigham has been practicing illegally in Maryland since January, 2010.   The document referred to an incident that occurred on August...
  • Italian minister apologises after delivery room fight

    08/31/2010 1:51:11 AM PDT · by tlb · 1 replies
    bbc ^ | 30 August 2010 | staff
    Italy's health minister has apologised to a woman for a fight between two doctors in the delivery room as she was about to give birth. Laura Salpietro, 30, had her uterus removed and her baby boy suffered heart problems and possible brain damage at birth on Thursday in Messina, Sicily. After a heated exchange of words, one of the doctors seized his colleague by the neck and shoved him into a wall, according to Mr Molonia's account to police, reports said. The other doctor reacted by punching a window, which shattered, injuring his hand, they said. Prosecutors have placed five...
  • Nearly One Million Children in U.S. Potentially Misdiagnosed With ADHD, Study Finds

    08/19/2010 3:38:18 AM PDT · by tlb · 81 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 17, 2010 | staff
    Nearly 1 million children in the United States are potentially misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder simply because they are the youngest -- and most immature -- in their kindergarten class. These children are significantly more likely than their older classmates to be prescribed behavior-modifying stimulants such as Ritalin. Such inappropriate treatment is particularly worrisome because of the unknown impacts of long-term stimulant use on children's health, Elder said. It also wastes an estimated $320 million-$500 million a year on unnecessary medication. Elder said the "smoking gun" of the study is that ADHD diagnoses depend on a child's age relative...
  • [Medical Malpractice]Abortionists Dump Kansas Licenses, Will Avoid Discipline

    08/06/2010 12:30:14 PM PDT · by topher · 3 replies
    Friday August 6, 2010 Late-term Abortionists Dump Kansas Licenses, Will Avoid Discipline Albuquerque, NM, August 6, 2010 ( – Two Albuquerque late-term abortionists who worked for George Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services (WHCS) in Wichita, Kansas, before it permanently closed last year have dumped their Kansas medical licenses.Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, has speculated that the move was deliberately made in order to place the pair outside the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA).Tiller and his employees have come under intense scrutiny from the KSBHA for engaging in practices of questionable legality. The...
  • After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks

    08/01/2010 5:18:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 6+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | WALT BOGDANICH
    When Alain Reyes’s hair suddenly fell out in a freakish band circling his head, he was not the only one worried about his health. His co-workers at a shipping company avoided him, and his boss sent him home, fearing he had a contagious disease. Only later would Mr. Reyes learn what had caused him so much physical and emotional grief: he had received a radiation overdose during a test for a stroke at a hospital in Glendale, Calif. Other patients getting the procedure, called a CT brain perfusion scan, were being overdosed, too — 37 of them just up the...
  • Girl texted pics of herself

    07/30/2010 12:54:21 PM PDT · by frithguild · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Sun - UK ^ | July 30, 2010 | STAFF REPORTER
    A DESPERATE woman texted photos of herself slowly DYING to her mum as she lay suffering on a hospital bed - being ignored by NHS doctors. Tragic Jo Dowling, 25, sent over forty messages to her mother and best friend including pictures of a deadly rash spreading across her body as her life ebbed away. The pretty youngster was diagnosed by her family GP with suspected Meningococcal Septicaemia after developing a purple skin rash and low blood pressure last November. She was rushed to Milton Keynes Hospital where A&E doctors rejected the diagnosis believing instead her illness was a mild...
  • Woman chronicled her own death from meningitis in phone pictures (NHS ignored her symptoms)

    Woman chronicled her own death from meningitis in phone pictures as doctors told her spreading rash was only a 'minor infection' 30th July 2010 Doctors stopped antibiotics and gave her headache tablets Medics 'didn't see' deadly rash spreading across her limbs Patient died just 14 hours after being admitted to hospital A desperate patient texted photos of a deadly rash spreading across her body to her mother as she lay dying on a hospital bed while being ignored by NHS doctors. Critically ill Jo Dowling, 25, sent more than 40 pictures and messages to her mother and best friend as...
  • "Comprehensive Malpractice Reform", "Comprehensive Border Control Reform"

    06/17/2010 7:08:23 AM PDT · by cartervt2k · 89+ views
    Me | 6/17/2010 | Me
    Some legislative ideas for the new Congress. Any "comprehensive reform" bills must be good, right? Let's send them to the emperor's desk, and make him veto them. Another possible idea: single-payer litigation services (the right to file a claim is a God-given, Constitutional right, right?) Discuss.
  • U.S. to Begin Handing out Grants to Reduce Medical Malpractice Suits

    06/13/2010 5:45:42 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 461+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06-11-10 | JANET ADAMY
    WASHINGTON—The government is set to begin handing out $25 million in grants Friday aimed at reducing medical malpractice lawsuits, part of a compromise offered by President Barack Obama last year in response to calls for an overhaul of the malpractice system. During last year's health debate, Republicans criticized the president for not addressing the rising cost of medical liability lawsuits as part of his sweeping health overhaul legislation. The final health bill passed in March included only limited measures aimed at curbing such lawsuits. In his joint address to Congress last September, Mr. Obama asked the Department of Health and...