Dealing With Health Anxiety After a Bad Experience With a Doctor Or Nurse

Visiting the doctor may not be a delightful experience, but it should, at minimum, be tolerable. If you’re like many patients, however, you dread annual physicals and other necessary appointments. This fear may stem from negative past experiences, which likely have left you feeling anxious about return trips. Outright avoidance is not a viable solution, however. Visiting the doctor is akin to maintenance on your vehicle; by stopping by regularly, you can avoid greater problems down the road. For the sake of your health, it is critical that you address your medical anxiety as soon as possible. These suggestions should…

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Study Shows Poor Infection Control in Nursing Homes Linked to Lower Staffing Levels | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Infections in nursing homes kill 400,000 residents a year according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.   The authors contend that nearly one-sixth of the US nursing homes have significant deficiencies in infection control.  Over 100,000 patient encounters were reviewed.  The University of Pittsburgh Public Health program researchers analyzed records from 2000 through 2007 and found that infection control citations in 96% of US nursing homes were linked to lower nursing staff levels. Infections are leading cause of morbidity and mortality in U.S. nursing homes.  This study reminds us of the direct link between professional…

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Bad Doctors – Who is Minding the Store? | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

An updated annual ranking of state medical boards by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen reveals widespread discrepancies in both the numbers of disciplinary actions taken against physicians’ licenses, and the rates of those disciplinary actions from state to state.  Though the specific numbers have changed again, a pronounced trend of significant discrepancies between individual states has held constant for years.  Unless geography influences a physician’s competence, these state-by-state discrepancies point to a dangerously inadequate national system of physician oversight — one that could conceivably allow dangerous, incompetent physicians to continue to practice medicine by moving from state to state. The data raises questions about patient safety — particularly the safety…

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Propylthiouracil Poses Serious Liver Injury | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire An U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report confirms that, two days ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “warned health care professionals about the risk of serious liver injury associated with the use of the anti-thyroid drug propylthiouracil for the treatment of Graves’ disease.” The FDA notification reported that an analysis of its Adverse Event Reporting System showed that there was an increased risk of hepatotoxicity. Importantly, comparing it to methimazole, a drug approved for the same purpose without the increased liver injury risk the FDA stated, “Health care professionals…

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