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August 2015 Archives

Undiagnosed meningococcal meningitis in young ones can be deadly

Residents of Pittsburgh who have children know how many worries these children can bring. Parents often worry about whether their babies have adequate growth, if what appears to be a cold is actually something serious, if their child has a learning disability and a million other worries. But when a serious medical condition is missed because of a failure to diagnose it can quickly become a parent's worst nightmare.

Neonatal coarctation of the aorta is frequently missed

New parents in Pittsburgh are often overjoyed at their new arrival. They have been filled with excited anticipation for months prior to their baby's arrival. But while most babies arrive healthy, occasionally there is a failure to diagnose of a major medical problem.

Have you been affected by a failure to diagnose cancer?

Many Pittsburgh residents have been affected by cancer in some way--whether by a family member being diagnosed, a close friend or even themselves. When a doctor says that you have cancer it can sound like the worst thing that has ever happened. But occasionally, not hearing a proper diagnosis can be even worse. Negligence can occur when a physician has fails to diagnose cancer in one of his or her patients.

Have you been a victim of medical malpractice?

For those who have spent time in a doctor's office, the thought of any type of medical error may never have crossed their mind. Unfortunately, such instances do occur and while one can hopefully go a lifetime without experiencing such an event, knowing how to identify some commons signs of medical malpractice can help deal with the issue in a more efficient manner.

Medication errors that can be dangerous

Most Pittsburgh residents will take a prescription medication at some time in their lives. Many will need numerous prescription medications to maintain their health. Accordingly, it is important to keep in mind some of the more common medication errors that can be made and cause serious injury.

Doctors may be making medication errors for ADHD

Many parents in the Pittsburgh area have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD. In recent years, better screening procedures and more awareness have led to an increase in the number of kids who have been diagnosed. But a study has recently been released saying that some kids are receiving the wrong medication and suffering from medication errors and strong side effects.

Pittsburgh hospital now offering online ratings

Many Pittsburgh residents use the internet to check out restaurants, service providers, motels and other businesses. There are many online services that provide ratings and reviews of these services, which can be valuable for consumers. A Pittsburgh hospital is jumping on the bandwagon by offering online ratings of its doctors. Errors such as a failure to diagnose could be part of the review that patients can leave for their medical provider.

Less care better for end-stage cancer patients facing death?

Many Pittsburgh residents have a family member or friend who has suffered from a cancer diagnosis. Because of the excellent medical care offered in Pittsburgh, many of those afflicted with cancer are able to go into remission. But not all cancers can be cured and thousands of people throughout the country die each year from cancer. According to a new study, less care for those who have end-stage cancer may be better for the patient up until their death.

Birth Injuries: what is Pennsylvania birth asphyxia?

Expectant parents in Pittsburgh are anxious and excited about the upcoming birth of their child. A new family member is one of the most momentous occasions in a family's life. Most births go as planned, but occasionally, an unexpected birth injury occurs. These can be scary and traumatic for families as full trust is often put into medical providers.

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