Safety and Health Reporter

Diagnosis-Misdiagnosis
Diagnosis-misdiagnosis are contrary terms but frequently go hand-in-hand.  Studies indicate that doctors make the wrong diagnosis in 10% to 15% of office visits for a new problem.   Diagnosis-Misdiagnosis Avoiding the Latter The average office visit with most physicians last no more than 21 minutes.  The physician's ability to make a diagnosis ...
Back Pain
One in four adults experience back pain in the course of a year.  This is also a common reason for doctors' visits.  Most people recover from back pain without any medical treatment. Back Pain Treatment The generally recommended treatment mode is over-the-counter medication, rest and exercise  for what is called nonspecific back ...
Vertigo Car Accidents
Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning.  Car accidents can be the cause.  Vertigo itself is simply a symptom, not a disease.  Vertigo Involves Loss Of BalanceYour ability to maintain proper balance is a function of fluid in the inner ear area that sends signals to ...
Car Accidents Alighting from Vehicle
Many people do not appreciate that car accidents involving alighting from a vehicle are frequently the fault of the person who is exiting the vehicle.  For instance imagine that you park on the right side of a one-way street.  Exiting from that vehicle on the driver's side into a lane ...
Construction Accidents-Rental Equipment
A recent article in the Trial Lawyers magazine reports of 3,945 workplace deaths in 2012, 20% of them were construction accidents.  The leading cause of such construction accident deaths are falls, being struck by objects, electrocution and finally being crushed between moving objects. Construction Accidents-Rental Equipment Much of the equipment used on ...
Pediatric Heart Defects
A DC-Metro woman who is also a physician with the FDA gave birth to her third child in 2009; a seemingly healthy baby girl who nursed well and had gained weight before her very first pediatrician's appointment. When the baby was about 6 weeks old she began vomiting, had difficulty nursing ...
Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors or growths in the muscles of the uterus.  These fibroids can get quite sizeable and as a result of their size cause heavy bleeding, urinary frequency, constipation, bloating, pain and interference with the ability to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy. Uterine Fibroids-Unspoken Problem The unspoken problem ...
Eye Malpractice
Laser surgery has become popular in the last many years.  Most eye malpractice claims arise from this type of surgery.   Eye Malpractice Caused by Laser Surgery There are two main types of such surgery.  One type is the traditional Lasik surgery which involves cutting a flap on the surface of the cornea. ...
Sovereign Immunity
Sovereign immunity is a difficult concept to comprehend in Virginia.  The cases from the Virginia Supreme Court appear to be inconsistent. Sovereign Immunity-Ministerial and Discretionary A recent trial court decision from the Chesapeake Circuit Court however somewhat clarifies the law.  The case involved a sheriff that was transporting prisoners in a motor ...
Colonoscopy
A Washington Post article of December 24, 2013 addresses the issue of colonoscopy and how effective they are.  The evidence is fairly clear that they are highly effective in preventing colorectal cancer.  Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest type of cancer.  The colonoscopy allows a doctor to detect precancerous growths in the ...
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