Can Genetic Testing Cause a Medical Misdiagnosis?

Posted on November 28, 2016 by

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, African Americans are at risk for receiving incorrect results from genetic tests for an inherited heart disorder. Specifically, doctors may misinterpret these tests and give a medical misdiagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition, which causes a hardening of the heart walls, is known… Read more »

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The Florida Medical Malpractice Case that Will Shock You

Posted on October 26, 2016 by

The Florida Board of Medicine may revoke the license of a doctor who failed to treat one of his cancer patients with chemotherapy. According to Florida Health Department officials involved in the case, there is “clear and convincing evidence” that the doctor committed medical malpractice and financially exploited his patient. This doctor’s failure to diagnose… Read more »

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What is the Most Common Medical Mistake?

Posted on October 12, 2016 by

Reports released by British Medical Journal and other publications suggest medical errors have becoming a leading cause of death in the United States. Medical errors can happen for various reasons, but some mistakes are more common than others. Diagnostic errors are the most common medical mistake. According to a study published in the medical journal… Read more »

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Is This Illness the Most Misdiagnosed Disease in the World?

Posted on August 31, 2016 by

Tens of thousands of Americans have been afflicted by a mysterious illness that causes chronic fatigue, muscle aches, night sweats and chills. No, this is not the flu, it’s Lyme disease, a vector-borne illness (meaning it is caused by bites, mostly from ticks). The illness mimics so many other conditions that it’s frequently called ‘the… Read more »

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Mean to Your Doctor? They May Mess Up Your Diagnosis

Posted on April 18, 2016 by

We all have our bad days, and sometimes it might be tempting to take out our frustrations on other people, such as Starbucks baristas or waiters. However, pulling this stunt with your doctor could lead to critical consequences. Two studies conducted by researchers at the Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam suggest being mean to… Read more »

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The Financial and Emotional Consequences of Medical Misdiagnosis

Posted on March 16, 2016 by

Medical misdiagnosis can cause unnecessary worry and excessive medical bills for patients, so it is important doctors ensure they are accurate. Patients with non-life threatening conditions or minor health problems can be misdiagnosed and forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on expensive treatments. In fact, The Washington Post recently published an article that… Read more »

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The Scary Truth Behind Diagnostic Errors

Posted on December 09, 2015 by

Doctors rely on a wide array of tests, technologies and staff to help diagnose patients with medical conditions. However, sometimes these tests are inaccurate and patients can be misdiagnosed. In some cases, diagnostic errors can lead to delayed treatment, pain and death. What can happen to patients unfortunate enough to experience diagnostic errors? A recent… Read more »

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Jacksonville Doctor Accused Of Misdiagnosing Patients

Posted on June 01, 2015 by

A Jacksonville neurologist has agreed to pay $150,000 to the U.S. Treasury for intentionally misdiagnosing patients and overbilling federal healthcare programs. Details from the case allege the neurologist purposefully misdiagnosed patients with life-changing neurological illnesses, and then used testing and other procedures to bill Medicare. The doctor would diagnose patients with illnesses such as multiple… Read more »

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How Often Do Doctors Misdiagnose Cancer?

Posted on March 18, 2015 by

Every year in the U.S., more than 600,000 patients are misdiagnosed when they seek outpatient care in hospitals. According to a study by BMJ Quality & Safety, 300,000 of those patients are at risk for severe harm, making misdiagnosis a common form of medical malpractice. Patients who have an illness that can result in death… Read more »

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