The Internet is how most consumers nowadays find products or services. In the U.S., the number of Internet users in 2016 was roughly 290 million. Can Americans trust online review sites when it comes to choosing a doctor? Read the rest »
A man eating at a restaurant suddenly gasps. He grabs his throat, unable to speak. Luckily, an off-duty nurse is standing in line, waiting for her meal. She steps in and performs the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the food stuck in the man’s throat and saving his life. However, she cracks three of his ribs in the process.
Can he sue her for his broken ribs? Read the rest »
Roughly 2 million people develop bacterial infections every year in the United States, and approximately 250,000 cases originate in hospitals—with 23,000 leading to fatalities. Herb Kuhn, President of the Missouri Hospital Association, says there have been a small number of infections acquired in hospitals, but emphasized that they should “never happen.” Read the rest »
Sarah Bramblette’s doctor placed her on a diet to lose weight. The scale at his office measured only up to 350 pounds, which she exceeded. To determine her weight, she was forced to go to a local junkyard.
People with extreme cases of obesity routinely encounter problems with medical equipment, such as M.R.I. units that are too small to accommodate them. In addition, most medications are not tested to determine appropriate levels for the overweight. Read the rest »
When you go to a healthcare provider to receive treatment, you probably say you are “going to the doctor.” In reality, there is a good chance you are actually being seen by a nurse practitioner, or sometimes a physician’s assistant. A 2012 study found that around 60,400 nurse practitioners work in primary care settings in the United States. The field of nursing is expanding, giving certain classifications of nurses additional responsibilities. Read the rest »
In case you missed it in our last post, Sarah G. Miller of Live Science recently wrote an article titled, “The 16 Strangest Medical Cases of 2016.” In it, she featured rare medical cases that have bewildered patients and medical practitioners alike. Some of these cases provide us with good learning opportunities for how we cause and recognize symptoms in ourselves, and how doctors approach unique medical conditions. Read below for a discussion of a few more of the most interesting cases Miller featured. Read the rest »
Sarah G. Miller of Live Science recently wrote an article titled, “The 16 Strangest Medical Cases of 2016.” In it, she features rare medical cases that have bewildered patients and medical practitioners alike. Some of these cases provide us with good learning opportunities, both for how we recognize symptoms in ourselves, and how doctors approach unique medical conditions. Read on for a discussion of some cases that Miller featured. Read the rest »
In case you missed it, 3D printing is on the rise in the United States (and the world). And it’s not just for design models anymore. Read the rest »
When we think of drug addiction, we often picture illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin, but in recent years it has come to light just how many people become addicted to drugs that were once prescribed to them. Read the rest »
On average, there are over 14,000 medical malpractice cases across the country each year.
Missouri statute defines “medical malpractice” as a medical provider’s failure to exercise the degree of skill and knowledge that is expected by a similar provider under similar circumstances, which causes or contributes to an injury or the death of a patient. Read the rest »