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Study reveals 12 most common misdiagnosed diseases

New York residents may have heard of a recent study published by the Internet Journal of Family Practice that revealed 12 commonly misdiagnosed illnesses in the U.S. Sources indicate that improper diagnoses are more common in the medical community than medication errors and wrong-site surgery. A different study's researchers found that 28 percent of 583 reported diagnostic mistakes were life-threatening or led to permanent disability.

In the recent study, authors analyzed the results of malpractice and autopsy findings. According to the study, the most misdiagnosed illnesses include acute infections, pulmonary embolism, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, depression and strokes. Additionally, certain types of cancer, Lupus, Lyme disease, Parkinson's disease and Celiac disease are also misdiagnosed. The study found that some of the symptoms of these diseases might be uncommon or not present and thus misinterpreted for other medical conditions.

Privately owned commuter bus hits 2 pedestrians

A privately owned commuter bus involved in a pedestrian accident on July 14 in New York City. The bus did not have any passengers at the time of the incident, and company officials say that the driver was returning the vehicle to a parking facility. According to police reports, the bus hit two female tourists from Spain around 8 a.m. One suffered a leg injury and the other is reported to have an injured foot, but police suggested that both women are expected to recover.

The accident took place near the intersection of West 47th Street and 10th Avenue. The bus was making a turn when it apparently struck the women as they attempted to cross the street. Police closed the intersection afterward while they conducted an investigation.

Pedestrian killed in vehicle accident in Queens

A man was killed in Queens in the early morning of July 5 after being struck by a red Ford Focus. The accident occurred near 92nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue. According to police, the man was crossing the street when he was struck by a drunk driver who then proceeded to hit a parked car. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 42-year-old driver of the Ford was charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, DWI and aggravated unlicensed operator. Police say the man has had a prior DWI conviction. He and a 35-year-old female passenger were taken to Elmhurst Hospital. They were reported to be in stable condition, according to authorities.

Momobile helps pregnant women seek assistance

New York residents may be interested to learn of a new program that seeks to reduce the number of women in the United States who die during childbirth. Currently, the U.S. ranks last in mother mortality rates amongst developed countries and 47th out of 180 countries researched. A new report by the United Nations and World Health Organization shows that two or three women in the United States die every day due to pregnancy-related issues, adding up to about 50,000 annually. These numbers may sound bleak, but Merck for Mothers has started a $500 million initiative to fix them.

Many women in the United States arrive at the hospital to give birth after receiving no prenatal care. In the city ranked as the poorest in America, only half of women receive care during their first trimesters. It is more difficult for a doctor to detect and treat problems that could arise if the woman does not seek care early in her pregnancy. This could lead to birth injuries.

New York nursing home staff accused of patient neglect sentenced

Seven staff members who were accused of neglecting a patient at a New York healthcare facility called HighPointe on Michigan all pleaded guilty on July 2. According to the report, the seven individuals were charged after a hidden camera placed in the hospital revealed that they were failing to take care of a disabled resident.

The resident, a 56-year-old individual who had Huntington's chorea, was reportedly unable to walk and remained bedridden. As a result, he was completely reliant on the care provided by the staff members. However, the surveillance showed that the staff members ignored their patient's needs on a routine basis and consistently falsified business documents to conceal the fact that they were not properly caring for him.

Man dies after cancer misdiagnosis

New York residents might be interested in a recent medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the widow of a well-known American Indian activist. The man, who was the former leader for the American Indian Movement, died at the age of 72 after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. According to documents filed by his widow, a delayed cancer diagnosis contributed to the man's death.

Reports say that the man was in the care of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in 2011, and doctors who worked for the hospital over looked the man's disease. The lawsuit claims that he showed symptoms of esophageal cancer, including coughing up blood, but his condition was attributed to an enlarged tonsil even though the man had his tonsils removed when he was a child. By the time the man was properly diagnosed, his condition had worsened and the cancer had spread, and he died in 2012.

Woman sues hospital after surgical sponge left in abdomen

New York residents may be interested in a medical malpractice suit recently filed by a California woman who discovered that years of painful symptoms were caused by a sponge left in her abdomen from a 2007 surgery. She is suing Simi Valley Hospital in Ventura County and the doctors and radiologist involved in previous check-ups for undisclosed damages.

The woman experienced several painful symptoms over the span of four years that included chronic thirst, nausea, blurred vision and vaginal bleeding. It took several visits before it was discovered that a surgical sponge had been left inside the woman from a 2007 hysterectomy surgery. According to the suit, the woman first returned complaining about pain just three days after that operation. Hospital staff took X-rays and told her she was suffering severe constipation. The plaintiff visited the facility by ambulance approximately a year later after she fainted at work.

Drug abuse allegations among physicians

Patients facing surgery or other treatment by New York physicians may be concerned with statistics related to drug use by medical professionals. According to studies, approximately 10 percent of physicians currently working deal with personal addiction involving drugs or alcohol. In some cases, surgical errors occur as those performing procedures do so while stoned. In extreme cases, these drug-related errors have resulted in severe spinal cord injuries or death.

A recent article offered some insight into the problem. Relatively easy access to narcotic drugs, for example, may be available to practitioners because of connections with other medical professionals who can write prescriptions, and some physicians suggest that a number of doctors perform procedures and complicated surgeries while impaired. On medical professional who spoke to a news outlet suggested that he treated patients while stoned but has never been accused of harming a patient.

Will better insurance coverage lead to more malpractice claims?

It's virtually impossible to pick up a newspaper or turn on a news program without reading something about health care in America. The adoption of the Affordable Care Act has meant that more and more people are gaining health insurance, many for the first time. Estimates are that at least 22 million Americans will get access to health insurance in the next several years.

For many people, it's an excellent development. Having a safety net in place for medical emergencies, as well as for ongoing health care, is great piece of mind for many folks who didn't have it before. Not everyone is completely optimistic about future developments, though; some fear that having more people with health care will increase the number of medical malpractice claims.

ER doctor sees patient care from the other side after accident

Many people who seek treatment at a hospital's emergency room are overwhelmed by what's going on. Aside from having an acute illness or injury that compelled them to go in for treatment in the first place, they may not be in a good frame of mind to ask all the questions of their doctors and nurses that they should in the chaos of the situation. This could include a pain in a part of the body that hasn't been addressed due to time shortages or other factors.

One emergency room doctor found out how the process works from the patient's side when she was struck by a car while crossing the street. She was visiting from out of town, so she wasn't familiar with the hospital or the personnel who were there to treat her.

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