Patient Safety

Big Pharma Pays Thousands of Bad Docs

 How Pharmaceutical Industry Dollars Reach Your Doctors. By Mike Tigas, Ryann Grochowski Jones, Charles Ornstein, and Lena Groeger, ProPublica.  Drug companies spend $30 billion annually on marketing. More than $2 billion in payments to doctors, other medical providers and...

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25 Cities Where You Don’t Want to Get Sick

By Thomas C. Frohlich, 247wallst.com. 25.  Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ  > 30 day readmission rate:16.4% (highest 10%) > 30 day mortality rate:13.3% > Preventable hospitalizations: 48.6 per 1,000 patients > No. of physicians: 46.7 per 100,000 (lowest 10%)...

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The Biggest Mistakes Doctors Make

By Laura Landro, The Wall Street Journal.  Misdiagnoses are harmful and costly. But they’re often preventable. A patient with abdominal pain dies from a ruptured appendix after a doctor fails to do a complete physical...

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Surgery to Avoid

By Nicholas Bakalkar, The New York Times.  Even Minor Procedures Come With Major Risks The four operations discussed below are often over performed. Some are moneymakers for doctors and hospitals, others are expedient and still...

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10 Surefire Ways to Ease Pain

From NHS Choices. Whether your pain has just come on or you’ve lived with it for years, these tried-and-tested self-help steps can bring you relief. Get some gentle exercise Simple, everyday activity like walking, swimming, gardening...

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Top Two “Don’ts” From 9 Medical Specialty Organizations

By Patrick J. Skerrett, Executive Editor, Harvard Health.    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology     Don’t perform unproven diagnostic tests, such as immunoglobulin G (IgG) testing or an indiscriminate battery of immunoglobulin E...

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