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January 2017 Archives

Research shows potential connection between brain functioning and preterm delivery, P.2

Previously, we began looking at a recent study which found a potential connection between preterm delivery and lack of neural connectivity in a specific region of the brain. As we noted, it isn’t known yet exactly what the connection is, if any, between preterm delivery and lack of neural connectivity, nor is it known what causative factors are at play in these observations.

Study highlights potential risks of mammograms in early screening, P.2

In our last post, we commented briefly on the variation between clinical guidelines for breast cancer screening and the importance of physicians using discretion in applying these guidelines. We also noted that the application of screening guidelines should take into account research, and can even change on account of research.

Study highlights potential risks of mammograms in early screening, P.1

Medical professionals use a wide variety of tests to screen and diagnose cancer, and make use of a variety of clinical guidelines to determine when diagnostic testing is appropriate and when it is unnecessary. These guidelines vary depending not only on the research that is taken into consideration, but also on the organization.

Pediatric physicians increasingly taking on risk of treating mental health conditions

For counseling professionals, particularly those who prescribe medications and/or monitor their use by patients, the ability to manage medication-related risks is critical to ensuring the safety of patients and avoiding liability. This is important not only for professionals in the field of mental health, but increasingly also for pediatric physicians.

Identifying the standard of care in malpractice cases involving counseling professionals, P.2

In any healthcare-related liability case, it is not enough for a plaintiff to provide evidence of a poor outcome and to blame that poor outcome on the health professional. Not every poor health outcome is attributable to professional error, and not every professional error rises to the level of malpractice.