What if there was a single test doctors could use to screen for various types of cancer? A recent research effort conducted at the National Cancer Research Institute in Liverpool looked at thousands of previous scientific publications with the aim of determining whether there might be a way to develop a general cancer screening test using blood samples. The idea, of course, would be to help health care providers better detect patients who are at risk for cancer so that they can begin receiving early treatment.
Diagnosis errors account for more than 35 percent of all medical malpractice claim payouts, according to a study published by BMJ Quality and Safety. In malpractice suits involving wrongful death of the patient, a diagnosis mistake was involved 41 percent of the time.
People will find any excuse to avoid their doctor-recommended colonoscopy, but some elderly patients are making the right choice when they refuse one. A new study by JAMA Internal Medicine found that 24 percent of colonoscopies are unnecessary, and the side effects may extend far beyond discomfort.
Electronic medical records have been touted as a tool to increase the quality of health care while decreasing the expense to the patient. This sensible proposition is facing an unexpected setback after a recent study published in the medical journal Health Affairs suggests that the cost of healthcare may increase when doctors use electronic records ("Health IT").
As Abby Simons reports for the Star Tribune, a Minnesota girl, only five years old, is said to have only a five percent chance that she will survive her battle with a rare type of cancer that attacks children. Were it not for the doctor's delayed cancer diagnosis, her parents argue, their daughter would not be in the precarious position she finds herself in today.