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Medical Errors

Pennsylvania Takes on Medical Errors, the Third-Leading Cause of U.S. Deaths

SAS | Posted 09.28.2016 | Technology

A May 2016 Johns Hopkins study indicates that 10 percent of all U.S. deaths are due to medical error, making it the third leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer.

Medical Errors Should Not Be Our 3rd Leading Cause of Death

Allen Frances | Posted 09.27.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Suppose two jumbo jets crashed every day, killing a total of about 365,000 people in a year. Remarkably enough that's about the level of carnage caused every year in our country by avoidable medical mistakes.

Integrator Alert: Demand Time (and Changes) in the FDA's Move Limiting Access and Increasing Costs of Dietary Supplements

John Weeks | Posted 09.25.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Removal of many dietary supplements from the market. Increased prices for patients and consumers. Limited access to key nutritional tools for practiti...

The 3 Forces: The Perfect Storm Making Medical Errors the 3rd Leading Cause of Death

John Weeks | Posted 09.06.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

I previously posted twice on the scientific review paper led by Hopkins' researcher Martin Makary, MD, that concluded medical errors are the nation's ...

Medical Errors Are The Third Leading Cause Of Death -- How You Can Avoid Them

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

It is astonishing that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. The most recent data indicates that 251,000 deaths are due to m...

Why Was the Study Finding 250,000 USA Medical Deaths Published in a British Journal?

John Weeks | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The astonishing headline last month that medical errors are the 3rd most significant cause of death in the USA -- at an estimated 251,000 per year -- ...

Bronze Medal! Medical Errors Are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael D. Shaw

People will surely remember 2016 for the shakeup of the political establishment. Now comes a shakeup of the medical establishment.

In Defense of 'Alternative Medicine'

John Weeks | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The question: Is it smart for the integrative health and medicine movement to abandon the radicalism of calling for an "alternative medicine"?

How Doctors (And Patients) Can Reduce Medical Errors

Kare Anderson | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

If even a short part of the end of your interaction feels especially positive to the patient it will positively color the whole experience. Consequently, when you first meet the patient and in your parting comments:

One Solution to America's Health Care Crisis

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, Joseph B. Weiss, MD, Nancy Cetel Weiss, MD, and Danielle E. Weiss, MD Complications in medical care oc...

Germs & Politics: Why I Don't Own a White Coat

Aviva Romm | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Aviva Romm

Though as an M.D. I did pass through the ranks of "short coat" to "earn" a long coat and be considered a medical authority, and I loved my medical training at Yale, I prefer my authority to come across in what I know and share.

Laboratories of Change and Laboratories of Accountability: Streamlining a Bureaucratic System

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 01.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael D. Shaw

As a scientist and a writer, I have a personal motto that applies to all manner of industries: You can take the scientist out of the laboratory, but y...

Fewer Patients Dying From Hospital Errors Since Obamacare Started

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

Hospitals have cut down on deadly medical errors, saving around 87,000 lives since 2010, according to a new government report. Pinning down the preci...

High Tech Medicine Can Be Bad for Your Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Too many doctors have gotten into the habit of treating lab tests, not patients. And doctors have become super-specialized, each one focusing only on one specific organ system and the specIfic meds used to treat it.

Words Beyond Walls: Detained and Deported

Christina Fialho | Posted 05.01.2016 | Latino Voices
Christina Fialho

Noe Martínez Sandino is the third writer in CIVIC's series of blog posts called "Words Beyond Walls." He was deported earlier this month to Costa Rica. These are his words beyond walls.

Six Frightening Facts You Need to Know About Health Care

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

Regardless of your political persuasion, there are some facts about the health care industry that are not well known to the general public but are key to the realization that the system is broken and that change is desperately needed.

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

All We Have to Lose Is Our Lives

Erin Brockovich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Erin Brockovich

We live in a world where as many as 440,000 Americans die each year because of preventable medical mistakes. With Prop 46, California voters can do what the politicians and the status-quo crowd won't: Nudge our healthcare system toward safer practices, deter doctor substance abuse and hold negligent physicians accountable.

Getting It Right on Ebola: Start With Humility and the Right Questions

Melissa Bartick | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Bartick

Finger pointing and outrage will get us know nowhere. We need to start by humbly admitting what we do not know, and then asking what is known to work. Then, maybe 21 days after the nation's last domestic case of Ebola, we can start to go back to alarm instead of panic.

The Snake Oil in Spine Surgery: One Spine Surgeon's Perspective

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Many folks responded to a paid advertisement promising "Great results" and "Little to no down time," and take the bait. They bought the snake oil.

Taking Charge of Your Health in an Era of Health Care Uncertainty

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Unfortunately, for most patients, patient-centered care is an anomaly. Hospitals are trying to change the culture to one of patient-centered care rapidly. Even so, hospitals often miss the mark.

When It Comes to Liability and Patient Safety, What's Good for Hospitals Can Be Good for Patients

Michelle Mello | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Mello

Medical error prevention is a work in progress. We should be impatient with the pace of progress, as Doroshaw is, because it means that patients are daily suffering avoidable harm. But we should also seek to understand the reasons why the pace isn't faster.

Why Getting Old or Sick in America Doesn't Pay (And What You Can Do to Avoid It)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

My mom has been through the ringer with doctors, Medicare, secondary insurance, and medical professionals. It's as if the left hand has no clue as to what the right hand is doing. To me, health care shouldn't be this complicated.

Medicine's Manhattan Project

Patrick Soon-Shiong | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Patrick Soon-Shiong

Physicians and their patients don't have failsafe access to the medical information they need when they need it. And researchers, ready and waiting to solve the medical challenges of today, simply cannot turn the trove of data the government is sitting on into the healthcare advancements of tomorrow.

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.