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Medical malpractice occurs when a medical practitioner acts in a negligent manner when treating a medical condition. Examples of medical malpractice include failure to diagnose, or misdiagnosis of a disease or medical condition, failure to provide appropr



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Sexual transmission of HIV and the law: Caution advised

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The criminal justice system should exercise caution in prosecuting for the transmission of HIV by considering the rapidly evolving science of the virus, say a number of leading clinicians and...



Study of euthanasia trends in Belgium has lessons for other countries

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new study on euthanasia trends in Belgium, which shows an increase in reported cases since legislation was introduced, provides lessons for countries that have legalized assisted dying.



Landmark asbestosis ruling is good news for sufferers, UK

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PST

Court of Appeal rules entitlement to proportional compensation from as low as 2.3%.



Canada's plans to legalize marijuana contravene UN's international conventions

Mon, 16 May 2016 09:00:00 PST

The Canadian government's plan to legalize marijuana contravenes its current legal obligations to the United Nation's international drug-control conventions, states a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian...



Oklahoma researchers find that a biological 'good guy' has a dark side

Thu, 05 May 2016 02:00:00 PST

A pair of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists have discovered that an enzyme previously thought only to be beneficial could, in fact, pose significant danger to developing embryos.



Handwashing gets skipped a third of the time in outpatient healthcare

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:00:00 PST

Despite having policies in place to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37 percent of the time, and for safe injection practices...



Sepsis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 PST

Find out why sepsis is getting more attention. Know the signs and symptoms, and learn how emergency medicine is facing up to this potentially lethal blood poisoning from infection.



Doctor raises serious questions about medical awards system

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:00:00 PST

Club culture' in British medicine must be replaced, argues senior heart doctor.



Small number of physicians linked to many malpractice claims, Stanford researchers say

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 PST

A substantial share of all malpractice claims in the United States is attributable to a small number of physicians, according to a study led by researchers at Stanford University and the University...



Low reflective ability is risk for professionalism lapses during medical school and beyond

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:00:00 PST

Might it be possible to identify and then reach out to help medical students whose actions may put them at risk of lapses in professionalism in medical school and beyond?



Texas laws would limit access to abortions and create grave risk to the public health

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 06:00:00 PST

High Court will hear arguments on Whole Woman's Health v. Cole in March; Decision expected in late June.



Progress toward creating broad-spectrum antiviral

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PST

Compound found to trigger innate immunity against viruses.UW researchers working in collaboration with Kineta Inc.



Higher physician spending linked with fewer malpractice claims, finds US study

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:00:00 PST

A higher use of resources by US physicians is associated with a reduced risk of malpractice claims, finds a study published by The BMJ this week.



Studying cancer DNA in blood may help personalize treatment in liver cancer

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:00:00 PST

Fragments of cancer DNA circulating in a patient's bloodstream could help doctors deliver more personalized treatment for liver cancer, Japanese researchers report.



Ombudsman reveals wide range of public service failures across NHS in England and UK government departments

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:00 PST

Too many unresolved complaints are being taken to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman which could have been resolved by public services locally, meaning that people are left waiting...



Trial review confirms common antidepressant is 'unsafe and ineffective' for teens

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 PST

From a reanalysis of original trial data from 2001, researchers find the antidepressant paroxetine and the higher dosage drug imipramine are no better than a placebo.



Male doctors more likely to face legal action than female colleagues

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:00:00 PST

Male doctors are almost 2.5 times more likely to have medico-legal action taken against them than female doctors, according to the findings of a new study.



Doctors testified against dying cancer patients for tobacco companies

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:00:00 PST

A new study sheds light on the actions of a small pool of expert witnesses testifying against dying cancer patients filing lawsuits against tobacco companies.



Long-term memory formation

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 PST

NYU scientists find that growth factors that build brains also build memoriesA team of New York University neuroscientists has determined how a pair of growth factor molecules contributes to...



Examination of nondisclosure agreements in medical malpractice settlements

Wed, 13 May 2015 02:00:00 PST

A review of medical malpractice claim files at an academic medical center found that while most settlements included nondisclosure clauses there was little standardization or consistency in their...



Physicians acknowledge ordering unnecessary tests often due to fear of unlikely diagnosis, malpractice

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:00:00 PST

A survey of emergency physicians provides insight into reasons behind the estimated $210 billion spent annually on medically unnecessary tests and procedures.



Combination therapy boosts antiviral response to chronic infection

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 PST

A Yale-led team has identified a promising new combination immunotherapy to enhance the body's ability to fight chronic viral infections and possibly cancer.



Doctors show race and social bias in study - but clinical decisions 'unaffected'

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 PST

In online psychological tests of automatic responses, clinicians at a hospital showed subconscious race and social class biases, but these did not influence overall care provision.



Neurosurgeons avoid brain surgery, conduct unnecessary tests 'out of lawsuit fear'

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 07:00:00 PST

The results of a new survey find that neurosurgeons operate in a climate of fear from potential malpractice suits, with 80% admitting to practicing defensive medicine



Second Turkish man sentenced for smuggling counterfeit cancer drugs

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:00:00 PST

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri has sentenced Sabahhadin Akman, an owner of the Turkish firm Ozay Pharmaceuticals, to 30 months imprisonment and a $150,000 fine for...