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March 2014 Archives

Studies: Inept docs the problem in rate of surgical errors

Medical errors at North Carolina hospitals can be deadly. Very deadly. Recent statistics show that at least 100,000 people die every year nationwide simply because of human error caused by health care teams. Experts in the field say that those numbers are not trending downward, despite patient safety initiatives designed to limit the effects of medical malpractice. So, what is the solution? Some industry experts argue that an entire systematic overhaul will be required to finally see the gains in patient safety that should have arrived years ago.

Wrongful death victim's family finally gets day in court

A North Carolina family that won a decisive victory in the state Supreme Court will have the opportunity to seek legal relief from government officials in Cleveland County. The family has been pursuing a wrongful death claim after an unfortunate accident left their 24-year-old relative dead at the Cleveland County landfill. That male victim was reportedly crushed to death by a 40-ton trash compactor in 2010.

Cognitive disease correlated with brain injury rises in veterans

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has been making big news after the high-profile diagnosis of several professional athletes. North Carolina military members may find this condition particularly disconcerting, considering the increasing rates of ALS among military veterans. Although researchers are not yet sure why veterans are twice as likely to develop this serious condition that can be caused by brain injury, experts and advocates alike are reaching out to improve the quality of life for those suffering from the condition.

Doctor's negligence may have led to deadly hospital exposure

Patients at North Carolina hospitals trust that their health care providers will not infect them with secondary diseases while they are receiving treatment. However, it appears that a large group of patients at a North Carolina hospital may have inadvertently been exposed to an incurable illness, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also known as ECJ. News reports indicate that doctor's negligence may have been to blame for the potential spread of the fatal malady.

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