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Dangerous doctors allowed to continue practicing

North Carolina residents may be surprised to discover that many doctors who have been banned from practicing in certain hospitals and clinics are still legally allowed to practice medicine. According to an investigation done by USA Today, state medical boards allow thousands of doctors to continue practicing despite having put patients at risk or harmed them through misconduct or negligence. Some of these doctors have paid millions of dollars to settle medical malpractice suits, but their ability to practice medicine continues unimpeded.

A-Rod's hip injury may lead to malpractice lawsuit

North Carolina baseball enthusiasts may have already heard that star player Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez may be about to file a malpractice lawsuit against the Yankees doctor who missed a left hip injury during the 2012 postseason. The failure to diagnose the injury may have adversely impacted A-Rod's performance. The baseball player believes that the doctor intentionally left the injury out of his report as part of a strategy on the part of the team's administrators to have insurance cover the remaining years of A-Rod's contract.

Medical errors in birth injury, induction links to autism?

Expectant mothers in North Carolina may be rethinking inducing their labor after a study showed links between the practice and later causes of autism in children. Also referenced in the study was the fact that stress to a fetus, such as a birth injury, made the chances of a child developing autism much higher than normal. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that about 23 percent of all U.S. births were induced.

Americans may be overtested and overtreated for cancer

North Carolina readers may be interested to learn about a growing consensus that Americans tend to be overtested, overdiagnosed and overtreated for a variety of conditions, including some cancers. According to the estimates of some experts, unnecessary interventions may account for 10 to 30 percent of U.S. spending on healthcare. This shift in thinking within the medical community is supported by increasing scientific evidence. Such overtreatment may lead to allegations of medical malpractice for physicians.

Boy who suffered birth injury now races cars

The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that run from the spine through the neck and into the arm. Sometimes, during delivery, a baby's shoulder can become lodged behind a mother's pelvic bone. There are specific methods used by doctors to get the shoulder free. However, if the doctor doesn't adhere to these methods, damage to the brachial plexus -- including pulled or completely torn nerves -- can occur and the child may lose the use of his or her arm.

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