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February 2014 Archives

Parents take action over son's death

A mother, who wishes she could have been a better advocate for her son, is sharing her knowledge through her non-profit organization Citizens for Patient Safety with North Carolina residents. She is hosting speaking engagements entitled, "Finding Your Way Through a Safe Healthcare Journey." The woman and her husband believe that their son's death 10 years ago was due to doctor negligence.

Leading cause of death in women is often misdiagnosed

According to a report by the Society for Women's Health Research, women in North Carolina and around the country who experience heart problems are often misdiagnosed with other illnesses. The 2011 report concluded that a gender bias exists in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and that women are less likely than men to undergo the appropriate diagnostic tests. The failure to diagnose women with CVD could ultimately result in some patients not receiving much needed treatments.

18 patients possibly exposed to deadly brain disease

A recent report revealed that a North Carolina hospital may have exposed 18 of its patients to a brain infection. The hospital, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, released a statement after a neurosurgery patient was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which is fatal.

Woman suffers brain damage after breast augmentation

North Carolina residents who are considering plastic surgery may be shocked to learn that an 18-year-old Florida woman reportedly suffered brain damage after having a breast augmentation in August 2013. The family of the girl plans to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeons who performed the surgery.

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