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Is shoulder dystocia caused by a doctor's mistake?

Pitt County parents spend months anticipating the arrival of a new baby. Few parents are prepared for the helpless feelings that occur when something goes wrong during the delivery process. Injuries from shoulder dystocia are rare, but they do happen and may be the result of medical negligence.

Cancer risks and testing for breast density

A new law went into effect at the beginning of 2015 requiring North Carolina physicians to inform female patients about breast density. According to statistics reported in Citizen-Times, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will have a breast cancer diagnosis sometime during their lives. The state's new law was passed to encourage women with dense breasts to consider extra screening tests that may detect the presence of cancer more easily than regular mammograms.

Duke surgical error case underway in North Carolina court

A physical trauma can have a psychological impact and, in some cases, the reverse also may be true. A North Carolina woman alleges she suffered from conversion disorder - physical symptoms as a result of mental distress - after she underwent corrective surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Using technology to change medical culture

A 2005 report published by VitalSmarts and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses said that out of 1,700 medical staffers, including from doctors and nurses to administrators, more than half of those healthcare workers personally witnessed their coworkers act in ways that were medically incompetent or disrespectful. Unfortunately, this is happening in many medical facilities all over the country, including North Carolina.

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