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  • Category: Misdiagnosis

    Children’s Health: How to Tell the Difference Between a Common Cold and Something More Serious

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), almost all children will have RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, by the time they are 2. For most infants and children, RSV presents like a common cold with minor complications. But for some, respiratory syncytial virus causes potentially life-threatening symptoms. In this article, we take a closer[…]

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    Why Are Doctors Unprepared to Diagnose and Treat Skin Cancers in People With Darker Skin Tones?

    People of all colors can get skin cancer – but that does not mean that medical professionals are able to diagnose everyone equally. According to a 2018 medical study, researchers found that less than 5% of the images in four major dermatology textbooks feature individuals with darker skin tones. This is a big problem for[…]

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    How Dangerous is a Delayed Medical Diagnosis?

    Medical diagnostic errors affect more than 12 million people in the United States each year, and about one-fourth of those patients suffer serious harm, according to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). These errors contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths annually. Incorrect and delayed medical diagnoses are the[…]

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    FDA Wants Breast Implants to Have More Warnings

    Concerns over breast implants have been rising, especially since reports confirmed a link between certain textured saline and silicone-filled implants (and textured breast implant expander products) and a rare, deadly cancer. In response to the serious dangers associated with breast implants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released new labeling recommendations in its recent[…]

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    Every Nine Minutes Someone Dies from a Medical Misdiagnosis

    According to new data, every nine minutes someone in a hospital in the United States dies because a doctor misdiagnoses them or because the diagnosis was delayed. In response to this threat against public health, more than 40 healthcare and patient advocacy organizations have joined together to create the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, or CID.[…]

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