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Finding Out When Things Go Wrong

August 27, 2015
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Sadly, adverse events continue to be all too common in medicine. The U.S. Office of the Inspector General estimates that “13.5 percent of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their hospital stays.” In 2014, one news source noted that “Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third...
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More Harm than Good?

June 2, 2015
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You go in to see your doctor who confirms your suspicion, you need care for some kind of ailment. It may be a drug, surgery or something else. In the course of your conversation, you hear how the care (also known as an “intervention”) will address your ailment and ultimately improve your health. You...
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Routine Pelvic Exams Not Recommended

January 6, 2015
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The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released new guidelines regarding routine pelvic examinations for “asymptomatic, nonpregnant, adult women.” Based upon the most recent research, the ACP notes that “evidence shows that the diagnostic accuracy of pelvic examination for detecting ovarian cancer or bacterial vaginosis is low.” The guidelines also warn that “many false-positive...
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No Surgery for Chronic Low-Back Pain

October 9, 2014
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A study published by The Spine Journal compared surgery to multidisciplinary care for sufferers of chronic low-back pain. The study compared the outcomes for patients who had spinal fusion with “nonoperative treatment (multidisciplinary cognitive-behavioral and exercise rehabilitation).” The authors found that “after an average of 11 years follow-up, there was no difference in patient...
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Overdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

February 25, 2014
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While cancer is a very frightening disease, a recent study found that it has been overdiagnosed with the advent of mammograms. Researchers noted “our estimate of overdiagnosed cancers attributable to mammography over the past 30 years involved more than 1 million women.” This is shocking news given the trauma of breast cancer. Given the...
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Unnecessary Back Surgeries?

February 6, 2014
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A new study found a strong association between what type of provider you first see when you have a back injury and the type of care you ultimately receive. Specifically the study found that “approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw...
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Spine Surgery Has Lots of Risks

January 29, 2013
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According to a recent study, “major spinal surgery in the adult is associated with a high incidence of intra- and postoperative complications.” How often are there complications? The actual number may surprise you: 87% of patients had at least one documented complication. 39% of these were serious enough to extend their hospital stay. 73.5%...
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