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Doctor's immunity claim denied in malpractice case

On Sept. 26, a Florida appeals court agreed with the state's Department of Health that a doctor cannot use a state program to shield him or herself from liability in a medical malpractice case. The claim arose after the death of a pregnant patient who sought prenatal care at a Department of Health clinic in 2007. One state program that seeks physicians to provide free care to patients provides extra protections, akin to the state's sovereign immunity, for medical malpractice claims arising from that treatment.

Losing weight can reduce risk for breast cancer, study says

A study published in the journal Cancer has clarified the link that exists between one's weight and one's risk for breast cancer. One third of postmenopausal women in Florida and across the U.S. are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so the results of the study have a wide applicability.

Determining liability when machines make mistakes

The use of artificial intelligence has the ability to revolutionize the medical field and make health care safer for patients in Florida and around the country. However, it is worth pondering what happens if a machine makes a mistake. Currently, AI is considered to be a tool used by a medical professional as opposed to something that can make decisions without being questioned. If a computer program provides poor information, it is up to the doctor to question the data.

Study identifies issue with prostate cancer test

Prostate-specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography testing is often used to determine what stage of prostate cancer a person is in, but for some patients in Florida and throughout the country, this could be misdiagnosed. PSMA PET scans look for the enzyme PSMA in tissue since it is expressive in prostate cancer cells. However, this may also occur in benign tissue.

Study analyzes malpractice claims involving durotomy

A study recently published in the journal Spine analyzed the varying outcomes of 48 medical malpractice claims, each of which involved a condition called durotomy. Florida residents about to undergo spinal surgery should know that durotomy is a common and sometimes unavoidable condition in which the outer membrane of the spinal cord develops tears. Surgeons can usually detect and repair the condition during the procedure, causing no long-term effects.

Dealing with medical errors and X-ray results

Many Florida patients have had a number of X-rays over the course of their lives. The revolutionary technology, which was developed at the end of the 19th century, has been critical to understanding the inside of the human body and viewing problems. Most X-ray devices currently in use work in similar ways; rays are beamed through the object being inspected onto a rigid detector that can absorb the rays and produce the internal image of the object or person.

Doctors often fail to let their patients speak

According to one study conducted by Florida researchers, doctors give patients only seconds to explain their symptoms and conditions before interrupting. While many patients have complained of feeling rushed during a doctor's appointment, it could have real consequences when physicians do not listen to their patients' detailed descriptions of their own experience. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, assessed the beginning minutes of consultations between 112 patients and their doctors over a seven-year period between 2008 and 2015.

Survey finds link between doctor burnout and medical mistakes

Medical professionals in Florida and elsewhere often report the symptoms of workplace burnout, according to a recent poll of almost 6,700 doctors. The study asked them about symptoms of burnout, medical errors and workplace safety. Over half of them reported fatigue, depression or suicidal thoughts, which represent clear signs of burnout. Responses that indicated burnout were prevalent among the 11 percent of doctors who also admitted to making medical errors in the previous three months.