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Communication may improve patient outcomes

A dermatologist that practices in New Jersey or anywhere else in America may reduce his or her odds of being sued by communicating well with patients. Overall, male dermatologists were 2.5 times more likely to face a lawsuit than females in the same field. Since females tend to be better communicators, they also tend to be the subject of lawsuits less frequently than male dermatologists are. This data comes from research published in JAMA Dermatology that analyzed a total of 90,743 closed claims.

The factors that influence rulings on durotomy cases

Residents of New Jersey who undergo spinal surgery should know about durotomy. Dural tears are tears made in the outer membrane of the spine, and they are sometimes an unintended consequence of surgery. They do not lead to serious injuries if they are discovered and repaired right away; however, they can also generate claims of medical malpractice when they go undetected.

Artificial intelligence and diagnosing pneumonia

New Jersey residents may soon have a lower risk of having their pneumonia misdiagnosed. Imaging software that is powered by artificial intelligence developed by researchers at Stanford University may be used to help physicians more accurately diagnose pneumonia.

Avoiding the dangers of New Jersey medication errors

Opioids were involved in 24 percent of liability claims related to medication according to a report from a Boston insurance company. The report looked at approximately 10,000 currently closed medical claim cases that had been filed between 2012 and 2016. Patients were also likely to have medication claims related to the use of anticoagulants. They made up another 16 percent of all claims related to medication liability.

Reports show weight-shaming of patients has poor health outcomes

New Jersey patients who are overweight may experience harmful "fat shaming" from their doctors according to a study presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. The study was conducted by researchers at Connecticut College and published on Aug. 3.

How common dosage errors could be avoided

New Jersey patients rely on technology and a chain of professionals to accurately get their prescription medications to them, and mistakes can sometimes occur. It is common for mistakes to be made that are dosages that are off by factors of ten. This is such a common problem that an article suggests that the FDA and pharmaceutical companies avoid marketing dosage strengths that differ by a factor of ten and says that safer writing or typing practices could also help.

Study finds surgery not always necessary for prostate cancer

Men in New Jersey and throughout the country who have surgery for early-stage prostate cancer may not benefit from it according to a study that was published in a peer-reviewed journal on July 13. The study took place over 20 years and dated from the early days of the routine prostate-specific antigen blood test. At the time, it was thought that early detection and surgery was the best approach to treating the disease.

Nursing home residents at risk for improper anticoagulant usage

New Jersey families who have loved ones living in a nursing home may not be happy to learn that staff may not be properly administering anticoagulants. These anticoagulants, such as Coumadin and Warfarin, are quite deadly according to many medical experts. However, nursing home residents are often not properly monitored for adverse medical events once they are given them.

Surgeons test experimental drill on brain tumor surgery

Researchers have designed a new surgical drill that could one day aid brain surgeons in New Jersey during the lengthy process of opening skulls. Delicate work that requires a surgeon to focus for at least two hours could be reduced to minutes with the use of the drill.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

As New Jersey residents get ready for the upcoming summer season, they might want to be aware of some information about melanoma, a rare but serious form of skin cancer. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and some tips from a dermatology expert could help people to be safe.

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