Blog Posts in March, 2013

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  • Studies find shorter shifts increased medical errors

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 29, 2013

    Residency program hours do not have to follow federal regulations. This means residents can end up working long hours, which can lead to tired young doctors caring for patients. Several years back, in an effort to reduce the number of medical errors made by tired residents, the total numbers of hours allowed to work in a shift was reduced. However, two recent studies point to the fact that this ...
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  • False cancer diagnosis impacts women for years

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 27, 2013

    Any Tennessee resident who has heard the grim diagnosis of cancer knows how life changing it can be. Suddenly there are talks of more tests, procedures and specialists. In many cases, everything seems to be happening just so quickly that there is almost no time to breathe. Understandably, many who receive a cancer diagnosis also start to contemplate if this is going to be the end. With all of ...
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  • Investigation into certain Type 2 diabetes medication risks

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 25, 2013

    Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes among Americans. And with millions of people living with the disease, there are no doubt a good number of people in Tennessee who either have been diagnosed themselves or know someone else who has. With Type 2 diabetes the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Typically, the solution to this is diet, ...
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  • Study: Parents distracted by children when driving

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 24, 2013

    In Tennessee, when we talk about distracted driving, people tend to think about things like talking and texting while driving. However, while these certainly are very real distractions, researchers recently found that children are among the worst distractions for parents who are driving. According to the study conducted by these researchers, during a 16 minute car trip, a parent with children in ...
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  • CDC offers tips to reduce resistant bacteria in hospitals

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 22, 2013

    Every year roughly 90,000 people die in the U.S. from infections acquired in hospital settings. This is significantly higher than the 13,300 hospital-acquired infection deaths from 1992. Due to this increase and the serious threat it presents to patient safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging labs to take reported case of resistant bacteria more seriously. In turn, ...
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  • App alerts consumers to potential vehicle safety issues, recalls

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 22, 2013

    When buying a car, Tennessee residents like to think that all of the safety features are working and that the car is up to the highest safety standards. And while this is true for a good number of cars, there are still recalls made on numerous makes and models of vehicles due to defects that could -- and in many cases do -- lead to accidents. To try and combat this, the idea is that education into ...
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  • Part 2: Diagnostic errors in primary care medicine

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 16, 2013

    In our last post we focused on diagnostic errors among primary care physicians. Now that it is established that this is something that does happen, and can be serious or deadly for a patient, now it is time to focus on what is causing this medical error and focus on solutions. Overall, the study points to the fact that one of the No. 1 issues is that physicians simply do not have as much time with ...
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  • Part 1: Diagnostic errors in primary care medicine

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 14, 2013

    When a patient goes to visit a physician with some sort of illness, it is important the doctor properly diagnose the patient in a timely matter. For, if an illness or condition goes undiagnosed, the results can be tragic to a patient. Recently, a study related to diagnostic errors in primary care clinics was conducted. The results were published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study involved ...
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  • Tuna fish recalled due to possibly contamination

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 9, 2013

    When it comes to product safety, especially surrounding food products, it is important for all safety protocols to be in proper working order. This will help to ensure against food contamination, which can result in people becoming very ill -- and in some cases -- even dying. This is why Bumble Foods is telling all consumers to throw out 5-ounce cans of chunk white albacore and light tuna. These ...
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  • Early diagnosis critical for male breast cancer patients too

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 7, 2013

    Breast cancer can be a dangerous and deadly disease. An early diagnosis and starting treatment right away is often essential to beating the cancer. This is why it is important for men and women -- and doctors -- to take any signs of breast cancer very seriously. When speaking of breast cancer and the importance of early diagnosis, many immediately think this is something that women need to be on ...
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  • Teens in Tennessee among the most dangerous drivers

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 1, 2013

    In Tennessee, the state works hard to prevent teen driver motor vehicle accidents . However, even though there are very specific graduated driver licensing laws intended to more ease teens into driving, these drivers remain vulnerable when it comes to their chances of getting into a fatal accident . According to a report published by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there was a 19 percent ...
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  • Dangerous dietary supplements on the market without FDA approval

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 1, 2013

    Every day -- day in and day out -- Tennessee residents are bombarded with advertisements for products promising lasting weight loss. These products range from exercise equipment to meal plans to dietary supplements. The reasons many give into these products are often justifiable. Maybe their doctor suggested losing some weight? Or maybe they would just feel healthier with a little more muscle mass ...
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