Valleywide Legal Blog

Secret Conflicts of Interest

By now I am sure it is common knowledge that doctors are often paid by drug companies and by the manufacturers of medical devices.  There is a strong correlation between the amount of a company’s drugs a doctor prescribes and … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, drug companies, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, science news, Secrecy |

Good News for Type 1 Diabetics!

Last week I wrote about one of the problems facing Type 1 diabetics: the ever increasing cost of the insulin they need to stay alive.  Today, I am writing about some good news that may reduce the need for insulin.  … Read More

Posted in drug companies, General Health, health, healthy living, medical research, science news, Type 1 Diabetes |

Genomic Testing in Prostate Cancer

There were approximately 165,000 new prostate cancers diagnosed last year in the United States.  During the same time period, there were 29,000 deaths from prostate cancer.  The deaths were almost entirely due to highly aggressive forms of the disease.  Most … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, genetic testing, healthy living, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer testing, science news |

Superbugs Are Still Hiding in Hospitals

Superbugs is a name given to drug-resistant bacteria.  While no illness is a good one, an infection with superbugs is really bad because regular antibiotics are ineffective.  Drug resistance develops through the process of natural selection.  Normal bugs are exposed … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, health, Hospitals, Infection, Nurses, science news |

End The Drug Price Disgrace

Happy New Year.  As I have mentioned before, my grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was only 3.  He is now 7 and doing well.  I am hoping that the new year brings more advances in the … Read More

Posted in drug companies, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Medical Costs, Medicare, science news, Type 1 Diabetes |

What is Holding Up Virtual Medicine?

Last month I wrote about what many health care professionals believe to be the biggest problem in medicine: lack of patient compliance.  This has been offered as the reason the many new technical advances in medicine are failing to produce … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, Medical Negligence, medical research, Misdiagnosis, science news, tort reform |

A Second Opinion Is Smart.

A second opinion can save your life and these days there is very little excuse not to get one no matter where you live.  I have written about the importance of second opinions from time to time in the past.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, health, healthy living, medical errors, medical ethics, medical mistakes, Misdiagnosis, science news |

Guess What Is The Biggest Problem in Health Care Today? It’s You.

There was a great essay in the Wall Street Journal recently that highlighted a big problem in health care.  In spite of the many advances in detecting and treating illnesses, patients just don’t want to change their lifestyles and that … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, healthy living, Heart Attacks, Medical Costs, Obesity, obesity epidemic, science news |

MRI With Contrast? Not So Fast.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a wonderful tool for seeing what is going on inside the body.  Unlike CT scans, which use x-rays, MRI’s use magnetic fields and radio wave pulses to image the organs, joints, muscles, bones and soft … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Informed Consent, science news |

As If You Didn’t Have Enough To Worry About.

Hospitals can be scary places.  We are usually there because we are sick or because we are visiting someone who is sick.  The notable exceptions are the labor and delivery area and the newborn nursery.  Visits there have the greatest … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, Nurses, science news, Sepsis |