By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2016 35 Comments
    Will Medical Mistakes Kill You or Someone You Lo…

    A new study from Johns Hopkins University titled "Medical Error--The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US" suggests that the answer to the question about medical mistakes is a resounding yes (BMJ, M…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2014 2 Comments
    Diagnostic Errors with Potentially Serious Conse…

    Diagnostic error may be far more common than most people think. A new study estimates that up to 12 million Americans don't get the correct diagnosis when they visit their doctors' offices. The resear…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2013 3 Comments
    Misdiagnoses Result in Malpractice Claims

    Malpractice claims are often associated with mistakes or harm suffered in the hospital. But in Massachusetts, and probably elsewhere, malpractice claims in primary care are becoming more important. Ne…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2013 6 Comments
    Even Doctors Who Flunked Tests Were Confident Ab…

    Accurate diagnosis is the foundation upon which all treatment rests. A doctor cannot prescribe the right medicine or procedure unless she knows what is wrong with her patient. That is why the results …

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2013 4 Comments
    Some Physicians Are Overconfident about Their Di…

    Accurate diagnoses are crucial for good medical care. New research shows, however, that doctors are not as good as they think at making accurate diagnoses. There is also a disturbing disconnect betwee…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2013 6 Comments
    Diagnostic Blunders and Malpractice Claims

    Diagnostic mistakes are a leading cause of malpractice claims and payouts. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine analyzed data from 25 years of malpractice claims and concluded,…

    By: Joe Graedon March 25, 2013 0 Comments
    Patient Takes Action on Difficult Diagnosis

    I want to share my story with you because my recent medical journey began with listening to your radio show. Last April I heard your episode regarding advancements in the treatment of thyroid conditio…

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2013 22 Comments
    Have You Been Misdiagnosed?

    Missed diagnoses are harming or killing 150,000 patients every year. How can so many avoidable mistakes be happening? Most of us go to a doctor or hospital because we are having a problem. If a sympto…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2013 0 Comments
    Misdiagnosis Harms or Kills Patients

    Diagnostic errors made in hospitals are responsible for up to 80,000 deaths every year. Now a study in JAMA Internal Medicine demonstrates that diagnostic errors are also a serious problem in outpatie…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 4 Comments
    Is That Test Necessary?

    Many familiar medical tests and procedures may be unnecessary. When patients are exposed to these practices just because they are customary, health care costs and possible risks rise. That's the messa…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2012 10 Comments
    Patients Afraid to Disagree with Doctors

    No sensible person would buy a new car based on the salesman's say-so alone. Most people do some homework, check ratings and mileage and look under the hood. When the time comes to do the deal, buyers…

    By: Terry Graedon August 30, 2012 5 Comments
    Missed Diagnoses in the ICU

    Very sick patients often land in the intensive care unit of a hospital so they can be carefully monitored minute by minute by highly specialized health care providers. A study from Johns Hopkins now e…

    By: Terry Graedon June 25, 2012 3 Comments
    Second Opinions Save Lives

    Second opinions have become an accepted part of medical practice. Faced with uncertainty about a diagnosis or complex treatment, patients are often encouraged to get another perspective. Many insuranc…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2012 3 Comments
    Vitamin D Tests Not Accurate

    Research on vitamin D and its importance to health has convinced many doctors to order blood tests for this vitamin. It is now one of the most frequently ordered tests in the US. Unfortunately, a new …

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2012 3 Comments
    Routine PSA Tests Discouraged

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force has officially recommended against the routine use of the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. PSA, which stands for prostate specific antigen is a …

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2012 10 Comments
    Be Wary of Diagnostic Error

    Hospitals can be dangerous places. Although we certainly need their treatments at times, we also need to be aware of ways that hospital health care can go awry. One visitor shared this sad story: Perh…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2011 0 Comments
    Life-Threatening Blood Clot Misdiagnosed

    Q. My 60-year-old girlfriend had sudden severe lower back pain and leg pain and swelling. She was diagnosed with sciatica by a doctor in the emergency room and sent home with Valium and Percocet. One …

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2009 0 Comments
    Sore Throat Requires Careful Evaluation

    There was a time when most severe sore throats were treated with big doses of penicillin. That was because strep infections were not easy to diagnose and penicillin antibiotics are highly effecting fo…