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Glenn Frey's widow sues hospital for wrongful death

Illinois residents might recall the death of Eagles guitarist and co-founder Glenn Frey in 2016. The Eagles stated that Frey died of complications of colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis, and now his widow is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital in New York.

Robotic system for breast biopsies is in development

Because of human error and the inadequacies of current surgical technology, breast biopsies can provide inaccurate results. Illinois women who have a high risk of developing breast cancer may be interested to know that a 3D-printed robotic system that is being developed can transform how biopsies are conducted and can increase the accuracy of the procedures and breast cancer diagnoses. The research that is producing this new technology could affect medical laboratories and surgical pathology around the world.

Durotomy and medical malpractice

Durotomy refers to small tears made in the spine's outer membrane, or dura mater. It is sometimes an inevitable result of surgery, though it does not lead to long-term problems if caught and treated in time. When the dural tears are not caught in time or reopen after the second surgery, it can lead to a medical malpractice suit. Illinois patients might want to know about a study analyzing the factors that tip the scales in such lawsuits.

Hospital medication errors

Illinois emergency room patients might be less susceptible to medication errors when a pharmacy professional gets a drug history from them. A study by Cedars-Sinai found that there was more than an 80 percent drop in mistakes compared to when nurses or doctors took the history. The study examined more than 300 patients who were taking at least 10 drugs and had a history of at least one serious condition.

Diagnosing skin conditions can be a challenge

Mistakes are easy to make when people in Illinois try to self diagnose their skin problems. A dermatology professor explained that the similar traits of different medical problems create the confusion. A flaky patch of pink skin could be dandruff, psoriasis, ringworm, eczema or squamous cell carcinoma.

High malpractice settlements reflect severity of injuries

When medical professionals in Illinois make mistakes, consequences for patients can last a lifetime. An examination of the high monetary settlements achieved in some malpractice cases reveals how badly things can go wrong in medical settings.

Study looks at common medication errors

People in Illinois who are prescribed opioids might be more vulnerable to medication-related errors. According to a study by the insurer Coverys, almost one-quarter of medication liability claims involved opioids. Among overall liability claims, medication errors were in fourth place after claims related to diagnosis, surgery and medical management. Coverys also named anticoagulants as potentially dangerous and accounting for 16 percent of claims.

Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer

Many Illinois residents likely believe that breast cancer only affects women. However, this is not the case. Although it is extremely rare, men can develop breast cancer. Those who are most at risk for male breast cancer are between the ages of 60 and 70 and who have a family history of breast cancer. An estimated 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. every year.

Maximizing time with a physician

People in Illinois who have medical concerns should make sure that their appointments with their physicians are long enough to have their medical concerns addressed. According to health care professionals at Saint Vincent's Healthcare and Billings Clinic, there are certain things patients can do to get the time they need with their physicians and to make the most of that time.

Medical malpractice and the disclosure of HIV status

Illinois residents who are concerned about how their medical information is handled may be interested in a New Jersey lawsuit regarding a physician's unauthorized disclosure of a patient's HIV diagnosis. The plaintiff was being treated by a nephrologist who disclosed the patient's health and HIV-positive status in front of a third party during an emergency consultation in the private hospital room occupied by the patient.