Topic: Medical Errors

Medical emergency while traveling
Mar 28 2017

Are you prepared for a medical emergency while traveling?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Facing a medical emergency while you’re away from home is not something most people plan for, but it should be. With some advance planning, you can be better prepared to find the care you need if you experience an illness or injury when you’re traveling inside or outside the U.S. Be sure to take these... Read More

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Commonly misdiagnosed diseases
Jan 24 2017

5 Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases You Should Know About

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

The risk of a medical misdiagnosis is a serious threat. Several studies have highlighted this risk, including an Institute of Medicine study that found that approximately 12 million people in the U.S. who seek outpatient medical care will experience some form of diagnostic error each year. Why and How Do Misdiagnosis Happen? A misdiagnosis may... Read More

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health risk management
Jan 10 2017

Health Risk Management: Why You Need a Plan Now

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Most people think about planning for the future in financial terms, for example how much money they should save for retirement and how to invest that money to reach their goals. But there’s another type of planning that’s equally important—health risk management. Knowing what health risks you may face and what you can do to... Read More

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superbugs
Dec 20 2016

How to Prevent Drug Interactions and Adverse Reactions

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Drug interactions and adverse reactions send nearly 700,000 people to emergency rooms and cause 100,000 people to be hospitalized each year, according to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The danger of drug interactions and adverse reactions increases a great deal as you age for several different reasons: Older people are more likely... Read More

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Medication errors can harm young children
Dec 13 2016

Medication errors: 4 steps to protect your children

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

As cold and flu season ramps up, parents and caregivers will be measuring out a range of liquid medicines—from pain and fever relievers to antibiotics—to give to their young children. But how sure are you that the dose you’re giving your children is accurate? A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics highlights how often... Read More

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Questions to ask about your new prescription
Jun 14 2016

Questions to Ask Your Doctor When Getting a New Prescription

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Every day in the U.S., at least one person dies due to a prescription drug error and more than 1.3 million people are injured as a result of these medical errors each year according to the Food and Drug Administration. The best way to protect yourself and your family from prescription errors, drug interactions, and... Read More

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Safer transitions from hospital to home
May 10 2016

Hospital to home: Making the transition safer

Disease Management  •  By Susan Walker

There’s a great deal of information you need to understand when you or a loved one makes the transition from the hospital to home after inpatient treatment. Unfortunately, being discharged from the hospital can be a very confusing time and that confusion can lead to problems once you’re home or even readmission to the hospital.... Read More

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Protect your child from the wrong diagnosis
Apr 26 2016

Is your child at risk for the wrong diagnosis?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) study found that 12 million Americans receive the wrong diagnosis each year and that nearly every American will experience at least one misdiagnosis in his or her lifetime. The IOM study focused on adults who received the wrong diagnosis, but some researchers believe the problem could be just as significant... Read More

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How to protect yourself from inappropriate medical treatment
Mar 8 2016

How to Protect Yourself from Inappropriate Medical Treatment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

In medical treatment, more is not always better. Each year, thousands of people receive inappropriate medical treatment for their health problems or too much treatment for a problem that doesn’t pose a serious threat to their health. But there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself from the problem of inappropriate... Read More

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How to protect yourself from misdiagnosis
Nov 17 2015

The growing risk of misdiagnosis and how to protect yourself

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

A recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) included an alarming statistic: 12 million adults in the U.S. who seek outpatient medical care experience a diagnostic error each year in the form of an incorrect, missed or late diagnosis. The report’s authors conclude that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error... Read More

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