Death by medical error

The statistics on deaths caused by medical error in the United States are very troublesome: Heart disease: 614,348 Cancer: 591,699 Medical error: 251,454 Respiratory disease: 147,101 Accidents: 136,053 Strokes: 133,103 Alzheimers: 93,541 Flu/pneumonia: 55,227 Kidney disease: 48,146 Suicide: 42,773 (Figures from John Hopkins University, National Center for Health Statistics amd BMJ, published in the Washington …

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Drugs, part 1: can we trust Big Pharma?

Seeking to replace Warfarin as a blood thinner, Duke Clinical Research Institute ran a trial that ended with approval of the drug Xarelto. However, later the blood testing device malfunctioned. Duke did further tests and published a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine saying that the problems with the machine did not affect …

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