Talcum powder is a powder based on the mineral talc. As a powder, talcum cuts down on friction and is surprisingly effective at absorbing moisture. As such, it is often used to keep skin dry and prevent rashes. However, new research suggests that talcum powder may cause ovarian cancer. Talc is a mineral that is, structurally, very similar to...

Several weight loss products have been recalled by the FDA due to potentially life threatening reactions with other drugs.Jenesis, Oasis, and other weight loss products have been recalled because of undeclared drugs included in the products. The undeclared products are sibutramine and phenolphthalein, an appetite suppressant and laxative, respectively. Sibutramine is known to cause serious complications in users with...

According to a new study, an antibiotic used to treat deadly bacterial infections may place patients at a high risk for hearing loss. The medication is frequently given to newborns battling life-threatening infections in Missouri and across the U.S. The study examined the impact of aminoglycoside antibiotics, which are typically used to treat bacteremia, meningitis and respiratory infections in...

Missouri residents may know about malpractice suits that are filed against physicians, hospitals and other health care workers because of reported negligence. Medical errors might cause a worsening of symptoms of the patient or misdiagnosis of a condition. Reportedly, the number of injuries occurring in the health care industry is over 1 million annually, and around 85,000 lawsuits are...

Missouri residents and medical practitioners may want to take note of a recent Virginia case that resulted in a $500,000 judgement on behalf of the defendant. The medical malpractice portion alone was responsible for $200,000 of the award. Defamation resulted in another $100,000, and an additional $200,000 was awarded for punitive damages. The case is based on an audio...

Initiatives to have electronic health records used by hospitals and other health care providers have given rise to a behavior called alert fatigue. Many health care workers in Missouri and around the country tend to ignore the numerous warnings that pop up while using electronic health records, especially when entering information about medications. Many of the alerts are associated...

When a Missouri doctor fails to diagnose a disease or disorder or causes harm to their patient through negligence, the patient can potentially file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor. However, proving fault in these types of cases can be incredibly difficult. In general, the patient will be required to show that the doctor did not meet the...

People in Missouri seeking redress for medical errors can usually expect a requirement to stay quiet about the details of their cases upon accepting compensation. A review of medical malpractice settlements, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that nondisclosure agreements frequently accompanied settlements, and their requirements could even prohibit discussions with regulators. The study examined medical malpractice cases that...

It may not always be easy to report when a co-worker does something wrong in the workplace. As a result, Missouri practitioners may not report medical errors they observe, even when reporting an error might save a patient's life. In a 2005 study, over half of clinical staff and administrators reported witnessing co-workers breaking rules, making mistakes and demonstrating...

As some Missouri patients know, electronic medical records are used extensively in the health care industry. Doctors and hospitals use this to document history and physicals, tests, diagnoses and treatment. Such records may be used to defend a physician's choices or actions, but the record might also show a physician's failure to order the proper test, interpret test results and...