September 19, 2013

#3 Cause of Death in US

1 Medical Errors May Cause 440K Yearly Deaths

According to a new report published in the latest Journal of Patient Safety, the number of deaths caused annually by medical mistakes in hospitals is far greater than the figure of 98,000 that has been the accepted estimate for a decade. Based on more recent studies of hospital death rates, NASA toxicologist and report author John T. James calculates that the actual number is, at a minimum, 210,000 per year, and when factoring in needed treatments that were not provided and diagnostic errors that went unreported, could be as high as 440,000. If correct, that would mean that medical mistakes are the third greatest cause of death in America, behind only heart disease and cancer. The American Hospital Association disputes James, but patient safety experts find him credible.

More at Propublica.org | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Hospitals More Deadly in July

Tags: Hospital Errors, Medical Malpractice, Hospital Deaths, Medical Mistakes, Hospital-Caused Fatalities, Journal of Patient Safety

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2 Ten Worst Cities for Fall Allergies

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released its report of the worst US cities to live in for people with fall allergies. The ranking is based on pollen levels, the number of allergy medications used per patient and the number of board-certified allergists per patient. The agency says the primary allergy triggers this fall will be ragweed pollen and outdoor mold, which is spread by fall weather and wind patterns. To compile this list, the agency looked at the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the continental US. How does your city stack up? Here are the 10 worst cities for fall allergies, in descending order: Wichita, KS; Jackson, MS; Knoxville, TN; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; McAllen, TX; Baton Rouge, LA; Dayton, OH; Chattanooga, TN; Oklahoma City, OK.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Fewer Food Allergies Than People Think

Tags: Allergies, Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, Fall Allergies, Ragweed Pollen, Outdoor Mold, Worst Cities for Fall Allergies

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