Monthly Archives: August 2014

Are Doctors Prescribing Too Much Testosterone Therapy?

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that doctors are overprescribing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to men with normal hormone levels. Testosterone replacement therapy was originally developed to help men whose bodies did not create enough testosterone naturally, like victims of prostate or testicular cancer. The drug has its merits, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports that TRT causes heart attack, stroke and blood clot risks. Published in January 2014, the article studied men from the U.S. and the U.K. while they underwent preliminary testing for TRT. The study showed that testosterone supplements are on the rise in both countries. However, use in the UK has increased by 30 percent, while use in the U.S. has quadrupled. Another interesting fact is that TRT use in Britain has increased mainly among men with low testosterone (low T). Men in the U.S….
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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Medical Malpractice Victim

The Supreme Court will allow a South Carolina woman to proceed with her medical malpractice lawsuit, even after it was thrown out by a circuit court judge in 2012. The victim claims she was injured in 2008 during a medical procedure at East Cooper Regional Medical Center in Charleston County. A circuit court judge dismissed the woman’s first civil suit in 2012, ruling that the case was barred by South Carolina’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases. What Is a Statute of Limitations? A statute of limitations is a timeframe allowing victims to file a civil lawsuit, so they can be handled in a timely manner. Malpractice lawsuits must generally be filed for three years after the initial injury (two years if the defendant is a government entity or employee), but patients must meet several conditions during that period. A South Carolina law requires victims of medical malpractice to file a notice…
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Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Thousands of Americans get sick or die in hospitals every year, but most cases do not qualify as medical malpractice. To prove negligence, victims must prove that the doctor or hospital violated their “duty of care.” Every physician has a duty to act responsibly towards all patients undergoing treatment. If a doctor violates that “duty of care” and injures a patient, he or she can be sued for medical malpractice. Signs of possible negligence can include: Missed or late diagnosis Surgical errors Medication errors Failure to warn patient of known risk Failure to obtain consent How Do I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit? In South Carolina, the first step to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is finding a medical expert to support the claim of negligence or duty violation. Medical experts are usually from out of state to avoid conflicts of interest, and must be in the same field or…
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