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Research shows doctor fat shaming could impact health

Some Iowa patients who are overweight might have been subjected to fat shaming and disrespectful treatment at their doctor's office. This can be harmful to a patient both physically and mentally, and it can cause a patient to delay from seeking medical treatment in an effort to avoid having to talk to their medical professionals.

Erroneous dosages can be dangerous

Patients in Iowa may have been exposed to higher or lower drug doses than were safe or necessary for their care. This is an issue that can occur when doctors write prescriptions. Accidentally prescribing or giving a patient a much higher dose can have severe consequences for the patient's health.

Higher speed limits could make roadways less safe

Motorists in Ohio and across the United States are driving faster legally, and it is leading to an increased number of traffic deaths. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that speed limit hikes between 1993 and 2013 led to an additional 33,000 road fatalities.

Surgery might not benefit some prostate cancer patients

When an Iowa man is diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, it may be recommended that he consider certain treatment options that could include prostate cancer surgery. However, a long-term study found that those with localized tumors did not benefit from the surgery. In fact, the risk for complications was particularly high even though those who had the procedure done did not live longer than those who did not have the surgery done.

Judgment leads to $28.9 million in malpractice damages

Iowa residents may be wise to seek a second opinion when their doctors are unable to remedy their underlying health issues and claim that little more can be done. A Missouri woman who spent five months pleading with her physician to run additional tests was left incapacitated because the delay allowed an undetected and potentially deadly disease to worsen. The woman subsequently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, and a jury recently awarded her $28.9 million in damages after determining that the medical facility involved had acted negligently.

SGLT2 inhibitors may increase risks in some diabetes patients

Iowa residents who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be aware that a certain class of drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors could potentially increase the risk of ketoacidosis, a complication that could be life-threatening. These drugs include Glyxambi, Farxiga, Invokana and other brand names.

Getting a second medical opinion

Iowa patients who want to get another opinion about a diagnosis may want to consider obtaining a virtual second opinion. The telehealth and telemedicine industries have been providing means of communication between patients and providers who are not in the same room for years. However, the trend has expanded in recent years due to advances in virtual communication.

Medical errors commonplace throughout health system

Even routine interactions with healthcare settings in Iowa present risks to patients, such as infections and misdiagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 750,000 people in the United States pick up an infection when receiving medical care, and about 10 percent of them die as a result.

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