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Category Archives: Medical Negligence

Cervical cancer screening falls

Testing for cervical cancer in England has fallen to a 10-year low, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust says. 8 women a day are diagnosed with the disease, and 3 a day lose their battle to cervical cancer. Cervical screening (smear tests) can save 5,000 lives a year and yet 20% of women are not being tested.…
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Personal Injury claims and law changes

Last week the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) answered some fundamental questions about transferring the cost burden in personal injury cases and how it will work. Normally in personal injury and medical negligence cases if the claimant loses they are responsible for the defendant’s costs as well as their own (although the claimants own costs are…
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Breast implant exploded in shower

Following a botched cosmetic procedure abroad, Ms Chapman from Southampton had her breast implant explode in the shower. Ms Chapman had researched breast augmentation surgery on the internet and found a clinic in Tunisia. But, she says she has been humiliated and suffered from this ‘horrendous’ ordeal. She has had to undergo three further operations…
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Cerebral Palsy sufferer completes half marathon walk

James Driver was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 9 months old and doctors believed he may never walk. He was born 11 weeks premature and at two days old he suffered a bleed on his brain. But, James has defied the odds and despite being confined to his wheelchair for a majority of the time,…
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CT scans on children linked to brain cancer

A study led by Newcastle University suggests that multiple CT scans in childhood could triple the risk of developing brain cancer (brain tumour) or leukaemia. But, writing in The Lancet the authors stressed that the benefits of CT scan usually outweighs the risks. The study merely underlined the guidelines on the use of the scans…
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Pump device could relieve symptoms of cerebral palsy

In the US Matthew Taylor is running cross-country for his high school as well as half marathons to raise money for sick children. What is truly amazing is that Matthew has spastic cerebral palsy. Spasticity is tight, stiff muscles or spasms that restrict movement and make posture and balance difficult. Not only can it affect…
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Exercise does not help depression

Research suggests that combining exercise with conventional treatment for depression does not aid recovery. Current guidelines, which were drawn up in 2004 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), suggest that depression sufferers do up to three exercise sessions a week. At the time of publishing the guidelines, NICE said it was…
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NHS too quick to resuscitate the acutely ill

Some elderly patients are suffering ‘undignified’ and distressing deaths because hospitals wrongly try to resuscitate them. The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) reviewed the care of 585 acutely ill patients who ended up having cardiac arrest. Their conclusion was that CPR had wrongly become the default setting as well as saying…
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Cerebral Palsy sufferer completes Triathlon, with his brother’s love

When Conner Green was told that a younger brother was on the way, he dreamed of playing on his bike outside with his new sibling. His younger brother Cayden Long was diagnosed with Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and the odds of playing outside were against the brothers. That was until Conner decided to complete a kid’s…
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Cauda Equina – a complicated name, but a serious condition

What is Cauda Equina? At your tailbone there are a group of nerves that supply power to your lower legs, feet, bowel and bladder. Nerves can be described as telephone lines, supplying electricity through your body. If these nerves are damaged, permanent injury can occur. Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors have seen cases where…
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