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Longer shifts might be safer for new doctors than shorter hours

Patient safety is supposed to be at the forefront of medical decisions and health care policies. That is one of the reason a medical oversight board reduced the number of hours a new doctor can work in one shift. New medical residents, which are new doctors, had their hours reduced from a maximum of 30 hours per shift to just 16 hours. While this was meant to help reduce the number of errors that doctors make due to fatigue.

Male breast cancer may often be misdiagnosed

Breast cancer can be a devastating diagnosis. Over 230,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year in the United States. Just over 2,200 men are diagnosed with the disease. Although this disease rarely affects men compared to women, the lower number of diagnoses may be detrimental to accurately diagnosing the men who do have breast cancer.

Doctors may be distracted by increased regulations

When a doctor steps into an exam room, they try their best to focus on the patient's needs. They ask questions about the patient's medical history, diagnose conditions and prescribe and explain medications. These are all important in making sure the patient receives the best quality care. On top of these important responsibilities, some doctors, especially at smaller clinics might have patient privacy regulations in the back of their mind.

Healthcare-less: medication mistakes often kept secret

"Everyone makes mistakes" is a phrase that everyone is familiar with. Truly, mistakes are made by workers in every profession, from an honest accident to a glaring, dangerous disregard for regulations and caution. The means of making up for these mistakes are also widely known: claiming responsibility, taking quick action to make things right, and learning from one's error(s) are all means of correcting a mistake.

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