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Medical malpractice lawsuit over intersex child sets precedent

In a lawsuit that may be a first, adoptive parents were awarded $440,000 because their child had actually been born with the genitalia for both males and females, and South Carolina authorities arbitrarily decided to remove the male genitals and make the infant a girl.

Is anesthesia really as safe as doctors say it is?

For a long time now, patients have been told that modern anesthesia methods are safer than ever, with mortality rates falling drastically over the last 30 years to only around one anesthesia-related death out of every 200,000 to 300,000 patients.

How to protect yourself from medical errors

Citing the need for greater awareness and more transparency to lessen human error in health care, researchers point to ways that patients themselves can help reduce medical errors. Currently, medical errors come after heart disease and cancer as the third leading cause of death in the United States. Over 250,000 Americans die each year because of surgical errors and medication mistakes. While professionals work to implement practices to improve this problem, there are things you can do to prevent a devastating medical mistake that affects the rest of your life.

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