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Trump administration scooping up Americans' data in effort to track undocumented immigrants, ACLU says | Duluth News Tribune (duluthnewstribune.com)

Topics: StingRays, Nathan Freed Wessler, civil liberties groups, huge invasion, mission creep, serious offenses, Customs Enforcement, Government abuses

  • That's the big concern raised in a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed yesterday against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, demanding to know how widely the agencies are using the tools called StingRays and who they're targeting.
  • That makes them extremely useful for locating criminals when police know the phone they're carrying.
  • The suitcase-sized cell site simulators are so effective, in fact, that the FBI uses them in a range of high profile cases - including to track President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen in a campaign finance investigation -- and foreign adversaries may also be using them in Washington to spy on Americans.
  • This is especially concerning since it's unclear if the people they're tracking have committed serious offenses or if they've just crossed the border illegally - as newsreports suggest

 

 
 
Diagnostic Errors (psnet.ahrq.gov)
 
Topics: health care, delayed diagnoses, decision support, Diagnostic error, individual clinicians, cognitive errors, false-negative rapid test, diagnostic process
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • While cognitive biases on the part of individual clinicians play a role in many diagnostic errors, underlying health care system problems also contribute to missed and delayed diagnoses.
  • Missed or delayed diagnoses (particularly cancer diagnoses) are a prominent reason for malpractice claims, and much of the research into systems causes of diagnostic error arises from studies of closed malpractice claims in primary care , pediatrics , emergency medicine , and surgery .
  • One of the earliest uses of information technology in medicine was decision support for clinical diagnosis, particularly for notoriously high-risk and difficult diagnoses such as acute myocardial infarction.
  • Recent systematic reviews have assessed the evidence base of interventions to prevent cognitive errors and systems problems that can lead to diagnostic error.
  • Every year, upward of 12 million Americans see a physician and come away with a wrong diagnosis. The top cause? Bad judgment, according to The Washington Post.
  • Newman-Toker found that judgment errors accounted for 86 percent of 55,377 medical malpractice claims he evaluated where misdiagnosis led to death or disability. (ptproductsonline.com)

If you or a loved one were improperly diagnosed and suffered injury due to that misdiagnosis, we are here to help. For more information, including an explanation of what to expect in the legal process, a checklist for parents and victims, answers to frequently asked questions, and other information, please click here, call or text Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. today at 312.553.4900.

 

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Ex-Chicago sex-abuser priest Vincent McCaffrey free after 17 years in prison for child pornography (chicago.suntimes.com) - Dec 13 2019

Topics: child pornChicagoCatholicVincent McCaffreyU.S.prisons bureauCalumet Citychurch communities

 

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Topics: CongressChris PappasSteven Liebermansubstandard careveteran carehuman failinglicense requirementsrecent VA Inspector General report

  • In the past months, a former VA pathologist was charged with manslaughter in the deaths of three veteran patients and is alleged to have botched diagnosis in 3,000 cases, a former nurse has been charged with stealing pain medication from veterans, a VA staff member is accused of sexual assaults and another former staff member is a person of interest in multiple veteran homicides , among others.
  • "VA removes people who willfully cause harm in patient care," Lieberman said.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs is "severely" short of nurses, psychiatrists, police and human resources staff.
  • A new bipartisan bill introduced into the House last week hopes to address some of those issues with HR staff -- reforming hiring practices.
  • Human resources management hires are the top non-medical staff shortage at VA, followed by police.

 

Veterans deserve the utmost care and medical assistance. We are here to provide justice for those who have been a victim of medical malpractice at a VA hospital or another medical facility. For more information, including an explanation of what to expect in the legal process, a checklist for parents and victims, answers to frequently asked questions, and other information, please click here, call or text Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. today at 312.553.4900.

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