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May 2017 Archives

Getting treatment for strokes

Many North Carolina residents believe that strokes only strike the elderly. However, a person can actually suffer a stroke in their 30s or 40s. Because there are more than 130,000 deaths across the nation caused by strokes every year, it is important to know the signs and symptoms as getting immediate treatment is imperative.

Causes of Erb's palsy

Some babies born in North Carolina might suffer a birth injury known as Erb's palsy. It commonly results when there is a problem delivering the shoulder part of the baby and excessive pressure is placed on the shoulder, neck or head. About 2 out of every 1,000 babies delivered have Erb's palsy. Symptoms may include a limp or paralyzed arm, little to no movement in fingers and hands or a lack of sensation in those areas.

How telemedicine is changing second opinions

North Carolina patients who are seeking a second opinion about a medical condition might be able to do so virtually. Telemedicine and telehealth services are increasingly available, and people can use them to transmit information from monitoring devices and consult with a physician.

The importance of early diagnosis for melanoma survival

When detected early, melanoma, a type of skin cancer, has a high rate for survival. However, the early detection survival rate of 94 to 100 percent drops to 20 percent if the cancer spreads. Although it accounts for only 1 percent of all skin cancers, melanoma also accounts for the highest number of deaths from skin cancer. North Carolina residents with fair skin and a family history of the disease are more likely to suffer from it.

Hospitals collaborate to improve detection of deadly sepsis

North Carolina parents could easily fail to notice the warning signs of sepsis in their children. Sepsis, which can present as fever and fatigue, can rapidly advance to a lethal stage. A study in 2013 estimated that almost 7,000 children die every year out of the 75,000 admitted to hospitals for sepsis. To improve detection of the life-threatening blood infection that can result from a small cut or viral illness, 44 hospitals nationwide have agreed to follow diagnostic and treatment protocols aimed at reducing childhood sepsis deaths.

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