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Faulty data on drug side effects

Every year, up to 40,000 people around the country die as a result of the side effects from the medications they take. To combat the issue, the federal Food and Drug Administration has been gathering information from patients in North Carolina and elsewhere who have had bad experiences after taking prescribed drugs. However, an evaluation of the data indicates that the information is unusable.

Misleading results behind some high blood pressure diagnoses

North Carolina physicians will monitor a patient's blood pressure because elevated levels could lead to heart attacks and strokes. Blood pressure readings, however, could be inaccurate or incomplete, especially when obtained with manual devices. A professor of medicine from the Université de Montréal explained that a proper measurement of blood pressure required 12 to 15 minutes, which does not fit into the usual 10-minute appointments scheduled by general practitioners.

Being diagnosed with brain cancer

When a North Carolina resident is diagnosed with brain cancer, it can be a devastating and frightening experience. The response to a diagnosis like this can range from anxiety and fear to a sense of calm. It should be noted how a person may react to such life-changing news is extremely personal.

The effectiveness of surgery for early-stage prostate cancer

North Carolina doctors often recommend surgery as a matter of procedure for men who have early-stage prostate cancer. However, according to a 20-year study, surgery hardly provides any benefits to those patients. Washington University School of Medicine was a part of the national research team that conducted the study. The project was managed by the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

New endometriosis research could help speed diagnosis

Many women in North Carolina and across the country suffer from endometriosis, a chronic disease that can affect a number of organs and bodily tissues. Perhaps the best-known symptoms of the condition are severe menstrual cramps and escalating pelvic pain.

Getting an early diagnosis of ovarian cancer

North Carolina women often have many questions for their doctors regarding ovarian cancer. This disease is typically diagnosed in later stages, which can mean a lower survival rate. According to the medical director of integrative gynecologic oncology at Providence Saint John's Health Center, failure to diagnose ovarian cancer early is often caused by both women and their doctors overlooking early warning signs. A lack of knowledge or communication regarding risk factors could also lead to a late diagnosis.

Jury awards $29 million to victim of delayed diagnosis

North Carolina patients who have struggled to get medical professionals to heed their complaints could find the experience of one family disturbingly familiar. A woman experiencing severe fatigue, fainting and shaking had her symptoms dismissed as anxiety and depression by a physician. Although the woman's mother asked for neurological testing, the physician refused for five months until the woman's symptoms worsened significantly. She was ultimately diagnosed with Wilson's Disease that could have been treated in the early stage, but she is now left unable to walk and taking nutrition through a feeding tube for the rest of her life.

Misdiagnosis of Lyme disease can lead to complications

North Carolina patients who have been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease may be interested to learn that, according to a report, an increasing number of patients who exhibit ambiguous symptoms are being misdiagnosed. In some cases, patients are being diagnosed with Lyme disease even though there is no evidence that they had been infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria.

Some diabetes drugs may come with added risk

>Some North Carolina diabetes patients could be at increased risk for a life-threatening complication called ketoacidosis if they take certain drugs to treate their disease. A study is warning that prescription medications like Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Jardiance or Glyxambi could increase the risk.

Causes and symptoms of a collapsed lung

North Carolina residents can suffer a collapsed lung if they experience trauma in the chest area or from certain lung diseases and disorders. Because a collapsed lung can result in complications, it is important for a person who suffers from this type of injury to seek immediate medical attention.

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