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August 2016 Archives

Why medical errors continue to be a major problem

North Carolina readers may have heard about a recent Johns Hopkins University report that claims that nearly 200,000 Americans die from medical errors each year. Based on that estimate, medical error is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Another recent study by the Department of Health and Human Services found that around 29 percent of Medicare patients experienced some form of harm during hospital stays.

Preventing cancer medication errors

People in North Carolina who are diagnosed with severe forms of cancer are usually prescribed several medications. In fact, some cancer patients are told to take over 20 different medications, including many that must be injected. For the cancer patients themselves or the people who are caring for them, administering all of the medications as prescribed can be a big challenge.

Scientists hope protein gene can improve rare cancer detection

Medical experts believe that as many as one in 10 patients suffering from pleural mesothelioma in North Carolina and around the country may be misdiagnosed. This rare form of cancer is often discovered in individuals who have been exposed to large quantities of asbestos, and most oncologists have had little or no experience with it. Making matters even more challenging for doctors is that many of the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are also symptoms of lung cancer.

Doctors often misdiagnose patients with bladder problems

People in North Carolina who have a condition called "painful bladder syndrome" are frequently misdiagnosed. Painful bladder syndrome, or interstitial cystitis as it is called in medical literature, affects about 2.7 percent of women and 1.3 percent of men around the world. Symptoms of the condition include the constant urge to urinate and pelvic pain.

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