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July 2017 Archives

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.

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