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October 2017 Archives

Diabetes cases may be misdiagnosed

Most people in North Carolina and elsewhere may be aware of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 occurs when the body kills its own insulin while type 2 occurs when the body cannot make enough insulin. However, there is a third type of diabetes that may be caused by damage to the pancreas. This type of diabetes may be misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes in some patients. A misdiagnosis may require a patient to spend time and money on treatments that may not work.

Study examines medication liability claims

North Carolina patients who are prescribed opioids or anticoagulants may be at a greater risk of a medical error than those who take other types of medications. According to a study by the insurer Coverys, around one-quarter of liability claims were related to opioids while 16 percent were related to anticoagulants. In 15 percent of cases, there were opioid claims along with allegations of inappropriate physician behavior.

Race may play role in breast cancer survival rates

According to a report from the American Cancer Society, the death rates for women with breast cancer have come down in recent years overall. However, not all patients in North Carolina or elsewhere face the same outcomes. White women have a 39 percent greater chance of surviving breast cancer than black women based on data from 2015. Similar differences in patient outcomes between white and black patients were observed in the 1980s.

Injuries to the sacral spinal cord

When North Carolina residents become involved in car crashes, they are sometimes at risks for suffering injuries to their spinal cord. The functions that are affected will vary depending on where the injury occurred. For example, sacral spinal cord injuries often have an impact on the hips, groin and perineal areas of the body.

How patients can get better care from doctors

North Carolina doctors may not be spending as much time with their patients as the patients would like. However, representatives from Saint Vincent's Healthcare and Billings Clinic have suggestions for how patients can get the most from an appointment. Ideally, patients will stick to talking about the symptoms that led them to see a doctor in the first place. As a general rule, it may be best to stick to two problems per appointment.

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