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February 2016 Archives

Women with anxiety could face heart disease misdiagnosis

Some Oregon women with anxiety might also have heart disease, but a doctor may not notice it because the symptoms of the two are so similar. These were the findings of a study that was published Feb. 23 in "Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes."

New Lyme disease test could lead to earlier treatment

Scientists have introduced a method to test for Lyme disease that could reduce cases of misdiagnosis and allow patients in Oregon and nationwide to begin treatment weeks earlier than currently possible. The research was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Fewer patients per nurse can save lives, according to study

Patients in Oregon hospitals rely on medical staff consisting of doctors, nurses, and other personnel to provide care. There is currently a nursing shortage in many parts of the country that is expected to continue as the baby boom generation ages and increases demands on health care workers and facilities. Sometimes nurses may find themselves in a situation in which they have too many individual patients to care for, and a study that has been published in an online medical journal found that the nurse-to-patient ratio may have a direct impact on the mortality rate of patients.

Doctor performed surgery on wrong newborn

A baby who is born at an Oregon hospital may be given a number of checkups before the baby and mother are discharged. One family in Tennessee thought that their newborn was going for a routine checkup and then discovered that hospital staff had made a serious mistake. When the healthy baby boy was mistaken for another baby, an unnecessary surgical procedure was performed on him.

Hospital medical errors are a leading cause of death

People who seek medical care in Oregon and across the United States depend on medical professionals to give effective and helpful treatment, but medical errors can and do happen. According to recent studies, hospital medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., with between 200,000 and 400,000 deaths every year attributed to hospital medical errors. These errors range from medication mistakes to doctors performing the wrong surgery.

Female heart attack patients are often misdiagnosed

Women in Oregon and around the country may be more at risk for heart disease than men. Every year, more women in the United States die from heart disease than men, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. Now, researchers are looking into gender differences in patients who have experienced heart attacks in order to identify the reasons women have poorer outcomes.


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