Oregon women who suffer from endometriosis may be interested to learn that two leading nonprofit women's health organizations are teaming up to increase awareness of the disease and improve treatments. Endometriosis affects approximately 10 percent of women of reproductive age worldwide.
When medical errors occur in Oregon hospitals, guidelines recommend that doctors disclose all of the complications and any mistakes that were made to the patient and the patient's family. However, a survey found that surgeons in 12 different specialty areas often did not follow all of these guidelines.
As Oregon residents may have unfortunately discovered firsthand, surgical errors can happen even during routine operations. During major surgical procedures, such as brain surgery, the risk of complications and potential for error increases. The American Council of Graduate Medical Education has recently recognized the possibility of error and implemented a rule limiting the number of hours that a physician in training, also called a resident, can be actively on the job.
Many Oregon residents trust their doctors to help them when they need it most. However, doctors can make mistakes and leave patients with serious complications that can even be fatal.
The failure to diagnose an illness is often the result of the similarity of symptoms many illnesses share. Oregon residents might already be aware of the three diseases that are routinely mistaken for other illnesses.
Google is teaming with the United Kingdom's National Health Service to develop new technologies to make it easier for doctors in Oregon and worldwide to diagnose two common eye diseases. The project is a collaboration between DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence division, and Moorsfield Eye Hospital in London.
Oregon patients who are awaiting surgery may feel more confident about the outcome if they know that the surgeon has performed a particular procedure hundreds of times. While experience is necessary to master a skill, feedback during training is also important.
Oregon arthritis sufferers should be aware of the distinctions between psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis. Both conditions affect the small joints and have other similarities, but they require different treatments. Osteoarthritis primarily affects the cartilage and affects people as they age, while psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory condition. Osteoarthritis may also present inflammation, but it is not a primary facet of the condition.