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August 2016 Archives

Facts about breast cancer testing

With all the tests used to determine breast cancer, sometimes multiple exams may produce different results. For example, while genetic DNA testing may reveal a low risk for cancer, traditional tests results for the same patient may be the exact opposite. There is some information that might help Oregon women who are facing this dilemma.

Learning more about rare diseases in Oregon

In the United States, a rare disease is any disease that impacts 200,000 or fewer people. Currently, there are anywhere from 25 million to 30 million Americans who have a rare disease. This means that as many as 1 in 10 people are afflicted with one of these conditions. Since rare diseases can be difficult to pinpoint, they are often misdiagnosed by doctors.

Medical errors still exist despite increasing patient safety

Unfortunately, medical errors still occur in Oregon even though most doctors strive to provide top-notch care. A study from John's Hopkins University analyzed data from approximately 35 million hospital admissions to determine why there are about 200,000 deaths due to medical error every year.

Why EDS is tough to diagnose in Oregon

What may seem to be tendinitis of the knee or bursitis of the shoulder in some patients may actually be a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. This disorder can also cause some patients to experience chronic fatigue or nausea in combination with sore joints and other symptoms. The syndrome itself is a genetic condition that impacts the way the body creates and processes collagen.

Surgeon may have removed kidney from wrong patient

Oregon residents may have heard about 'never events" that occur at hospitals on relatively rare occasions. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines a never event as a medical error that should never happen and shows that a health care facility has serious underlying safety problems. A couple of examples of never events are wrong site surgery and wrong patient surgery, errors that take place at individual hospitals about once every five to 10 years.

Total joint replacements and medical malpractice

Many people undergo knee, shoulder or hip replacements at Oregon medical facilities. While they might be concerned about whether or not the replacement joint will work, they often do not expect the surgery itself to cause them harm. If you have had a total joint replacement that left you in a worse condition than what you were in before, it is possible that it might be the result of medical malpractice.

Using electronic patient records to reduce medical errors

Oregon residents should be concerned that communication between health care professionals regarding a patient's condition can significantly affect the chances of recovery. When one doctor's shift has ended and another doctor is responsible for a patient's care, pertinent issues regarding the patient have to be discussed. However, it is easy for such information to be overlooked.

The long-term impact of TIAs

Oregon residents may be interested to learn that research from the University of Birmingham disputes the notion that TIAs, or mini-strokes, and their aftereffects are temporary in nature. The study also asserts that clinical guidelines should be revised to recognize the long-term impact of the health condition.

Debilitating bladder condition rarely diagnosed

While few Oregon residents may have heard of interstitial cystitis, millions of Americans suffer from the painful and sometimes debilitating bladder condition. Physicians too are often in the dark about the inflammatory condition that is also known as painful bladder syndrome, but experts say that 1.3 percent of the world's men and 2.7 percent of the world's women suffer from it. The condition causes severe pelvic pain and the frequent urge to urinate, and modern medicine provides no cure and offers only a few treatment options.


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