Asthma involves the swelling and inflammation of the airways and affects more than 25 million people in the country. Approximately 7 million of those are children. Oregon residents who suffer from the disorder or who are parents of children who do should be aware that the misdiagnosis of asthma can result in overusing a rescue inhaler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.