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August 2016 Archives

Genetic tests shown to be effective for breast cancer patients

People diagnosed with early breast cancer sometimes forego chemotherapy if chances appear low that tumors will spread to other parts of the body. A genetic testing option could help patients in Arizona and their health care providers make the decision about chemotherapy. However, genetic results do not always produce the same results as traditional methods for predicting the metastatic potential of tumors.

Patients may be able to catch some medical mistakes

Patients in Arizona hospitals may be able to reduce their risk of being injured by a medical error by paying close attention to what's going on during their health care. Staying informed about the treatment plan, asking questions and examining medication before taking it may help a patient to avoid injury. Though there are many systems in place to prevent medical errors, health care still relies on clinical judgment.

An overview of rare diseases

Arizona residents dealing with rare diseases may face a variety of medical challenges. Some are connected to the actual symptoms of these diseases. Others stem from difficulties the medical community may have in developing drugs and treatments for addressing these conditions. An individual suffering from a rare disease can struggle when the medical establishment is uneducated or lacks commitment in providing relief.

College Students And Felony DUI: What Are The Consequences?

There is never a good time to get arrested for driving under the influence, but the long-term consequences are especially steep for college students. Students are now heading back to school, and it is possible the reunion with old friends and making the acquaintance of new ones involves drinking. If it also includes getting behind the wheel, serious trouble can follow. A felony DUI conviction - known in Arizona as extreme DUI - can change a student's life forever. That is the case even if no one was hurt in an accident, because the student is facing the possibility of a felony conviction on his or her record.

Getting diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Many Arizona residents live with chronic pain. Some may also suffer from chronic nausea, depression and dizziness from a young age but are never diagnosed with any disease or disorders. Individuals with such assorted symptoms could actually be suffering from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic disease that affects the body's connective tissue and collagen.

Making cancer medication management easier

Arizona residents who have cancer or care for those with the illness may know that the management of medication can sometimes be difficult. However, there are some ways to make prescription and over-the-counter medicine management easier for those with cancer.

Protein coding gene could improve rare cancer diagnosis rates

A timely diagnosis is often crucial for cancer patients in Arizona and around the country, but experts believe that about one in ten cases of pleural mesothelioma are misdiagnosed. This rare form of cancer is most often found in individuals who have been exposed to asbestos, and it is challenging for oncologists because many of its symptoms can easily be mistaken for lung cancer. However, a team of researchers from the University of Hawaii, New York University and Honolulu's Queen's Medical Center believe that the protein coating gene BAP-1 could provide a diagnosis breakthrough.

Test may detect breast cancers that mammograms miss

Some Arizona women who have been told that they do not have breast cancer after undergoing a mammogram may actually have the disease. A different kind of screening called molecular breast imaging, or MBI, can detect cancers that mammogram screenings miss. Researchers published a study on MBI results in the August edition of the American Journal of Reontgenology.

Informing Arizona residents about interstitial cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is a condition highlighted by pain in the pelvic region in addition to frequent urges to urinate. To make matters worse, it can be difficult for even experienced medical professionals to diagnose the condition. In some cases, patients are told that they are imagining the issue, which can lead to emotional distress. The time and money spent trying to get a correct diagnosis may also be unnecessary interruptions for patients.

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