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February 2017 Archives

The leading causes of medical misdiagnoses

Thousands of patients are misdiagnosed in Arizona and around the country every year. A misdiagnosis could cause someone to not receive the medical care he or she desperately needs, and this kind of medical mistake can be fatal when progressive diseases like cancer remain undetected. While patients may be to blame when they do not report all their symptoms or fail to complete the tests ordered by their doctors, misdiagnoses are more often caused by negligent physicians or laboratory staff.

Prefilled syringes could save both money and lives

Hospitals in Arizona and around the country may be able to lower their costs and reduce the number of catastrophic medical errors by using prefilled syringes according to a study funded by a medical equipment manufacturer. When nurses switched to prefilled syringes, medication error rates dropped into the single digits. Taking a syringe-and-vial approach resulted in a 75 percent error rate. Saving time can sometimes save lives in busy operating rooms, and the study revealed that prefilled syringes reduced preparation times by more than 50 percent.

Understanding crime on college campuses

There is a lot of attention and scrutiny on America's colleges, especially in light of recent publicity about several high-profile sexual assault cases and the response that some schools have had, or not had, to the phenomenon. For today's college students, this information often comes out of context, though. This can lead to an environment of excessive fear, and it can also lead to recklessness in other areas as students misunderstand the real risks that come with campus life. Those risks can also include being accused of crimes that you did not commit.

Misdiagnosing fibromyalgia

Arizona residents who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia may want to know that only a small number of people who receive the diagnosis actually suffer from the condition. As many as two-thirds of diagnosed fibromyalgia patients have been misdiagnosed and are actually suffering from another medical condition. Fibromyalgia is only correctly diagnosed when all other functional and medical conditions have been considered and eliminated.

Understanding Arizona's drugged driving statute

As DUI deaths rise across the state, Arizona has turned to some rather aggressive law enforcement tactics to attempt to protect public safety. That means more than just tightening DUI penalties, though. It also means a very vigorous drugged driving statute. This is one statute that every motorist should be aware of because navigating its complexities involves understanding the nature and complications of many prescription drugs, in addition to alcohol and illegal drugs.

False-positives may cause women to skip mammograms

According to a study, many women in Arizona and around the country delay or skip their next mammogram due to prior false-positive results. A false-positive result on a mammogram is often caused by an aberration that resembles cancer. These aberrations are then shown to be benign following a biopsy or additional imaging.

Should you refuse a breath test if you have been drinking underage?

With the state's penalties for underage drinking being as high as they are, it can be tempting to resist medical testing for intoxication, especially if you believe that you are not intoxicated but have had enough alcohol to break the statute regarding underage drinking. It seems like a slam-dunk idea, especially if you believe you can pass standard field sobriety tests, which demonstrate the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle without impairment. Learn how that may not be the best decision.

World Cancer Day highlights need for early diagnosis

Arizona medical professionals understand the benefits of early cancer detection and treatment. On World Cancer Day in early February, the World Health Organization took the opportunity to promote greater efforts globally to find cancer in its early stages and provide treatment.

Binge drinking continues its popularity with teens

From health consequences to driving concerns, teen drinking poses a great many problems. One aspect, binge drinking, has become quite popular among the under-21 crowd. Since it is not an activity that happens every night, teenagers tend to shrug off what responsible adults see as an alarming pattern of behavior. Unfortunately, parents might be unaware of this underage drinking phenomenon until serious issues arise and legal counsel is needed.

Number of men treated for prostate cancer decreases

According to a study, the number of older U.S. men treated for prostate cancer in Arizona and nationwide has dropped since doctors began curtailing the use of screening tests. The study was published in the medical journal Health Affairs.

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