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April 2017 Archives

Civil rights group releases report on law enforcement hacking

Huge government surveillance programs have been the subject of many media stories and political debates in recent years, but Arizona residents may be unfamiliar with one of the latest forms of electronic surveillance used by federal law enforcement agencies. A report released recently by several civil rights groups reveals that government agents are now able to install malicious software on the computers of hundreds or even thousands of individuals suspected of being involved in illegal activity without first obtaining search warrants. This malware is then used to monitor what these individuals are up to online and gather evidence that could be used against them.

Identifying kidney disease in diabetes patients

When Arizona residents have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, they are often at greater risk for developing chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease. Unfortunately, the tests for determining if a patient has either of these conditions is not completely accurate. Most tests are based on people's albumin to creatinine ratio and their estimated glomerular filtration rate.

Is treatment for drug offenders more cost-effective than prison?

In society today, many have the attitude of "lock them up and throw away the key" for those who commit drug crimes. While this may seem like a simple solution to get criminals or drug users off the streets, the reality is that it may not be the most cost-effective way to deal with drug addiction or repeat offenders.

Prepping your college kid for safe summer partying

As the spring term comes to a close, your college kid is undoubtedly looking forward to summer fun. This means vacations, graduation parties and weekend trips to numerous destination sites in Arizona. These social gatherings are likely to include alcohol consumption.

High rate of misdiagnoses

A study indicates that the rate of misdiagnoses by health care practitioners in Arizona and around the country may be between 10 and 20 percent. The study, which was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, involved data from 286 patients who visited the Mayo Clinic to get a second opinion after seeing a primary care physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. The majority of these individuals were under the age of 64 and were female.

A failure to diagnose lupus

Arizona patients who suffer from lupus are at risk of having the illness misdiagnosed if they have a mild form of the condition, are exhibiting minimal symptoms and have extended periods between the onset of their symptoms. Also, the symptoms of lupus, which can include the loss of hair, mouth lesions, swollen joints, fever and break outs from sun exposure, can be attributed to a number of other diseases. In fact, because it is often mistaken for other conditions, lupus is referred to as the "great imitator".

Driving under the influence of drugs

Arizona drivers as well as those throughout the country might be increasingly getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs. Law enforcement and various organizations dedicated to driving safety report an increase in the number of people testing positive for drug use and overdosing while behind the wheel.

Misdiagnosing liver cancer

Liver cancer is a condition that can be misdiagnosed because its symptoms tend to surface when the disease is in the advanced stages. Arizona residents should also know that some of the symptoms can be vague or can mimic those of other medical conditions, particularly those related to the digestive system. According to one study, 50 percent of patients who have a chronic liver disease will not be correctly diagnosed by their primary physician.

Should you accept a plea bargain for your DUI?

If you have been charged with a DUI for the first time, you may be surprised when the prosecutors offer you a plea deal. This lets prosecutors avoid the effort and expense of going to trial. As a defendant, you should not rely on a prosecutor's explanation or assume that he or she has your best interests in mind. Learn what you should expect with a plea deal.

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