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Being misdiagnosed with Lyme disease

Arizona residents who were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease should be aware that misdiagnoses of this condition are increasing. Some people who have been diagnosed with this disease may not actually have it, so their health is being compromised when doctors prescribe them expensive and often dangerous treatments.

Unnecessary testing for some breast cancer patients

Women in Arizona and throughout the country who are treated for early-stage asymptomatic breast cancer might be getting more tests than needed according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology The ASCO, in conjunction with the American Board of Internal Medicine, has recommended against routine surveillance tests for these types of breast cancer patients.

Improperly administering blood thinners can cause deaths

Arizonans might think about hospitals as settings in which medical malpractice happens, but this type of negligence also frequently happens in nursing homes in the state. One of the types of medical errors that frequently occurs in nursing homes is the improper administration of blood thinners such as Coumadin to elderly patients.

About collapsed lungs

Arizona residents should be aware that if they sustain trauma to their chest, it could cause a collapsed lung. The collapse of a lung, or pneumothorax, occurs when a buildup of air that has leaked into the area between the chest wall and lung begins to exert pressure on the lung, causing it to collapse. In many instances, only a portion of the lung will collapse.

Quick treatment critical for stroke victims

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 130,000 people die in the country each year from a stroke. However, not every stroke is fatal. There are steps that people in Arizona might be able to take to prevent a stroke or recover if one occurs.

New drill could make surgery safer

Arizona residents may have heard about a new drill that aims to make certain types of surgeries safer for patients. The technology was developed by University of Utah researchers. It can go 50 times faster than a human, which may significantly reduce cranial procedures. Currently, surgeons have to drill holes by hand slowly and carefully in these types of operations.

Unnecessary C-sections increase risk of fatal medical errors

Invasive surgery introduces multiple risks, including infection, surgical error and side effects from follow-up medications. In the case of C-sections, which is the most common surgery in the U.S., women can also experience scarring, severe pain and other complications. While necessary in some cases, researchers have found nearly half of these procedures were unwarranted. Women of childbearing age in Arizona can take steps to limit their risk of being subjected to this unnecessary and possibly dangerous birth intervention.

Increasing the availability of medical second opinions

Access to medical specialists and subspecialists is sometimes difficult for Arizona patients to obtain. A world connected by the internet, however, has resulted in the expansion of virtual medical services. With telemedicine, patients can have conversations with remote physicians, and virtual second opinion services can review medical scans and test results and prepare reports about their conclusions. These systems have the ability to provide patients with medical evaluations by people at prestigious medical institutions.

A failure to diagnose lupus

Lupus is a noncontagious autoimmune disease that occurs when autoantibodies cause inflammation in multiple parts of the body, including the lungs, heart, skins, joints, blood and kidneys. Since May is Lupus Awareness Month, Arizona residents may benefit from learning a few facts about the disease.

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