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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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. Because there may… read more

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. According to the WHO report, lost productivity and health care costs attributable to the… read more

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… read more

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. The lead author of the study says the findings underscore the success of efforts to cut… read more