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. Certain conditions, including high blood pressure,… read more

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… read more

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… read more

How to explain a DUI charge to your children

A few months ago, you met a friend you had not seen in a long time for lunch. Catching up turned out to be a lot of fun, and the lunch went on for hours. You enjoyed some wine, but you felt perfectly fine to drive. However, you did not realize your brake light was… read more

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… read more

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. Although men can develop the condition, women make up the… read more

Early detection is key for melanoma survival

Summer is almost here, and that means many Arizona residents will be enjoying more time out in the sun. However, dermatologists warn that sunburns and prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to an increased risk of melanoma. The American Cancer Society says that melanoma is responsible for around 1 percent of skin cancers in… read more

Preventing sepsis

Sepsis is a serious medical condition that can become fatal within hours. Arizona parents may not know that sepsis is responsible for the hospitalization of 75,000 children and teenagers every year in the United States. The results of a 2013 study show that almost 7,000 children will die each year from it, a number that… read more

How may a DUI arrest affect your future?

Whether it is your first or third arrest for a DUI, a conviction often means a criminal record that directly affects your future. Many go out for a night of partying without truly understanding the consequences of driving under the influence. Currently, more than 65 million people in the United States deal with the reality… read more