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October 2016 Archives

Misdiagnosing COPD and asthma

New York readers may be surprised to learn that up to 50 percent of patients are misdiagnosed with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to studies. The problem disproportionately affects African Americans and other minority populations.

Teen traffic deaths on the rise due to distracted driving

In 2015, traffic fatalities around the U.S. increased by 7.2 percent compared to 2014. This was the largest percentage increase in 50 years and the first i since 2007. A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that car accident deaths among teens increased by 10 percent in 2015, which is more than any other age group. New York parents of young drivers should pay close attention to that latter statistic.

Diagnosing Lyme disease can be hard

If a New York doctor suspects that a patient may have Lyme disease, the first step is to do a blood test. The blood test will look for the presence of Lyme antibodies as antibodies are the body's way of trying to stop the infection from getting worse. However, the presence of antibodies means that an individual may have been exposed to the illness even if he or she doesn't actually have it.

Failure to diagnose cancer in children

When New York parents learn that one of their children has cancer, emotional turmoil can result. Every day throughout the country, 43 children receive the news that they have some form of cancer, and their families must prepare for the challenges that come with treatment. A misdiagnosis of cancer for a child, however, exposes the young person to treatments that might not be necessary. Physical harm could result on top of the fearful feelings experienced by the family.

An overview of spinal cord injury statistics

There are many types of accidents that can cause health problems for New York residents, and one of the most serious types of injuries in such incidents is damage to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can occur in accidents involving automobiles, surgery, violence, falls and other traumatic situations, and the damage can range in severity. A complete SCI may cause permanent neurological deficits, while an incomplete SCI might resolve in part or in full.

Medical error as a leading cause of death

Individual medical needs can range greatly, and errors can occur at various points in a patient's treatment. New York residents might be surprised to learn that diagnosis is the point at which a deadly error is most likely. Furthermore, the majority of these mistakes do not occur in hospitals but rather in a doctor's office. This is one of several major areas that contribute to medical error being third highest as a cause of death in the nation.

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