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April 2018 Archives

New birth risk confirmed

The birth process is natural, yet full of risks to both mother and baby. If for some reason labor is complicated and lengthy, the chance of birth complications multiplies. Modern medical knowledge and skill must be administered correctly to avoid injurious complications and death. Recently, new medical findings confirm another risk factor for the birth process.

Some blood pressure meds boost women's pancreatic cancer risk

Pancreatic cancer can be one of the most devastating forms of the progressive disease for patients in Florida, especially as it often develops before being detected. Research suggests that some drugs that are prescribed to treat high blood pressure can increase the chances of women developing this particularly deadly form of cancer. A large study of women after menopause found that those who had taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB) had a 66 percent higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Insurer estimates misdiagnosis affects at least 10% of patients

According to estimates from a medical malpractice insurer, between 10 and 20 percent of patients do not receive an accurate diagnosis during doctor visits. When people in Florida seek medical care, medical errors are the most likely to occur during the diagnostic phase. The insurer studied over 10,000 medical professional liability claims over a five-year period and concluded that diagnostic errors were the root cause of 33 percent of them.

Small intestine cancer: its signs and symptoms

Adenocarcinoma is a form of cancer that develops in the small intestines. Because its initial symptoms include pain, nausea and vomiting, it can be difficult for doctors to pin it down immediately. In fact, it usually takes several months before patients are correctly diagnosed. Residents of Florida who are experiencing these or any of the other symptoms mentioned below will want to see a doctor.

Data entry software could help prevent radiology errors

On March 20, researchers published the results of a study that found that data entry software could reduce ultrasound and dual-energy x-ray errors for patients in Florida and elsewhere. It was also found that the software could save up to $1 million in radiology costs over a period of five years.