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Detecting LBD

Florida residents who suspect that they or a loved one may suffer from Lewy body dementia, or LBD, should be aware that early detection can be a key factor in having successful treatment. People who have LBD tend to respond more favorably to certain types of dementia medications than individuals who have Alzheimer's. This means that receiving treatment during the early stages can help enhance and extend the quality of life for LBD sufferers and their caregivers. The accurate and early diagnosis of LBD is also important because many LBD sufferers tend to have poorer responses to certain types of drugs for movement and behavior than individuals who have Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.

MAMMA project develops new way to find breast cancer tumors

Many Florida women have breast cancer, and it accounts for roughly 25 percent of all cancer cases around the world. Survival rates are comparatively high, thanks to advances in the detection of breast cancer tumors, but some tumors are more subtle and thus at a higher risk for proving fatal. This is where the European-funded project MAMMA comes in.

Study analyzes the frequency of cellulitis misdiagnoses

Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital conducted a study of patients with presumed cellulitis and published the results back in February. Cellulitis patients in Florida should know what the researchers found out because the condition they have is frequently misdiagnosed.

Mitochondrial disease patients go on "diagnostic odyssey"

The journal Neurology Genetics published a study called "The Mitochondrial Disease Patient's Diagnostic Odyssey: Results of a Survey" showing how those with mitochondrial disease are forced to visit numerous specialists and undergo multiple tests before they receive a correct diagnosis. Patients in Florida may want to know why this is.

Wrong diagnosis can be preamble to medical malpractice

When a patient in Florida faces a medical malpractice situation, there is a good chance that the problems started at the diagnostic level. According to a report published in March 2018 by a malpractice insurance provider, a third of the medical wrongdoing claims brought by patients between 2013 and 2017 were related to misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis cases.

Weeding out cases of cellulitis misdiagnosis

Doctors in Florida see many patients with skin inflammation and other symptoms of skin disorders. One skin infection, cellulitis, is common, but there is no reliable tool for diagnosing it. Because its symptoms are similar to those of other skin conditions, many cellulitis diagnoses are false. Now researchers have found that involving a dermatologist in the diagnosis of cellulitis at an early stage can catch misdiagnoses and prevent unnecessary treatment.

Avoiding the misdiagnosis of immunotherapy side effects

Immunotherapy is a developing form of cancer treatment, the purpose of which is to enable the body's immune system to fight off cancer cells on its own. While its side effects are milder than those of chemotherapy, its effectiveness seems to be limited. A small percentage of immunotherapy patients in Florida and across the U.S. even wind up suffering from severe health conditions.