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Peripheral artery disease: what it is, how to diagnose it

Peripheral artery disease may not be well-known, but it affects about 5% of people over the age of 50 in T,exas and across the U.S. That comes to between 8 and 12 million people. If left untreated, it can lead to a heart attack, a stroke or the need for a foot or leg amputation.

Diagnosis and misdiagnosis of testicular cancer

Many Texas men may be concerned about the dangers posed by testicular cancer. Like other forms of cancer, it is a progressive disease. It can become worse and spread throughout the body, making treatment more difficult, when a diagnosis is delayed or missed. In most cases, people become aware of it when they find a painless, hardened lump inside the testicle. Some men may conduct testicular self-exams on a regular basis in order to detect lumps and other changes. Like other types of lumps found throughout the body, most are not malignant. However, in order to ensure that any testicular tumor is benign, a medical examination is necessary.

Misdiagnosis may put patients at risk

In Texas and across the country, medical misdiagnosis may be a largely unrecognized crisis. Every year, roughly 12 million people are affected by some kind of medical diagnostic error. While many of these situations are quickly resolved and do little long-term harm, other cases are much more serious. Up to 80,000 Americans could be losing their lives annually due to worsened health conditions and other complications caused by mistaken diagnoses. Patients may receive incorrect treatment, causing dangerous side effects, or they may not receive treatment for their illness, resulting in worsened symptoms.

Overcrowding in ERs puts patients at risk for errors and delays

More and more people in Texas and across the U.S. are visiting the emergency room for primary care. In 2015, the U.S. saw a 10-year high in the number of ER visits, and in 2016, the number of such visits exceeded 145 million. At the same time, overcrowding in ERs has become a serious threat to all those who go to them.

New technology may help in early PD, MSA diagnosis

Texas residents battling neurodegenerative disorders may be interested in new technology that could help doctors distinguish better between two progressive forms of the disease. Both Parkinson's disease and multiple system atrophy (MSA) present similar early symptoms, but they require different treatments. The technology will help patients with neurodegenerative disorders get the treatment they need in a shorter period of time.

How technology may help prevent medical errors

Although it has been 20 years since a shocking government report about the frequency of medical errors revealed how common they were, they continue to happen. That report attributed around 98,000 annual deaths to medical errors. Studies since then have found the number to be even higher. Patients in Texas and throughout the country may also be permanently disabled as a result of medical errors.

Misdiagnosis linked to up to 80,000 deaths each year

As many as 80,000 people die in Texas and around the country each year and up to 160,000 more suffer harm because of a missed or late health care diagnosis. This was the conclusion reached by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine after they studied 11,000 medical malpractice cases. The results of the study were published online in July 2019 in the medical journal Diagnosis.

A common women's health problem that is not well-known

Texas residents are familiar with some common conditions that affect a woman's reproductive system, including polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis. However, few people have heard about adenomyosis, which is also referred to as endometriosis of the uterus muscle.

Military members and the new right to file malpractice claims

A previous post discussed a new federal law that was awaiting the President's signature. Now that the law has been signed, active service members who receive treatment at military facilities will be able to file medical malpractice claims against those facilities in certain circumstances.

Military members will likely be able to sue for malpractice

Although it hasn't attracted much national attention, a measure provision that is now awaiting the President's signature could allow, for the first time in decades, active duty military members in Texas and across the nation to sue military doctors for medical malpractice.

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