Alzheimer’s Diagnoses May Be Right Only Half The Time

Posted On : October 25, 2014,   Time : 4:32 pm

“Dementia” is one of the most feared words to come out of a doctor’s mouth. It can mean Alzheimer’s disease or some other loss of cognitive functioning that can devastate you or a loved one. But what if you or that loved one is actually suffering from a far less serious affliction? According to the New York Times, that can happen with regularity. There are a variety of disorders that mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer’s but is often far more treatable. “It probably happens more often than people realize,” said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., a neuroscientist at Duke University Medical Center. According to Dr. Doraiswamy, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis may be accurate only 50 percent of the time. Among the conditions that can present symptom

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Does The Need For Medical Perfection Drive Unnecessary Care?

Posted On : October 25, 2014,   Time : 4:24 pm

The need for medical perfection and certainty may drive many doctors to recommend excessive and unnecessary services, tests and treatments, according to a new examination of the issue in the British Medical Journal. According to the study, which is written by two UCLA physicians, “the medical culture of shame and blame, which can lead practitioners to deny and hide errors...has been a fundamental part of Western medical training for generations. It has also fed the pretension that modern medicine is based on perfected science, which in turn implies that any error, and indeed any adverse outcome, represents unacceptable failure. This pretension has also been sold to the public.”

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Breast Cancer: Time To Be More Aware Of Your Treatment Options

Posted On : October 20, 2014,   Time : 12:31 pm

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the attention that has been focused on the disease has been a resounding success. According to the National Cancer Institute, the cure rate for breast cancer caught in its early stages is nearly 100 percent. With the traditional treatments for breast cancer affirmed, focus has begun to shift to other elements of the disease: Are the recommended therapies for breast cancer patients always necessary? Should there be more focus on which patients are more likely to have a recurrence of the disease? Last week represented a significant breakthrough for breast cancer treatment as Medicare approved a new test that will make it easier for patients to determine their course of treatment movin

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Four Times When You Should Question Your Doctor’s Diagnosis

Posted On : October 18, 2014,   Time : 10:30 am

Questioning your doctor about their medical advice can be difficult or awkward, but there are definitely times when you should do so. According to Yahoo Health, there are four instances when you should ask questions about the advice dispensed by your physician. They include: When you’re advised to undergo an imaging exam. MRIs and other forms of imaging are among the most overutilized services in healthcare, with as many as half of them being medically unnecessary. They can also be quite expensive, costing $1,000 or more. And while the exposure to radiation is minimal, no radiation exposure at all is ideal. Moreover, an unnecessary imaging exam can lead to more unnecessary medical care. When you’re given a life-altering di

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Was The Dallas Ebola Patient Misdiagnosed?

Posted On : October 15, 2014,   Time : 11:05 am

Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who died of the Ebola at a Dallas hospital last week, was sent home from the emergency room of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after being diagnosed with a 103-degree fever, the New York Times reported. Duncan, who had contracted the virus while in Liberia and was making his first visit to the U.S. to see relatives, was diagnosed as being in stable condition when he visited the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital's emergency room on Sept. 25. He was sent home with an antibiotics prescription – useless against a viral disease such as Ebola – and told to take Tylenol. Duncan was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 28 after his condition became much worse. He died from his Ebola infection on Oct. 8. As a result of the misdiagnosis, a hospital spokesperson told the New York Times that Texas Health Presbyterian “made changes to our intake process as well as other procedures to better screen for all critical indicators of Ebola virus.

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