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July 2016 Archives

Limiting doctors' hours could result in patient complications

Pennsylvania patients may not know that the American Council of Graduate Medical Education, the governing body for physicians who are in training, limits the amount of hours residents can be at the hospital. While it would make sense that reducing fatigue would reduce medical errors, it appears that the data from a 2012 study shows the opposite.

Surgical errors and disclosure

Many Pennsylvania residents will undergo surgery in their lifetimes. A survey involving surgeons at three hospitals run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that the majority of surgeons will report an adverse event when something goes wrong during a procedure. However, the study found that 55 percent would apologize to the patient or patient's family or discuss whether the error could have been prevented.

New drug may offer traumatic brain injury breakthrough

Pennsylvania residents could be surprised to learn that traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and debilitating disability for Americans under the age of 45. This type of injury can be difficult to diagnose and treatment options are limited, but University of Miami researchers have achieved impressive research using an enzyme inhibitor developed to treat brain-related conditions like schizophrenia and depression.

Medical science improving drug delivery for brain injuries

Every year, about 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries happen in the United States. Recent technological advances in brain injury therapies have produced promising results that might eventually help people in Pennsylvania who experience a damaging blow to the head. Although the initial brain damage cannot be repaired, the secondary problems that arise, such as inflammation and continued cell death, can be reduced with pharmaceuticals. Researchers are conducting preclinical tests of over 100 drugs.

Google AI technology put to the test by eye hospital

Eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration can be difficult to diagnose for physicians in Pennsylvania and around the country. This is concerning because diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among working adults and early detection may reduce severe visual loss by as much as 98 percent. The search engine giant Google feel that technology may be able to provide the answer, and artificial intelligence software developed by its British acquisition DeepMind Technologies is to be tried out by a leading London eye hospital.

Misdiagnosing arthritis

Many Pennsylvania residents suffer from arthritis. Osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis are both diseases that affect the joints and have many other similarities, which often makes it difficult to tell the difference between them. Osteoarthritis wears away the cartilage and worsens as the sufferer ages. Psoriatic arthritis affects the joints as well as the skin and often results in patches of red rashes with scaled texture. Both conditions can result in inflammation, but osteoarthritis is not effectively treated with anti-inflammatory drugs alone.