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December 2016 Archives

Improving sleep cycles may help brain injuries heal faster

Pennsylvania drivers or passengers who become involved in a car accident are at risk for suffering a brain injury. Not only can a brain injury result in a lengthy hospital stay, but patients may become disabled or even lose their ability to function on their own. Researchers have set out to learn whether improving sleep patterns during recovery could help improve patients' functions.

Testicular mesothelioma and failures to diagnose

Some Pennsylvania residents whose work has involved working around asbestos unfortunately can develop mesothelioma. In about 70 percent of the cases, they have lung cancer as a result. Mesothelioma may also attack other areas of the body instead of the lungs, however. It may develop in the heart, abdomen or the testicles. Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest type of the disease with about 100 known cases.

Driving while tired can be dangerous in Pennsylvania

Not getting enough sleep has been associated with weight gain and depression, but research also indicates that a lack of shut-eye seriously increases a driver's risk of being involved in a car accident. It is estimated that about 20 percent of crashes in the United States are associated with a motorist not getting enough rest. Recent research, based on data obtained from the NHTSA's National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, demonstrates that not getting at least seven hours of sleep a night can increase your risk of an accident.

Many people may be misdiagnosed with penicillin allergy

Some Pennsylvania residents who have been told they are allergic to penicillin may actually not be. A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's annual meeting found that up to 90 percent of people diagnosed with an allergy to the drug might be misdiagnosed. This means that as many as 50 million Americans might believe they have an allergy to penicillin when they do not.

Overview of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Pennsylvania doctors sometimes recommend spinal surgery for back, leg, neck or arm pain. However, a patient who was not a good candidate for it may continue to have pain after surgery. This can also happen when the procedure is performed incorrectly. Patients that experience persistent or new pain after spinal surgery often suffer from what is called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, or FBSS.