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March 2017 Archives

Breast implants and cancer

Pennsylvania women may be interested to know that according to the Food and Drug Administration, nine people have died as a result of a cancer linked to breast implants. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is an extremely rare form of a slow-growing cancer that targets the cell in the immune system and can be located in the skin or lymph nodes near a breast implant. It is not a type of breast cancer and may be treated effectively if it is detected early enough.

Common misdiagnoses of chronic digestive ailments

Pennsylvania residents who suffer from chronic digestive ailments may be interested to know that there are several conditions that can be misdiagnosed by medical professionals. The signs and symptoms that the conditions cause can be mistaken for those related to other grave ailments.

Facts about the deadly condition known as sepsis

Pennsylvania residents who have heard of sepsis may know that it is a life-threatening condition, so it is important that people who think they have it seek medical attention immediately. Sepsis occurs whenever the body is trying to fight off an infection, and if it progresses, it can cause tissue damage and organ failure, which can lead to death. Therefore, early detection and prevention is vital.

Study reveals issues with baby products

Pennsylvania parents may have heard about a study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital and published in the journal Pediatrics. It found that one child under the age of 3 was injured every eight minutes on average by a nursery product. That equates to more than 66,000 emergency room visits each year during the study period from January 1991 to December 2011. The study also found that such injuries increased by 25 percent during the last eight years of that period.

Diagnosing heart defects in children

Congenital heart defects in children might be detected during pregnancy or just after birth, but if they are mild, they may not be detected until later. There are a number of tests that might detect a congenital heart defect. An echocardiography uses soundwaves and may detect a heart defect in a fetus at 18 to 22 weeks of pregnancy. It can also be used to track the progress of a heart defect and help a Pennsylvania doctor decide what kind of treatment is appropriate.

Brain injuries will be in the spotlight during March

More than 5 million people around the country have been left disabled by traumatic brain injuries, and the challenges they face on a daily basis will be recognized in March during National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. The nation's emergency rooms treat about 2.2 million serious brain injuries each year, and head trauma accounts for almost a third of all U.S. injury deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Common reasons for misdiagnosis

Pennsylvania residents may understand that not every diagnosis made is a correct one. In some cases, the patient may be at least partially responsible for an incorrect diagnosis. For instance, a patient may try to determine what he or she has without consulting with a medical professional. He or she may also fail to report symptoms or fail to undergo ordered tests because of embarrassment.