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June 2017 Archives

Failure to diagnose tick-borne illness could lead to death

The failure to timely diagnose a tick-borne illness may lead to severe injuries or even death. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a tick-borne illness caused by the Rickettsia rickettsia bacteria, and cases have been found in Pennsylvania and throughout North and South America.

CDC report highlights Lyme disease misdiagnoses

Pennsylvania residents may be interested in the findings of a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC report points out that Lyme disease is being erroneously diagnosed in a large number of cases and highlights the dangers associated with these misdiagnoses. In some cases, patients who have been misdiagnosed with Lyme disease have undergone long-term intensive courses of treatment that ultimately proved injurious or even fatal.

Diabetes drug may cause rare side effect

People in Pennsylvania who take a kind of drug known as an SGLT2 inhibitor for type 2 diabetes may have twice as much likelihood of developing a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis than people who take a different class of inhibitors. However, researchers say that the condition is still very rare and that the possibility of this side effect is low enough that it should not stop people from taking SGLT2 inhibitors. Around 1 in 1,000 people who take the inhibitors will suffer from the condition.

Study looks at reason for TBI differences by sex

Pennsylvania women who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be more likely to have depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder afterward than men. Researchers have not known why this is the case, but a study funded by the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has an answer. The study has found that the key may be a pathway in the brain that is disrupted in women.

Mild TBI and symptoms after six months

Some people in Pennsylvania who have sustained mild traumatic brain injuries may still suffer symptoms six months later. A recent study looked at 1,151 patients with mild traumatic brain injury, approximately 60 percent of whom were hospitalized. Studies of this kind usually don't separate patients by whether or not they were hospitalized, but those who were have usually suffered more serious injuries. Follow-up protocols differ for patients who were hospitalized. These individuals are advised to return for follow-up appointments. However, those who weren't admitted to the hospital are usually told they do not need to return for outpatient care unless they have ongoing issues.

Understanding strokes

Pennsylvania residents should be aware that, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 130,000 people in the United States killed by strokes each year. This means that strokes are responsible for 1 out of every 20 deaths in the nation annually.