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Fat-shaming by doctors

Many Pennsylvanians who struggle with their weight may face fat-shaming. Unfortunately, this negative behavior often occurs in doctors' offices. This type of biased treatment may have harmful effects on their mental and physical well-being.

Doctors could be measuring blood pressure improperly

Pennsylvania patients who regularly have their blood pressure checked with a manual device may be at risk for a high blood pressure misdiagnosis. If patients are prescribed medication after being misdiagnosed, they may suffer from side effects without getting any benefits.

Cancer diagnoses trigger strong emotions in people

Cancer in its many forms touches the lives of many Pennsylvanians either through direct experience or relationships with people who have the disease. The news that U.S. Senator John McCain has brain cancer prompted one writer to reflect upon how the disease altered her perspective on life.

Study shows prostate cancer surgery unnecessary for most men

For Pennsylvania men with early-stage prostate cancer, surgery often offers little benefit if any at all, according to results of a long-term study. In fact, these procedures have often caused major complications and worsened medical conditions with side effects like infection, erectile dysfunction or urinary incontinence.

Biomarkers could be used to diagnose endometriosis

Pennsylvania residents who have been diagnosed with endometriosis may be interested to learn that doctors could potentially identify and use biomarkers to make early diagnoses and potentially even prescribe a treatment for the disease. Two of the possible biomarkers were identified as CA-125 and miRNAs.

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.

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.