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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.

Medical AI and responsibility for misdiagnoses

The field of artificial intelligence has made impressive strides in the medical field, especially as a diagnostic aid. The advancing technology, however, creates difficult legal questions about liability if the machine makes a mistake. Currently, a Pennsylvania physician who harms a patient because of a misdiagnosis would potentially be liable for damages. In the future, blaming a machine for a medical mistake would introduce the problem of assigning liability.

How telemedicine can help patients

Pennsylvania residents usually believe that their doctors are most often correct. However, getting a second opinion during a virtual meeting with a physician may reduce the odds of a misdiagnosis. Using the internet to meet with a doctor or specialist may be ideal because a patient doesn't have to travel. Instead, the meeting can be held securely and privately in a patient's home.

Preventing melanoma

According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is responsible for just about 1 percent of skin cancer cases, but it accounts for a substantial number of skin cancer fatalities. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and Pennsylvania residents have the opportunity to learn more about the risks associated with sun exposure and sunburns.

Doctors may be better able to identify renal disease

Chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease are two common complications associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These are both serious conditions, and doctors in Pennsylvania and around the country have not always been able to easily identify patients with these conditions using standard methods.

The rise in double mastectomies for unilateral breast cancer

Women who have breast cancer often have to decide whether to undergo a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. According to a published study, despite the fact that they were diagnosed with early-stage cancer in one breast, an increasing number of younger women in Pennsylvania and around the country are choosing to undergo double mastectomies.

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.