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October 2015 Archives

ACS comes out with new breast cancer screening guidelines

Medical practices and guidelines, as readers know, continually change as we continue to increase our knowledge and improve outcomes for medical treatment. This is especially the case in the area of cancer treatment. Earlier this month, for example, the American Cancer Society released new guidelines for the screening of breast cancer which increase the recommended age for women to start having mammograms.                 

You will be misdiagnosed at least once in your life, report warns

According to a report recently issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a division of the independent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, most U.S. patients will suffer at least one misdiagnosis error during their lifetime - often with deadly results.

Research examines odd links between brain injuries, sugary diet

Traumatic brain injury can be associated with many different types of injuries. TBI is often a problem for people who suffer head injuries in car accidents. It can also develop as the result of medical malpractice, after a medical error causes a decrease of oxygen to the brain. Many people have read about recent controversies over the prevalence of TBI among football players. Just recently, a study suggested a link between TBI and high-caffeine energy drinks. Now, a new study suggests a connection between TBI and high-fructose corn syrup.

New research tries to reduce non-technical surgical errors

Surgical procedures and potential surgical errors in Newton are often considered to have something to do with a careless surgeon and other technical mistakes. However, greater attention is being paid to other factors that can lead to mistakes during surgical procedures. According to research, as many as 12 percent of patients in hospitals are victimized by what is known as an "adverse event." Approximately half of those occur in surgery.