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Failure to diagnose is an ongoing problem, study shows

Patients in Newton trust their doctors to give them a correct diagnosis when they go for treatment. However, as a new report indicates, the majority of people across the United States will receive an incorrect diagnosis in their lifetimes. The sheer number is impossible to know, but there are steps recommended to remedy this ongoing issue.

Study shows danger of delayed treatment of lung cancer

For Newton patients who are diagnosed with cancer, there will undoubtedly be a sense of fear and trepidation that they are facing such a deadly disease regardless of the kind of cancer it is. However, coping with such an illness may be made easier with the knowledge that there is a treatment plan for it and it can be dealt with. Nevertheless, even if there was not a failure to diagnose cancer and the patient received an accurate diagnosis, other issues might arise that can cause a spread of disease, worsened condition and death.

New study for brain injury in football players causes concern

With the football season in full swing, fans and players in Newton and across the country are enthusiastic about watching and participating in the sport. That, however, doesn't assuage the dangers that are inherent and are becoming a growing concern for those who play or have played it. The risk for injury in any contact sport is inherent, but it is greater in tackle football due to its violent nature. Studies are moving forward on players present and past to determine how widespread the issue of head injury and the resulting brain damage can be.

Placenta previa and how it affects the delivery process

Expectant Newton parents are simultaneously excited and worried about the upcoming birth of a child. While in the back of their minds, most parents will account for the possibility that there might be something wrong with the newborn at birth, it is generally believed that medical professionals will be able to catch most issues and deal with them. That, unfortunately, is not always the case. One possible problem is called placenta previa.

The Glasgow coma scale and a traumatic brain injury

If a Newton resident suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the initial concern for the family is whether or not he or she will survive. Another concerning factor is how severe the injury is. When the injured person is treated, there will be various tests done to see how serious the damage might be. One method that is used is the Glasgow coma scale. Understanding this scale and how it is used to assess a patient is important when the decisions as to treatment and rehabilitation are made.

Study into failure to diagnose and misdiagnoses seeks solutions

For patients in Newton who are confronted with a mistaken diagnosis or a failure to diagnose, there can be many negative implications. The problem of misdiagnosis is often pushed off to the side. The reality is that between 5 and 15 percent of medical diagnoses turn out to be wrong. However, not much is being done to deal with it, because it's difficult to know exactly how many cases of misdiagnoses there are and what to do about it.

Surgical errors in using dirty equipment put children at risk

Undergoing surgery in Newton and anywhere else throughout the country is always a dangerous situation, even if it is deemed to be a minor procedure. There are many things that can go wrong for a multitude of reasons. Some of the most egregious surgical errors include the improper use of medical equipment, a negligent operating room staff and surgeon malpractice. What is even more worrisome is when the surgery is performed on a child and these mistakes are made. If this happens, those who have been affected need to understand what to do to pursue compensation.

What are the symptoms of amnesia?

Residents of Newton who have suffered a head injury might not realize that they are at risk for a traumatic brain injury and its consequences. One of those potential consequences is amnesia. While the idea of amnesia might seem to be something out of a televised docudrama or even a comedy, it is in fact a real issue that those who have had a head injury might have to face. Knowing its symptoms can provide insight as to what to look for and give an idea of how to move forward in treating it.

Traumatic brain injury and ADHD might be connected

Some well-known problems that can stem from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) include a person who is severely hurt, has brain damage, requires constant care and is unable to function on his or her own. When a person in Newton has a TBI, there are often other problems that might not seem as severe, but can cause them to have functional issues even after they have supposedly recovered. One that is being studied is attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Research shows that there may be a connection between a traumatic brain injury and ADHD.

VA reduces investigations of surgical errors and other mistakes

When a person in Newton needs medical care, one of the most important factors dictating how the treatment will proceed is having a correct diagnosis. This is especially true when it comes to treating veterans. Veterans' care is often left up to the Department of Veterans Affairs and administered at VA hospitals. It is bad enough when there are surgical errors and other mistakes, but if there is a diminished attempt to discover the causes, it can cause more damage not just to the victims, but also to others in the future. This can lead to a patient experiencing a worsened condition and suffering a serious injury.