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An accurate diagnosis can be elusive for women

When female patients are evaluated for heart disease, they face a 50 percent possibility of being misdiagnosed; when they are admitted to the emergency room with stroke symptoms, they are 30 percent more likely to be misdiagnosed than male patients. In the case of diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis, women often have to get five medical opinions over more than four years before they can get an accurate diagnosis.

Study shows advance in pancreatic cancer treatment

Pancreatic cancer is a notoriously difficult-to-treat condition for patients in Kentucky and across the United States. Because the cancer is so rarely diagnosed at an early stage, there is often little opportunity to treat it with surgery before it spreads to surrounding organs. However, a recent discovery presented at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference has highlighted a potential for increased survival for some pancreatic cancer patients.

Chemo may be unnecessary for some breast cancer patients

A promising study indicates that many Kentucky women diagnosed with breast cancer may not need to undergo chemotherapy in order to prevent a cancer recurrence in the future. For around 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with one common form of breast cancer in an early stage, hormone therapy can be sufficient to fully treat their cancer. The study, presented to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, emphasizes the use of a 21-gene expression test.

Study finds AMD being misdiagnosed

Up to 25 percent of age-related macular degeneration cases may have been missed by eye care professionals according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. This condition largely impacts Kentucky residents and other Americans who are age 50 and older. Those who have it could lose their vision permanently. To obtain the data for the survey, researchers from the University of Alabama took a second look at 664 patients who had an average age of 69.

Exagen promotes lupus awareness month by offering AVISE test

Every year, May is Lupus Awareness Month across Kentucky and the rest of the country. Despite the severity of the disease, recent polling shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans are not familiar with the disease. This is unusual given 5 million people have lupus worldwide.

Diagnosis errors the top cause of medical malpractice claims

Kentucky readers may be concerned to learn that diagnostic errors are the top cause of medical malpractice claims in the United States. A recent study was conducted by Coverys, a Boston-based medical liability insurer.

Study shows data entry software could limit medical errors

According to recently published research, data entry software can not only can save medical facilities millions but also significantly limit ultrasound and dual-energy X-ray (DEXA) radiology reporting errors. For Kentucky patients, this could be the difference between accurate and inaccurate medical records.

Cellulitis: what it is, and how to avoid its misdiagnosis

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection affecting the skin and tissue; it often develops on the face, neck, and lower leg. Its symptoms, which include red, swollen skin that's warm to the touch, are common to other conditions and are especially similar to pseudocellulitis. This frequently leads to misdiagnoses of cellulitis. Those in Kentucky who have suffered from this condition should know about a new study that's aiming for more accurate diagnoses.

Flesh-eating bacteria and flu misdiagnosis

During flu season in Kentucky, many people visit their doctors to report symptoms such as fever, aches, chills, coughing and congestion. In some cases, flu-like symptoms can signify the presence of flesh-eating bacteria, a condition known as necrotizing fasciitis. The condition destroys a person's skin and soft tissue and can require surgical removal of the affected parts of the body to save the patient's life.

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