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Watch out for peripheral artery disease

People in Georgia might experience the signs and symptoms of peripheral artery disease although they may be unaware of the problem. According to vascular surgeons, up to 8 to 12 million people nationwide may suffer from this condition, or around 5% of all Americans over 50. Peripheral artery disease is linked to atherosclerosis, or fatty buildup inside the arteries. This leads to hardened, narrowed arteries, making it more difficult for blood to travel to and from the heart. Eventually, the disease may cut off blood flow altogether, researchers say.

Study posits link between phone use and nurses' medication errors

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics has analyzed the possible link between distracted behavior in nurses and the rate of error. Georgia residents can probably see how distractions in the medical field can lead to serious problems, even injuries and death.

Avoiding medication errors in 5 simple steps

A third of adults in Georgia and across the U.S. simultaneously take five or more medications at least once a week, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. This translates to a high risk for medication errors as some drug combinations can create adverse effects. Adverse drug events are known to cause injuries and sometimes death. Below are five tips that medical professionals give to minimize risks.

Misdiagnoses can be dangerous

Every year, many Georgia residents are misdiagnosed with medical conditions. While some of these mistakes may be relatively minor and quickly corrected, others may lead to severely worsened health or even death. Across the country, around 12 million people are affected by some type of medical diagnostic error every year, and up to 80,000 people lose their lives as a result of these mistakes. People may receive incorrect medications that cause serious side effects, especially if they do not have the disease in question. Other people may have their complaints of pain and discomfort brushed aside by medical professionals who do not take them seriously.

Cancer, infections and vascular diseases are often misdiagnosed

As many as 80,000 people in Georgia and around the country die each year and up to 160,000 suffer serious harm because their doctors failed to accurately diagnose their medical conditions. This was one of the worrying conclusions that researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore reached after studying more than 11,000 medical malpractice claims. In what they say is the first study of its kind, the research team sorted dozens of diagnostic codes into groups to identify the most common types of medical mistakes.

Misdiagnosis of heart attack is a problem for women

Women in Georgia may be at a greater risk of being misdiagnosed when they are having a heart attack or stroke. Researchers have found that there is a disparity between misdiagnoses in women and men. Some of the reasons for this disparity could be the way that women present symptoms and the focus of women's health care concerns.

WHO report details widespread medical errors in all care settings

Health care professionals in Georgia strive to provide quality care to patients, but they sometimes fall short. Whether people receive care from a primary doctor, outpatient clinic or a hospital, they could suffer a harmful medical error, according to a report from the World Health Organization.

UCLA study: old TBIs, not Alzheimer's, may cause memory loss

Not all memory loss is caused by Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that up to 40% of dementia cases are not due to Alzheimer's, and one study shows that some 21% of older adults with dementia are incorrectly diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Residents of Georgia may wonder if there's a way to prevent this confusion, and it just so happens that a new study from UCLA has lit upon one. According to a recent UCLA study, old TBIs, not Alzheimer's, may cause memory loss. 

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