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.
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.
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.
Even with advanced medical technology, misdiagnosis happens all the time. When it comes to breast cancer, a misdiagnosis can delay life-saving treatment and negatively impact a patient's prognosis. Being aware of common conditions that mimic breast cancer can help patients get proper medical treatment while also offering some peace of mind. For instance, a fibroadenoma is a type of non-cancerous tumor that feels similar to breast cancer. BreastCancer.org offers the following information.
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police are investigating a total of 46 claims of patient abuse and neglect at a Georgia psychiatric hospital, one week after Channel 2 Action News first reported the complaints.
A report evaluating five years of radiology-related medical professional liability claims was released this week finding that 80 percent of all diagnosis-related claims stem from the misinterpretation of clinical tests. Additionally, 80 percent of missed diagnosis claims in radiology result in either permanent injury or death. Read the full article here.
OB-GYNs are there to assist women with common health issues during every stage of their lives. That's why it's so important to choose a doctor that continually offers quality care. Poor care is frustrating, but it can also lead to a missed diagnosis or a lack of follow-up, both of which can greatly harm a patient. That's why Prevention recommends looking for the following signs, which should trigger a search for a new doctor as soon as possible.
Most people prefer to stick with their family doctor for as long as possible. After all, this person likely knows your medical history inside and out, and you probably feel extremely comfortable in his or her presence after so many years. However, it makes sense to change doctors if you feel as though the care you're being afforded is less than satisfactory. In this case, Men's Health recommends looking for the following red flags, which usually mean that it's time to see another medical professional.
A jury awarded Brenda Lundeen of Overland Park $2 million for pain and suffering, but Kansas' medical malpractice cap knocked that down to $250,000. Now the cap has been ruled unconstitutional. Read the full story.