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Medical errors could impact patient quality of life

A study of 644 patients who underwent a dilated eye exam revealed that roughly a quarter who were deemed healthy showed signs of a degenerative condition. This condition is called age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, and it typically impacts New Jersey residents and others who are 50 and older. The average age of the individuals in the study was 69. As the population gets older, there could be an increasing number of people impacted by AMD.

Diagnostic errors a common source of malpractice cases

People in New Jersey may worry about their health and well-being when they enter the hospital, but they usually assume that they will receive appropriate care during their stay. However, errors related to patient diagnosis are the most frequent reason for medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a report from a leading malpractice insurer. The report reviewed a total of 10,618 malpractice claims filed between 2013 and 2017 and found that a total of one-third of all claims related to diagnostic doctor errors, including a failure to diagnose a serious, progressive illness or a misdiagnosis with incorrect treatment.

When gallbladder surgery leads to bile duct injuries

Bile duct injuries occur in an estimated 1 percent of gallbladder operations. These injuries are caused by trauma during surgery, and they often lead to scarring and a narrowing of the bile duct, which is known as a bile duct stricture. Anyone in New Jersey who has undergone gallbladder surgery will want to be aware of the symptoms of such an injury and what can be done if he or she develops an issue.

Autoimmune disorders can be ripe for misdiagnosis

For people in New Jersey dealing with autoimmune disorders, the process of getting them diagnosed can seem like an endless investigation into an unsolvable puzzle. While attempting to determine the cause of painful, disruptive and damaging symptoms, doctors and other health care professionals may pursue and even provide treatment for a number of incorrect diagnoses along the way. In some cases, autoimmune diseases are incurable. However, proper treatment and remediation can make a significant difference in the quality and even the length of a patient's life.

Biopsy robot could aid New Jersey breast cancer diagnoses

Each year throughout the U.S., cancer surgeons perform around 1.7 million breast cancer biopsies. Biopsies are known for being time-consuming and are not always accurate, but a 3D-printed robot that's in its final development stage in the Netherlands could revolutionize how they are performed.

Analysis finds lack of infection control common in nursing homes

An analysis based on a review of inspection records over several years has found that nearly 75 percent of nursing homes have notable lapses in infection control procedures. These lapses involve many basic infection control methods, such as hand-washing and keeping contagious patients away from other residents. This is coupled with a growing concern over the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in healthcare facilities in New Jersey and throughout the United States.

Symptoms and risk factors of Erb's Palsy

During childbirth in New Jersey, newborns face a number of risks that could result in birth injuries. Some of these birth injuries are minor and temporary while others can have an impact on the infant for the rest of his or her life. Erb's Palsy, for example, has symptoms that could result in damaged nerves and a lifelong condition.

Reasons for delayed HIV diagnosis

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, patients may live with HIV for an extended period of time without being diagnosed with the condition. This may be true even for New Jersey residents and others who see their doctor. As of 2015, it took an average of three years to get diagnosed, but that is better than the three years and seven months it took to diagnose the condition in 2011.

Study shows third type of diabetes often misdiagnosed

New Jersey readers have likely heard of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, there is a third category of diabetes that is lesser known, and research shows that it may be prone to misdiagnosis by doctors. The study was recently published in the journal "Diabetes Care."

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