New Jersey parents may be shocked to learn that a common throat infection could be deadly to teenagers and young adults. Worse, it is commonly missed by doctors, who often only test for strep throat.
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."
New Jersey breast cancer patients may be interested to learn that although advances in medication and treatment have lowered the death rates of breast cancer in women, black women are still more likely to die from the disease than white women. In fact, a 2015 study showed that white women were 39 percent more likely to survive breast cancer than black women.
Tongue cancer is a disease that can occur to any New Jersey resident. It is an oral cancer that is created in the squamous cells that make up the surface of the tongue and affects the front two-thirds portion of the tongue. Cancer that develops in the back portion of the tongue, however, is classified as a head and neck cancer.
For New Jersey patients suffering from squamous cell skin cancer, one of the most important aspects of successful treatment is early detection. Squamous cell carcinoma has a very high cure rate with minimal damage when it is detected and removed.
New Jersey residents rely on their doctors to be honest, informative and accurate when giving them medical advice. But some psychologists believe that medical doctors may do harm if they cross the line from advising lifestyle changes to what could be classified as shaming their patients. At issue is fat shaming, which, according to research presented to the American Psychological Association, can damage patients mentally and physically and may be a form of malpractice.
New Jersey residents might be surprised to learn about how deadly medical mistakes are. Heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease were believed to be the top three leading causes of death in 2013, but a study from Johns Hopkins University reports that the third leading cause of death in 2013 was actually medical errors.
Some New Jersey residents may be among the 160,000 or so men who have been or will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. It has also been estimated that more than 26,000 will die from this form of cancer. Because the majority of those who are diagnosed are in the early stages, one common treatment has been surgery. However, a study showed that this treatment provided few benefits.
A failure to diagnose a condition can be one of the most devastating types of medical malpractice faced by New Jersey patients and their families. The time lost in treatment for some diseases can lead to irreparable harm in certain cases.
New Jersey Alzheimer's disease patients who also experience symptoms of psychosis are at a particula risk for misdiagnosis, a study suggests. People with Alzheimer's who experience symptoms like hallucinations and delusions are far more apt to be misdiagnosed as having Lewy body dementia.