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December 2016 Archives

Study shows that fewer patients die when their doctors are women

Hospital patients in Connecticut and across the country may wish to breathe a sigh of relief if their primary care physician is a woman according to a study published in a leading peer-reviewed medical journal. The research suggests that the lives of 32,000 Medicare patients could be saved each year if male doctors performed as well as their female counterparts. This is roughly equal to the annual death toll on America's roads. The results of the study were published online on Dec. 19 by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Study finds pancreatic cancer often misdiagnosed

Connecticut residents will probably be aware that an early diagnosis is crucial in cancer cases, and this is especially true when the cancer involved has a very low survivability rate. The survival rate for pancreatic cancer is below 10 percent, and a 2015 study indicates that about one in three people who develop the disease will be misdiagnosed. Researchers studied the cases of 313 patients who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and 98 of them were originally told that they were suffering from gallbladder disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcers or other conditions.

Many people may not actually be allergic to penicillin

Connecticut residents who have previously been diagnosed with a penicillin allergy may not have to still worry about having a negative reaction. This is especially true if the diagnosis was made when they were a child. It has been discovered that many people who believe they are allergic to penicillin have either outgrown the allergy or were misdiagnosed.

Back surgery failures lead to ongoing pain

Connecticut residents who are considering back surgery should understand the risks of the treatment before proceeding. Complications known as failed back surgery syndrome could leave a person with persistent pain in the same area or in new locations. Issues such as sharp and stabbing pains, restricted mobility and dependence on pain medications could result from back surgery failures.

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