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Nonprofits collaborate to improve diagnosis of endometriosis

Women in Maryland with endometriosis sometimes endure terrible pain. The discomfort also might linger for a long time without a proper diagnosis because this condition takes an average of 12 years to diagnose. To improve recognition and treatment of this disease, the Endometriosis Foundation of America has partnered with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Challenges in diagnosing various forms of arthritis

Maryland residents might notice increasing joint pain as they get older. Such ailments can often be attributed to osteoarthritis, a medical condition that's estimated to be a problem for approximately 70 percent of those over the age of 55. This form of arthritis is typically attributed to wear on the joints through use over time. However, it is important to consider other types of arthritis that can mirror the effects of OA. For some people, psoriatic arthritis could be the actual medical condition causing the aches and pains in question.

Woman slips into coma during plastic surgery

Maryland residents who are thinking about getting plastic surgery may want to investigate the doctor and facility ahead of time. Even cosmetic surgery can carry serious risks. In 2013, a Florida woman emerged from a coma two weeks after her blood pressure and heart rate dropped during a breast augmentation procedure. Three years later, she still can only stand for moments at a time and can speak just a few words.

Test could detect diabetes in hyperglycemic patients

Many patients in Maryland who have hyperglycemia, usually called high blood sugar, also have diabetes. However, people with diabetes may not be diagnosed with the disease until it has reached a dangerous stage. When people are diagnosed with new-onset diabetes, they could have a better outcome thanks to education and treatment that they receive early on.

Cancer diagnoses hampered by potential inaccuracies

Maryland patients may benefit from new technology that seeks to make up for inaccuracies in diagnostic processes. Although one in seven males suffer from prostate cancer, current techniques for diagnosing the disease commonly fail to catch it in time for effective treatment due to its lack of early symptoms. Annual prostate cancer screenings, often referred to as PSA tests, have also been known to result in false negatives in patients who actually have cancer.

Khatri test more accurately diagnoses tuberculosis

Maryland residents may not realize that tuberculosis is still a risk for many in the United States and around the world. In fact, the disease kills more than 1.5 million people every single year and it is estimated that one-third of the world's population is infected. However, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have developed a blood test that could diagnose the disease more accurately than traditional skin prick tests.

Researchers say some colon cancer patients need chemo

Some patients in Maryland who have been diagnosed with colon cancer might need chemotherapy in addition to surgery. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have conducted a study on colon cancer and found evidence that a genetic marker may be used to identify patients who need more aggressive treatment.

Doctors could be missing many cases of asthma

Maryland residents who are experiencing respiratory distress might have asthma, even if they have another diagnosis. Researchers from GlaxoSmithKline in Italy investigated the accuracy of respiratory diagnoses and found that asthma appeared to be missed by general practitioners for as many as one-third of patients who had been diagnosed with another respiratory disease.

Skin cancer and visual screenings

Maryland skin cancer patients should be aware that there is reason to doubt the effectiveness of current visual screening methods, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. On Dec. 1, 2015, the USPSTF released some of its findings on visual skin cancer screening in adults without any symptoms of skin cancer. The task force prioritized melanoma screening outcomes when it generated the report.

Signs that Maryland residents have pneumonia

Although anyone can develop pneumonia, the people who are most at risk are children, older adults and people with existing respiratory problems, such as asthma and COPD. Individuals who smoke, have recently undergone a surgery or have a compromised immune system may also be at greater risk. Pneumonia is commonly a complication of an existing infection, like the flu, but there are dozens of reasons that people may develop this condition.

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