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How to avoid medication errors at the pharmacy

Pharmacists in New Jersey work hard to ensure that patients receive the correct medications. Through safety software and personal oversight, pharmacists watch for potential drug interactions and make themselves available to answer questions. Despite their diligence and safety protocols, however, people sometimes receive the wrong medications. One study estimated that about 21 percent of medication errors happen at the pharmacy. Patients can play a role in preventing mistakes by keeping their pharmacists well informed.

They can start by telling the pharmacy about their allergies. The tracking software at the pharmacy will use that information to alert pharmacists to potential problems. People should also make sure that their pharmacies have the correct spelling for their names as well as correct birth and address information. This identifying information could stop mixups with people with similar names.

Ovarian cancer misdiagnoses and facts

Ovarian cancer is sometimes referred to as a silent killer because many women are initially misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late. The symptoms of the disease in the early stages can be confused with the symptoms of less serious conditions by doctors and other health care professionals. People in New Jersey might gain from learning a few facts about ovarian cancer.

First, every woman is at some risk of developing ovarian cancer. One in 75 actually will, and those with a history of cancer are at an increased risk. There are lifestyle choices that may lower the risk. They include giving birth; using birth control; and implementing a low-fat, healthy diet. Tubal ligation operations and preventative ovary removal surgeries also lower the risk.

RED program's realistic elements may boost drivers ed for teens

New Jersey residents with fears about their teenage children's driving habits will want to know about a study from Baylor University. Researchers there focused on a supplemental drivers' education program called the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program, and they found that its interactive, reality-based elements could help increase teens' risk awareness.

The study focused on 21 teen participants of a one-day, six-hour program. Most were either referred to it by a school administrator or court for disciplinary action, or they were enrolled by their parents. Based on a questionnaire that they filled out before the program, calling or texting behind the wheel was the most common form of risky driving behavior that they engaged in.

Potential for misdiagnosis with prostate cancer imaging tool

When New Jersey men develop prostate disease, their physicians will determine appropriate treatments based on the stage and progression of the cancer. A commonly-employed medical imagining tool is called the prostate-specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography. Although PSMA PET is very useful for measuring the stages of prostate cancer and metastases, researchers have identified shortcomings with the imaging procedure that could lead to a misdiagnosis.

The imaging targets the PSMA enzyme because it is strongly associated with the presence of prostate cancer cells. Problems arise when only using the PSMA PET because a high level of PSMA sometimes appears in benign cells. If a physician relies only on the results of PSMA PET, then an incorrect diagnosis of lymph node metastases could occur. When a physician wrongly believes that lymph node metastases are present, unnecessary changes in medical treatments could take place.

Which cancers are the most often not caught/diagnosed?

It is hard to think about doctors making mistakes or missing diagnoses that may be detectable. However, it does happen. One of the diseases with the highest percentage of delayed or missed diagnoses is cancer.

Unfortunately, cancer claims the lives of many. The National Cancer Institute estimates that over 600,000 individuals will die from cancer in 2018. Cancer can seem the most devastating, because survival tends to rest on catching the symptoms before it is too late or using very aggressive forms of treatment. When a doctor misses the signs of cancer, the consequences can be devastating.

Malpractice cases involving durotomy: an overview

Incidental durotomy is a condition that anyone in New Jersey planning to undergo spinal surgery should learn about. It refers to the small tears that surgeons can unintentionally cause on the dura mater, the tough outer membrane of the spinal cord. These tears can usually be recognized and repaired during the surgery, leading to no long-term effects. However, if they remain unrecognized or reopen after surgery, complications will ensue.

A durotomy can form the basis for a medical malpractice claim. However, a study published in the journal Spine has shown that of the 48 cases of incidental durotomy that it analyzed, most ended in a ruling in favor of the surgeon. The patients' allegations included belated or improper treatments, delayed diagnoses and the need for additional surgery.

How drivers can safely share the road with school buses

When the school season starts in New Jersey, residents need to be more careful behind the wheel. Children can dart out into the street, and not always at a crosswalk; school buses will become a fixture on the roads; and school zones will require drivers to slow down. With the following tips, safety-minded drivers will be able to reduce their chances of an accident.

First of all, it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus on an undivided highway. Once the bus turns on its red lights and extends its stop arm, drivers are to stop. If the bus turns on its yellow lights, drivers must slow down. A good habit is to slow down whenever a school bus is near. Drivers should keep at least a 10-foot safety zone around the bus when children are getting on or off it.

How is paranasal cancer detected?

When people in New Jersey visit the doctor for ongoing health issues, they want to be able to trust in the physician's ability to provide an accurate diagnosis. When an incorrect diagnosis is made, valuable treatment time can be lost, and people can receive inappropriate medicines or other proposed solutions. If a progressive disease like cancer is involved, patients may even lose their lives due to a failure to diagnose the malignancy.

The risk of misdiagnosis may be particularly great with cancer, like that of the paranasal sinuses. The symptoms of paranasal cancer are similar to those of a number of less devastating illnesses and can include a stuffy nose, eye pain, post-nasal drip, nosebleeds or watery eyes. When a patient goes to the doctor, he or she will ask questions about the illness and check the nose and sinuses. The doctor should also check for pain, swelling and other symptoms in the face as well as nearby lymph nodes in the neck. A physician also can use a nasal endoscope in order to see inside the nasal passages.

Careful drivers may be able to avoid car accidents

New Jersey motorists know that the roads are rife with unsafe drivers. However, there are many ways to prevent car accidents from occurring. By following a few tips, it's possible to avoid being one of the aforementioned unsafe motorists.

First of all, one shouldn't drive while distracted. This means no using cell phones to talk or text, not eating or applying make-up, reading or reaching into the backseat for something. In addition, motorists should concentrate on driving and the road ahead. Not paying attention for even a second could result in a motor vehicle accident.

Is the medical industry promoting drowsy doctors?

Medical school and rotations proved exhausting. Yet when you enter your career, you find that working excessive hours does not stop. You doze off and begin sneaking naps in break rooms. You are passionate about your career and do not want to seem weak, but you worry that your drowsiness will hurt with your performance as a life-saving medical professional.

Though some laws protect against excessive working in medical hospitals in New Jersey, you may wish to take personal steps to ensuring that you are awake enough to make accurate considerations about your patient. Avoiding a medical malpractice lawsuit is essential for the safety of both your patients and your career.

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