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June 2018 Archives

Most dangerous cancers in women

Health and wellness are a top priority for many. That said, there are many different illnesses and diseases present in your everyday life. It can be hard to keep track of all the different ailments you can suffer but it is important to be aware of them so you can discover symptoms early.

Study advances treatment of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer can be one of the most difficult cancers to treat and survive for people in New Jersey and across the country. One study found some improved hope in a four-drug combination, and researchers noted that it could improve survival substantially when compared to a one-drug regimen. The survey applied to people with pancreatic cancer that had not spread to other regions of the body.

New study finds AMD prone to misdiagnosis

Age-related macular degeneration is the number one cause of irreversible vision loss among people 50 and older in New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. This incurable eye condition is most frequently found in females, those over the age of 60 and farsighted individuals. A history of sunlight exposure as well as genetic factors can also increase the risk.

Vision surgery can have devastating consequences

When people in New Jersey consider LASIK eye surgery, they may simply want to improve their vision and be free of the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, refractive surgery can have serious, negative impacts on many patients as well, and it can be difficult to learn about the potential risks when the procedure is heavily advertised and promoted by doctors and medical offices. The skill of the doctor performing the surgery and the quality of the medical equipment used can also have a major impact on positive and negative outcomes from a LASIK procedure.

Bill Paxton's family sues Cedars-Sinai, surgeon over his death

When New Jersey residents undergo surgery, they trust that their doctors have explained all the risks involved in the procedure. However, that isn't always the case. For example, the family of late actor Bill Paxton is suing both his surgeon and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for failing to tell him enough information about the heart surgery that led to his death in 2017.

Study provides more evidence of seat belt safety benefits

New Jersey has a seat belt law that applies to drivers and both front and rear seat passengers. Because it is a primary law, police officers in the Garden State can pull vehicles over and ticket their occupants for violating it. Advocacy groups have urged lawmakers in other states to enact similar legislation, and these calls are backed up by a growing body of evidence about the road safety benefits of seat belt use. The results of another study dealing with this issue have been published online by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Mobile health app and improved diagnosing

Doctors in New Jersey have many tools, including mobile health applications, they can use to help test and diagnose patients. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Baylor College of Medicine have explored whether using one particular app, the PTT Advisor created by the CDC, can enhance testing and diagnostic decisions regarding bleeding and coagulation disorders.

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