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April 2019 Archives

Glioblastoma: a deadly brain cancer

For many people in California, glioblastoma is a particularly frightening diagnosis. It is the most deadly form of brain cancer, known for its aggressiveness. Each year, there are around 240,000 cases of brain or nervous system tumors found by doctors. Prominent individuals, including Ted Kennedy, John McCain, and Beau Biden have died from this cancer, as even excellent medical treatment often fails to significantly extend a patient's life.

Study: many are misdiagnosed with MS

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center in Los Angeles have published a study showing that many patients are being misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They reviewed the referrals of 241 patients to two MS clinics, one at Cedars-Sinai and one at UCLA. In all, 17 percent of patients at the Cedars-Sinai clinic and 19 percent at the UCLA clinic had been incorrectly diagnosed.

One-third of medical staff cross-contaminate bacteria

Some healthcare workers in California and elsewhere could be incorrectly removing personal protective garments and accidentally contaminating their clothing and other items with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. A new study showing this was published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

3 common types of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice situations are becoming more common every day. Many Californians are putting off their health care needs out of fear and miseducation of ending up as victims of medical malpractice. The very professionals who trained for many years and took an oath to protect patient health do not always measure up. Instead, their patients end up suffering grievous and sometimes fatal injury from their negligence.

Approximately 30 percent of cellulitis cases misdiagnosed

A professor of dermatology speaking at Hospital Medicine 2019 revealed that cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, is being frequently misdiagnosed. More specifically, California residents should know that approximately 30 percent of presumed cases of cellulitis are misdiagnosed because hospitals do not have one single standard for diagnosing the condition. The condition is behind many cases of hospital admission and, what's more, of 30-day re-admissions.

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