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Surgery not beneficial for early-stage prostate cancer patients

One common treatment for New York men who have been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer is surgery. However, a 20-year study provided evidence showing that this surgery not only did not prolong patients' lives, but it also often resulted in serious complications.

The study found that 61 percent of men who were given the prostate cancer surgery died as a result of other causes. Of those who did not have the surgery, 66 percent died of other causes. Of those who did die fromprostate cancer, 7 percent of the men had had prostate cancer surgery while 11 percent did not. Of those who were surgically treated for prostate cancer, 17 percent experienced incontinence while 15 percent experienced erectile dysfunction. Forty-five percent of the men developed other complications associated with prostate cancer surgery.

Endometriosis sufferers may benefit from biomarker research

New Yorkers who suffer from endometriosis may be interested in learning about an assessment conducted by researchers at Yale School of Medicine. This disease, which impacts as much as 10 percent of American women who are old enough to bear children, can cause worsening pelvic pain and debilitating menstrual cramps. Globally, endometriosis may be the cause of symptoms like infertility and pelvic pain in up to 50 percent of sufferers.

According to news reports, the findings discussed at the May 2017 World Congress on Endometriosis put forth the idea that tracking certain biomarkers could help doctors diagnose and treat endometriosis earlier. Since misdiagnosis is a huge problem that affects almost two-thirds of women with endometriosis, researchers believe that the study could be a critical turning point in managing the disease.

Teenage workers and workplace injuries

Many teenagers in New York and the rest of the nation will be seeking summertime jobs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that in 2015, 13 percent of the labor force, or 19.1 million workers, were under the age of 24. While working during the summer may seem like a good idea, both teenagers and their parents should know that teenagers may sustain workplace injuries.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, insufficient safety training, inadequate management and dangerous equipment are just some of the workplace hazards to which younger workers are exposed. In 2015, there were 403 people under the age of 24 who died as a result of injuries incurred on the job. From 1998 to 2007, on an annual basis, hospitals in the United States treated an average of 795,000 non-life threatening injuries sustained by younger workers.

How to spot Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a tick-borne illness spread by a bacterium called Rickettsia rickettsii. Experts say that the Brown Dog, American Dog and Rocky Mountain Wood ticks are mostly responsible for infecting people. New York residents should be aware that cases of the potentially fatal condition have been reported throughout North America. However, 60 percent of reported cases have been in states such as North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas.

One of the challenges in diagnosing Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is that initial symptoms don't necessarily make it easy to diagnose. While it may be easier to diagnose if a person knew that he or she was bitten by a tick, most people are unaware that they have been bitten. Symptoms of the condition generally include fever, headache and lack of appetite. These and other symptoms generally start to show themselves within two to 14 days of being bitten.

Checks to identify the correct patient

People in New York may have heard of major medical errors, such as giving someone the wrong dosage. However, a common but sometimes less visible error is mixing up patients. This can mean that information about one patient might be documented in the records of another patient, or there might be a mixup when submitting samples.

One way to reduce the likelihood of mistakes is to have multiple layers of checks. Many procedures in the medical field include these checks, and this can be used to make sure patients are correctly identified as well.

Liability insurance for amusement ride manufacturers

People who enjoy visiting New York amusement parks may have also heard about some serious accidents. For example, in May, a 10-year-old boy in California was thrown off a water slide at the park's grand opening. He did not suffer any serious injuries, but it was necessary to close down some areas in the park.

A more serious incident occurred in 2016 in Kansas when a child was killed on a water ride. While the settlement was not disclosed, it was believed to be about $20 million. Both the owners and operators of the ride and the manufacturer of the raft in the ride were found financially liable.

Safe lifting practices for New York workers

Employees can sustain serious injuries while incorrectly lifting and carrying objects at the workplace. In fact, about a quarter of all work-related injuries involves the improper manual handling of items, according to the National Safety Council. Thus, it is crucial that employees receive safety training so they can learn how to safely lift and carry heavy objects.

Common occupational injuries related to the mishandling of materials include cuts, bruises, fractures and sprains and strains, particularly to a person's back. While the NSC stated that there are no fail-safe rules for safe lifting, the agency does recommend several tips for employees who do a lot of lifting and carrying at the worksite.

How syncope may affect people on the job

Workers in New York and throughout the country who are prone to fainting may be more likely to suffer from workplace injuries and job loss. This was the conclusion of a study that appeared online April 18 in the journal "Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes."

Researchers for the American Heart Association examined data for over 3.4 million people from 2008 to 2012. The workers, in the age range of 18 to 64, included those with fainting spells, or syncope, and those without the condition. People who suffered from syncope were twice as likely to lose their jobs and 1.4 times as likely to be injured on the job.

Rise in Crypto outbreaks related to swimming

Cryptosporidium is a parasite that is transmitted when people consume substances that have been infected with fecal matter. People in New York should be aware that the number of yearly reported Cryptosporidium outbreaks caused by swimming pools doubled to 32 between 2014 and 2016, according to early data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Crypto is the main cause of illnesses and outbreaks related to diarrhea associated with water playgrounds and pools. This is primarily because it is very difficult to kill with chlorine and able to survive in properly treated water for up to 10 days. A mere mouthful of water infected with Crypto can sicken healthy people for up to three weeks with vomiting, stomach cramps, nausea and watery diarrhea. These symptoms can cause the affected individuals to become dehydrated.

Getting another diagnosis

New York residents who believe that they have received an incorrect initial medical diagnosis may want to consider obtaining a virtual second opinion. Without needing to go into a larger city or travel around the country, patients can contact specialists and subspecialists in order to obtain an additional diagnosis.

It is estimated that each year 12 million people who receive outpatient care in the United States are victims of diagnostic errors. Such errors can result in delayed treatment, treatment for the wrong medical conditions as well as negative effects on the quality of life and financial security of the patients, employers and family members who serve as caregivers. These results account for a part of the $750 billion that is wasted on inefficient and unnecessary health services.

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