Antibiotics can help save the lives of New York patients. However, when they are misused, they can create harm for patients as well as decrease their effectiveness in the future. This may be especially true for those who live in a long-term care facility. Often, antibiotics are given to those who have been misdiagnosed as having a urinary tract infection, and they are among the most prescribed medications in nursing homes.
Fat-shaming, or the disrespect of people due to their weight, by physicians may lead to worse outcomes for New York patients. Health researchers have published a review of studies that indicates that patients' mental and physical health can suffer when they are subject to shame or disparagement due to their weight at the doctor's office.
Whenever New York residents and those across the country visit the doctor, they typically have their blood pressure checked. This is to ensure that a patient is not suffering from high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease, strokes and other potentially dangerous conditions. However, many doctors still use manual devices, which could lead to a misdiagnosis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As New Yorkers begin to spend more time outdoors as the weather gets warmer, they should keep in mind that May is Melanoma Awareness Month. They should know the potential risks of sunburns and exposure to the sun.
When New York children have sepsis, their health could deteriorate rapidly. Symptoms could include pain throughout the body, a quick drop in blood pressure and organ failure. Each year, 75,000 children are hospitalized in the United States for sepsis, and about 7,000 children die each year from the condition, according to a study done in 2013.