At least 1 in 20 adult outpatients receives an incorrect diagnosis from their doctor, according to a new study. Sometimes the consequences are minor -- calling something an “allergy” when it’s really a cold, for instance. But in more than 6 million patients a year in the United States, such misdiagnosis could have major consequences, such as a dangerous delay in cancer treatment.
More than 100 patients have experienced partial or permanent paralysis in recent years after having spinal-cord stimulators inserted in their backs, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. The paralyzed patients received spinal stimulators made by a variety of companies, including Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific.
CTEPH.com Designed to Help More Health Care Providers Understand and Identify This Rare ConditionPR NewswireWHIPPANY N.J. April 11 2014WHIPPANY N.J. April 11 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer HealthCare today announced it has launched an educational website
Here's the bad news: A dietary supplement named OxyElite Pro is still apparently making people sick, more than a year after the Hawaii Department of Health was alerted to seven cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure among its users. As of last February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had linked 47 hospitalizations, three liver transplants and one death to the diet product. OxyElite Pro has been recalled, but as Cohen observes, nothing will prevent another supplement from bringing about a similar toll.
Does vaccine refusal and hesitancy put everyone at risk for diseases?
Richard Meyer's insight:
Abby Peterson was just a few weeks shy of her sixth birthday in 2001 when she caught a severe case of chicken pox that made her so weak that she came down with pneumonia, her mother recalled. Her little body couldn’t fight against two infections and after ten agonizing hours in the hospital, she died in her mother’s arms.
Both chicken pox and pneumonia are preventable with vaccines, but Abby’s mom, Shannon Duffy Peterson, who lives in the rural area of Sleepy Eye, Minn., said her pediatrician steered her away from vaccinating her daughter
In what doctors called a surprise ruling, a federal court issued an injunction barring Medtronic from selling its new artificial heart valve to most patients in the U.S., despite finding that Medtronic's device is "safer" and has "a lower risk of death" than a competing device from Edwards Lifesciences.
In the course of one short week, no less than 3 different models have emerged for sharing big data in the pharmaceutical industry. The highest profile of these ‒ called Project Data Sphere (PDS here) ‒ was announced earlier today with the official opening of an online resource to share clinical trial data [...]
In recent years researchers have uncovered a potentially important pathway whereby PDE5A inhibitors (which include sildenafil-- Viagra-- and other drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension) could potentially increase the risk of developing melanoma. Now a new study provides early evidence showing an association between sildenafil and melanoma, [...]