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Brain injuries may make it harder to recover from PTSD

A new study suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder patients who also suffer from an underlying traumatic brain injury may have more difficulty recovering from post-traumatic stress symptoms. The research could impact future treatments for PTSD patients in Arizona and nationwide.

Robotic surgery risks

As more and more Arizona patients have robotic surgeries that are touted as being safer because they are minimally invasive, they may not be aware that there are risks involved with such reliance. A new study demonstrated that 144 people died during the 14-year period encompassing the period from 2000 to 2013 due to the use of robotics.

Patients lack proper diagnosis for lyme disease, report says

Arizona residents may be familiar with the lack of proper diagnosis for people struggling with Lyme disease. According to a recent study, two-thirds of 6,104 Lyme disease patients surveyed said that they waited longer than two years before they were given an accurate diagnosis, while nearly 50 percent stated that their Lyme test results were either denied or delayed by their doctors who affirmed there had been no sign of the disease in the immediate area. Only one-fifth of the respondents stated that they received an accurate diagnosis within half a year from the start of their symptoms.

Blood thinner may have caused thousands of nursing home injuries

Blood thinners play an important role in the lives of many people. When properly prescribed and used, blood thinners can help prevent blood clots that can result in heart attacks and strokes. But as we wrote in a previous blog post, if not properly administered, these drugs can also be very dangerous.

Hospitals can be held liable for employee negligence

If a patient is ever injured during the course of a hospital stay, it is very important to discover the source of the injury. By recognizing where a mistake occurred, a hospital can take corrective actions that will help minimize the chances of a similar event taking place in the future.

Medical malpractice encompasses a variety of issues

There are a lot of variables that come into the picture when anyone goes to a doctor's office or hospital in Arizona. The medical staff is expected to listen to your symptoms, perform diagnostic exams, establish a treatment plan, and follow through with that treatment plan. During that entire course, there are several things that can go wrong.

Current COPD guidelines may lead to patient misdiagnosis

According to a new research study, the guidelines currently used to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be leading to the misdiagnosis of certain patients in Arizona and around the world. The authors of the study, which was published in a British peer-reviewed medical journal in July, are calling for the guidelines to be modified to correct the issue.

What issues are faced by children who suffer brain injuries?

People who suffer brain injuries may experience any number of serious symptoms such as blurred vision, memory loss and concussion. Anyone could suffer a head injury,, but because children are just learning how to safely navigate the world, they may be especially vulnerable.

Car accidents involving teen drivers

Teen drivers in Arizona and around the country are at a much greater risk of being injured or killed in serious car accidents than drivers in other age groups. Not only do teen drivers lack driving experience, they are more likely to speed and less likely to use seat belts. Also, the presence of teen passengers can often distract teen drivers and make them more likely to crash.

Accident rates among older drivers

Arizona is one of the country's most popular retirement destinations, and elderly drivers are a familiar sight on the state's roads. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the chances of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident begin to increase sharply after a driver attains the age of 70, and the number of senior citizens behind the wheel increased by 34 percent between 1999 and 2012.

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