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Group claims nursing home industry improperly medicates patients

A concerning study released this month by the watchdog group Human Rights Watch has highlighted the troubling trend of nursing homes over-prescribing antipsychotic drugs to residents with dementia. The report claims that these nursing homes are prescribing drugs without a proper diagnosis in an attempt to keep residents docile. This trend is cause for concern for nursing home residents across New York and the rest of the country.

Robotic technology may lead to more accurate cancer diagnoses

According to the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, cancer surgeons perform more than 1.7 million breast biopsies every year. The accuracy of the diagnoses has always been hampered by human error and limited technology. However, a robotic biopsy system now under development could change this forever. Surgical pathologists in New York and across the U.S. may want to know how this could enhance their work.

OSHA alliance is renewed

Women in New York who work in the construction industry may be interested to know that the National Association of Women in Construction and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have renewed their alliance. The goal of the alliance is to address workplace hazards that are unique to women in the construction industry. These hazards may include workplace intimidation, personal protective equipment selection, workplace violence and sanitation.

What victims of durotomy should know before filing a claim

A study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal has analyzed 48 medical malpractice cases involving a condition called durotomy. It is a tear in the spine's outer membrane, usually made after spinal surgery and capable of forming long-term issues if not recognized and treated right away. New York residents who have suffered from dural tears should know what the study has to say about their chances of receiving compensation.

Imaging software can help doctors detect pneumonia

New York patients who have had pneumonia at some point in their lives may be interested to learn that imaging software can help doctors diagnose pneumonia with greater accuracy. This artificial intelligence-powered imaging software, which was designed by scientists at Stanford University, processes images using a specific set of parameters.

Skin conditions with similar symptoms can lead to misdiagnoses

New York has plenty of options when it comes to health care providers and skincare specialists. However, the average person may not seek out a dermatologist because they think most skin problems are minor. It's important to remember that many skin disorders are similar in appearance and often confused with each other. A serious disease mistaken for a rash, for example, could lead to lost treatment time or worse.

Third type of diabetes may go overlooked

While many New Yorkers are familiar with two types of diabetes, there is actually a third version of the medical issue. Type 3c diabetes generally occurs after a person has had pancreatic disease or other issues with that part of the body. However, those who have this third type of diabetes may be being misdiagnosed with type 1 or type 2 instead.

Opioid and liability claims related to medication

New York patients who have to take medication for their medical condition should know that opioids have been a common factor in liability claims related to medicine. Based on a report released by a medical liability insurer, opioids were involved in 24 percent of medication-related liability claims.

UTIs may not be diagnosed or treated properly

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.

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