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March 2018 Archives

Selecting a new diabetes treatment requires care

For people in Texas living with diabetes, the range of treatment options available can be confusing and surprising. Over 20 therapies for diabetes have been newly approved by the FDA since 2010, giving diabetes patients many more choices in how to treat the disorder. Pharmacists can help to play an important role in assisting both doctors and patients in selecting the right treatment and avoiding potentially dangerous interactions or costly prescriptions.

Reducing the number of medication errors

Every year in Texas and across the U.S., more than 250,000 people die as a result of medication errors. Despite advances in technology that allow for digital record keeping, nurses and other health care professionals continue to make life-altering mistakes, most of which are preventable. Many errors are revealed in patients' charts and other documents.

Heart disease misdiagnosed in younger women

For some Texas heart attack patients, conservative treatment that involves allowing the body to heal by itself may be the most helpful course of action. This is especially true for spontaneous coronary artery dissection or SCAD, most frequently experienced by young women; in this type of heart attack, a sudden tear happens inside an artery, leading to the incident. This is unlike typical heart attacks, which occur due to the results of a lifetime of plaque building up in the arteries. Researching physicians said that treating the two types of heart attacks in the same way can be detrimental.

How dermatologists can prevent cellulitis misdiagnoses

Texas cellulitis patients should know about the findings of researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, as they may affect how cellulitis will be diagnosed in the future. Cellulitis is a bacterial skin condition that leads to red, swollen skin that's warm and tender to the touch. The only way to diagnose it is by looking at the skin and taking the patient's symptoms into account.

Researchers suggest five distinct groups of diabetes

In March, a study was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology suggesting that diabetes should be classified into five types rather than the current two. The reason is to enhance the condition's early diagnosis and treatment. Diabetes patients in Texas and across the U.S. will want to know more about what the researchers say.

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