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April, 2018

Pre-eclampsia can cause stroke in a pregnant woman

April 27, 2018

It is important to know that pre-eclampsia during pregnancy can cause significant injury, such as a stroke, to a mother as well as cause harm to her unborn baby.  In fact, it almost doubles a woman’s risk of having a stroke.  Fortunately, a recent study showed that treating a mother’s Read More

Immune therapy plus chemo prolongs survival for advanced lung cancer

April 16, 2018

In a study reported today in the Washington Post, patients with late stage lung cancer getting immune therapy plus chemo were found to be 51 percent less likely to die, compared with patients getting chemo only. One of the researchers stated that “[i]mmunotherapy is rapidly, in combination with other treatments Read More

New tiny pediatric heart valve will save lives

April 13, 2018

A tiny heart valve (the size of a dime), small enough to be put in the heart of a newborn baby, has been given approval to be used in very young children with severe heart defects. Larger sizes have been on the market for a long time, but the medical Read More

Modified Pap tests can show early warning signs of ovarian cancer

April 8, 2018

In a new study reported today, using a longer brush to collect cells from the lining of the uterus during a pap smear allowed researchers to identify endometrial cancer in 93% of the cases and ovarian cancer in 45% of the cases. When they added a blood test to the Read More

Naval Medical Center Delaying Surgeries After Finding Discrepancy in Sterilization Process

April 4, 2018

The Navy claims the “discrepancy” it found in how surgical instruments were being sterilized presented a very low infection risk to patients, but did not disclose the nature of the “discrepancy.” It was serious enough that the sterilization site was immediately closed resulting in a shortage of properly sterilized surgical Read More

Doctors have more time to treat strokes

April 2, 2018

For years doctors believed they had just six hours to save threatened brain tissue from lack of blood flow after a stroke. A new study found they may actually have as long as 16 hours in many cases and another study found the outer limit at 24 hours for some Read More

Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men

April 1, 2018

Excerpts from MarieClaire, Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men, by Kayla Webley Adler, April 25, 2017: For years, physicians have assumed they can diagnose and treat both genders the same way.  But it’s costing women their lives. The best-known incidents of medicine gone wrong in female patients are the many Read More

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