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Treatment options for urea cycle disorders

For New York patients suffering from urea cycle disorders, there are a variety of treatment options that could reduce symptoms and help them live more normal lives. The treatment options range from dietary management and drug treatment to liver transplants.

Those who suffer from urea cycle disorders are deficient in one of the six enzymes that remove ammonia from the blood stream due to genetic mutations. This can result in an elevated blood ammonia, which can present as a serious illness in those who have severe mutations. Dietary management and a supplementation of certain antioxidants, vitamins and calcium can help minimize some of the damage. There are also special amino acid formulas that are formulated specifically for those suffering from this disorder. Some children who have a lack of appetite may benefit from a gastrostomy tube or a nasogastric tube.

FDA drug side effects database full of errors

New York health care practitioners probably know that thousands of people around the country die each year as a result of side effects from drugs. To track this, the Food and Drug Administration collects data from those who have adverse reactions while taking medication they have been prescribed by a doctor. However, an analysis of the database created using these reports and experiences has been found to be full of errors.

The Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System allows any person taking a prescription medication to report any side effects they may experience. The data collected by the FDA is constantly updated, meaning it can be used in studies. However, an analysis found that there were a wide range of problems with the data. For example, the disease that was being treated was often being reported as a side effect.

Was your baby's cerebral palsy diagnosis due to negligence?

The birth of a baby is traditionally heralded with much anticipatory joy and excitement. When the birth involves complications, those feelings are muted and can quickly evolve into worry and sadness.

Obstetricians can sometimes ameliorate birth complications by taking detailed medical histories of the expectant mothers and ordering a battery of prenatal tests for women with suspected or diagnosed high-risk pregnancies. But even then, there are no guarantees.

Fat-shaming and malpractice

New York residents rely on their physicians to provide them with appropriate medical care. Unfortunately, there are cases in which physicians may allow their own prejudices to interfere with their ability to provide appropriate treatment. Obese and overweight individuals are often victims of this.

A study showed that poor health outcomes for overweight and obese people can at least partially be attributed to physician fat-shaming. Individuals who are not feeling well or who notice worrisome symptoms may delay visiting the doctor as they do not want to be lectured about their weight. Those who do seek medical care may be dismissed by a physician who attributes symptoms to excess weight.

Delayed diagnosis of eye melanomas

Some New Yorkers who have melanoma of the eyes are not diagnosed correctly at first. When there is a delayed diagnosis of this cancer, the patients may suffer substantial harm or death. Some people may not get diagnosed until the cancer is more advanced because they don't recognize their own symptoms and fail to get checked.

People who have melanoma of the eye may experience such things as blurred vision, bulging eyes, problems with the way that their eyes move in their sockets, changed pupil sizes, dark spots on the iris and other problems. Many may not feel pain until the cancer is advanced.

Classifying and treating an angiosarcoma

New York patients who have undergone treatment for cancer are at risk for developing angiosarcomas. A sarcoma is a tumor that develops in the soft tissue of the body. An angiosarcoma is a soft tissue tumor that starts growing in the tissue that lines the blood and lymphatic vessels. While this type of sarcoma is rare, it is malignant and can be deadly. It particularly affects the body's deep tissues, the breast, skin and liver.

AS is extremely aggressive and is known to sometimes recur in the same spot after a person has been treated. This tumor is also often associated with metastasis, meaning it can spread to other parts of the body. Secondary occurrence of takes place in the brain, lungs and liver. A person who has not had cancer before is likely to be diagnosed with primary angiosarcoma. Those who develop another tumor after having had radiation treatment for cancer in the past are said to have secondary AS.

Patients could be misdiagnosed with hypertension

New York patients who have high blood pressure are at risk for suffering heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. However, many doctors still rely on manual blood pressure measurements to determine whether or not a person has hypertension. A study found that these manual devices may not be accurate, meaning healthy people could be misdiagnosed with the condition.

Hypertension is known as a "silent killer" due to the fact that people with high blood pressure often do not have any symptoms until their pressure gets really high or they develop another associated condition. As such, checking blood pressure during routine doctor appointments is done to quickly rule out high blood pressure. A Canadian study found that about 20 percent of patients had been misdiagnosed with high blood pressure, meaning they were likely taking medication that was not needed. The study indicated that this was due to the use of manual blood pressure devices.

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