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December 2016 Archives

Study shows differences in care quality based on doctor's gender

Some elderly Oklahomans who go to the hospital when they are ill will be re-hospitalized within a month of being discharged. For some of them, their continued poor health is because of the poor quality of care that they received while in the hospital the first time.

Popular social media app linked to high-speed crashes

A social media messaging application used by thousands of Oklahoma residents has been connected with high-speed traffic accidents by police in at least two states. Snapchat has become wildly popular especially among young people largely because it allows its users to enhance the photographs and videos they upload with unique filters, but a feature that overlays a miles per hour reading on uploaded content has been slammed by both law enforcement agencies and road safety advocates. Critics of the feature say that drivers are disregarding speed limits and placing other road users in danger to impress their friends and increase their online followings.

Pancreatic cancer statistics shine light on problem

Oklahoma patients who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer often face a bleak prognosis. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 8 percent, lower than any other major cancer. New research shows that pancreatic is becoming more common in the United States, and it will soon replace breast cancer as the third-leading cause of cancer-related death.

Electronic medication dosages may be harming senior patients

Electronic medical records may be recommending inaccurate drug dosages for senior patients in Oklahoma and nationwide, according to a study led by a New York City doctor. The research was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in November.

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