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July 2015 Archives

More mothers dying during pregnancy and childbirth in U.S.

Childbirth-related deaths have been rising in Oklahoma and across the United States for the past 25 years. Meanwhile, maternal deaths have been falling in much of the rest of the world. In fact, the U.S. was one of only eight other countries, including South Sudan and Afghanistan, to experience an increase in such deaths between 2003 and 2013.

The prevalence of misdiagnosis in Oklahoma

Although Oklahoma patients expect their doctors to be able to diagnose their conditions, there are situations when one is elusive. Despite batteries of tests and multiple appointments, medical professionals don't always have the answer. Among the hardest conditions to diagnose are thyroid disorders as well as Lyme disease. Thyroid conditions top the list because such a disorder can impact every cell in the body.

Avoiding some common medical mistakes

Oklahoma patients may benefit from understanding more about some of the common mistakes made by all types of physicians. It has been estimated that 15 percent of all medical conditions are misdiagnosed initially. Misdiagnosis is currently the leading mistake committed by physicians around the country. According to a 2013 study, the health conditions most often misdiagnosed are cancer, acute renal failure, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and congestive heart failure.

Disconcerting trends in teen driving

Oklahoma motorists may be surprised to learn that texting has surpassed drinking in terms of the numbers of fatal teen car accidents caused each year by these actions. Teens may be viewed as more prone to accidents due to inexperience. However, a sense of invincibility may also be responsible for young people participating in dangerous or illegal driving behaviors as they assume that they won't be adversely affected through car wrecks.

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