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Study finds drug combo extends life of pancreatic cancer patients

Pancreatic cancer is rare and aggressive. Many Oklahoma patients diagnosed with the disease die within a year of diagnosis, and a small percentage live for up to five years. However, a new study found that a four-drug combo can help early-stage pancreatic cancer patients live significantly longer than the current standard treatment.

New report shows A.I. more accurately diagnoses skin cancer

Residents of Oklahoma who are interested in the growing role that artificial intelligence plays in the medical field will want to know about a new international study published in the Annals of Oncology. Researchers tested a form of deep learning called convolutional neural networks (CNN) and found that AI can diagnose skin cancer more precisely than experienced dermatologists.

Doctors leave surgical sponges in woman's abdomen

When Oklahoma patients undergo a surgical procedure, they don't expect sponges or other instruments to be left in their bodies. However, that's exactly what happened to a woman in Japan according to a report recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Benefits of using radiology software

Oklahoma patients may be interested to know that data entry software can limit errors in dual-energy x-ray and ultrasound radiology results. According to researchers at the University of Colorado, the software can also save as much as $1 million worth of radiologist wages over a span of five years.

Common mistakes that lead to medication errors

Hospital patients in Oklahoma may know that medication errors are among the most common form of medical malpractice. They're also one of the most deadly as more than a quarter of a million Americans die from health care mistakes every year. These errors often arise from issues in the charting and documentation stage.

Dermatology consults can reduce cellulitis misdiagnosis

Cellulitis can be difficult for doctors in Oklahoma and across the U.S. to diagnose. However, a new study finds that being examined by a dermatologist at an early stage can help prevent misdiagnosis of patients with presumed cellulitis. The study, which was published in JAMA Dermatology, was conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Bile duct injuries and their symptoms

Anyone in Oklahoma who has undergone gallbladder surgery will want to know about one complication that could arise from it. In roughly 1 percent of all gallbladder operations, patients find themselves suffering from injuries to the bile duct, which carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder. This is usually due to trauma during surgery.

Over-medication: a widespread form of nursing home abuse

Residents of Oklahoma with loved ones in nursing homes should be concerned about a particular form of abuse found in such facilities. Many workers are medicating patients with antipsychotic drugs without the approval of the patients or their family as a way to suppress what they deem to be disruptive behavior.

Medical errors can indicate serious malpractice

Medical mistakes and surgical errors can be some of the worst fears of patients in Oklahoma going through serious medical care. When people go into the hospital for serious medical treatment, especially surgery or other major procedures, they expect that they will leave the operating room in better shape. Unfortunately, sometimes this is not the case. Significant medical mistakes can cause serious, long-term problems for patients. Some doctors can be careless, incompetent or negligent, and this can have an extremely damaging effect when it happens in surgery.

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