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September 2016 Archives

Researchers give hope to people with spinal cord injuries in Ohio

Rice University researchers have developed a way to combine graphene nanoribbons and common polymer to create a product that may prove critically important in healing damaged spinal cords. There are about 17,000 new spinal cord injuries every year in the United States, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.

Study shows potential for better PCOS diagnosis

Ohio teenagers may be less likely to have their polycystic ovary syndrome misdiagnosed thanks to a study that found links between hormones and the condition. At the yearly meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology, researchers presented the results of their study that looked at 23 patients with PCOS alongside a control group. The researchers found that teenage girls with PCOS also had high levels of the hormone irisin and higher testosterone.

Hospital administrators can help prevent misdiagnoses

Misdiagnosis is a big problem in hospitals in Ohio and across the United States. A recent study found that one in every 20 patients is misdiagnosed each year. This calculates to 12 million misdiagnosed Americans. The number of patients who die from being misdiagnosed equals the amount who die from breast cancer each year.

Wrong-sided nerve blocks are a medical hazard

Ohio surgical patients may be aware that medical mistakes like operating on the wrong site sometimes occur, but they may not know that anesthetic mistakes are also a problem in U.S. hospitals. For example, wrong-sided nerve blocks sometimes occur even though many hospitals have zero tolerance policies against such errors.