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Three most misdiagnosed conditions also lead most to serious harm

Misdiagnoses are linked to some 40,000 to 80,000 deaths every year in U.S. hospitals, and they may even contribute to between 80,000 and 160,000 serious cases of physical harm every year. Ohio residents should know that the three most frequently misdiagnosed conditions are cancer, vascular events and infections. Researchers from Johns Hopkins found that these three, the "big three," are also linked to many cases of death or disability.

Women's health condition often misdiagnosed

Many women in Ohio have long reported facing a difficult time receiving a proper diagnosis or treatment for medical conditions, especially when they involve health issues specific to women or the female reproductive system. However, a growing amount of attention has been paid to certain conditions in recent years, including endometriosis, fibroids and polycystic ovarian syndrome. These conditions can interfere with fertility, but they can also cause serious and debilitating pain or other uncomfortable symptoms for the women affected. However, women continue to struggle both with doctors who fail to take their pain seriously and with misdiagnosis of other common gynecological conditions.

5 tips for safe winter driving

According to the Ohio State Patrol, in 2019, winter weather in Ohio caused more than 15,600 crashes with 27 deaths. As the state settles into the long, cold season, drivers must navigate dangerous roads covered in ice and snow.

Understanding the health risks of asbestos exposure

Asbestos was once one of the most widely used building materials, but after WWII ended, the picture changed. Scientists and doctors began exploring the link between asbestos and severe illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. This research showed that asbestos was the major cause of such illnesses. For mesothelioma, it was just about the only cause. The proliferation of lawsuits, especially class action suits, in the late 1960s and 1970s threatened asbestos manufacturers and industries that used asbestos in their products with financial ruin. Asbestos has been largely eliminated as a building material, but it still exists in the environment in buildings constructed before 1950, and the asbestos that was used for heat insulation and fire-proofing in those buildings is still released into the environment. For this reason, the nature of asbestos and its attendant health risks can still necessitate the need to avoid exposure and seek prompt and competent medical care for any asbestos-related illness they may have contracted.

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