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February 2018 Archives

Immunotherapy side effects hard to diagnose

Immunotherapy is a developing form of cancer treatment, so its effect on patients can be hit-or-miss. Though its side effects are mild compared to those of chemotherapy, they are hard to diagnose correctly when they arise. Some side effects can be serious, so Iowa residents who have undergone immunotherapy will want to know what they are and how to prevent their misdiagnosis.

Bile duct trauma and gallbladder surgery

People in Iowa who undergo gallbladder surgery may also sustain bile duct injuries during the procedure. According to some estimates, 1 percent of laparoscopic cholecystectomies, or gallbladder surgeries, result in trauma to the bile duct, which then causes a bile duct stricture ('blockage") or leak.

AAA study highlights the dangers of drowsy driving

Government figures indicate that drowsy driving causes between 1 and 2 percent of the motor vehicle accidents in Iowa and throughout the U.S. However, a recent study from the American Automobile Association suggests that the true figure could be much higher. Researchers from the AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety used in-vehicle cameras and other equipment to monitor more than 3,500 drivers for several months. Their figures show that fatigue played a role in about 10 percent of the accidents they witnessed.

Distracted driving is a major roadway threat

Iowa drivers have good reason to be worried about the threat posed by distracted drivers on the roadways. Smartphones and text communication have become ubiquitous, and with that popularity has come a wide rage of easy distractions that can divert drivers' eyes and minds from traffic. Recent years have seen an ongoing uptick in the number of fatal car accidents; many experts have correlated this increased danger with the rise of smartphone popularity and its associated distractions.

The symptoms for the flu and flesh-eating bacteria are similar

Some people in Iowa might have heard of flesh-eating bacteria, but they may not be aware that the symptoms indicating its presence could be confused with the flu. This happened to an Arizona woman who visited her doctor complaining of pain under her arm and flu-like symptoms. However, her husband says that within two days of the flu diagnosis, her pain was unbearable.

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