People in Iowa and across the United States are still waiting for HIV diagnoses that are often delayed, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Studies show that HIV detection rates are improving, but many people live with HIV for some time before receiving a diagnosis. This is often true even for people who have seen a doctor.
People in Iowa who suffer from certain skin conditions may be surprised to learn that such ailments are routinely misdiagnosed by doctors. Because the symptoms for many skin diseases can mimic other conditions, they can be easily misdiagnosed. As a result, patients might not receive the proper medical care that they need.
Many people are aware of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Iowa residents who have a family history of diabetes may be interested to know that a third type may be frequently misdiagnosed.
In recent years, an aging senior population and the increased availability of healthcare options for younger people has resulted in a growing number of Iowa residents receiving medical treatment. However, with more people visiting doctors and receiving prescription medication, the number of medication-related liability claims will likely rise as well.
Although the rates of death from breast cancer have fallen, the American Cancer Society reported that black women were still more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Breast cancer deaths declined by 39 percent between 1989 and 2015 as more advances in breast cancer treatments were made. However, survival rates between black women and white women started to change in the early 1980s and never improved.
A court on the East Coast has ruled on a case involving disclosure of patient information in a way that could impact how Iowa doctors and hospitals do business. At issue were the applicability of different statutes of limitations to statements made by the physician about the patient without the patient's consent and the propriety of a private cause of action under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
When an Iowa patient is diagnosed with a bone tumor in the foot, he or she may be aware that the majority of bone tumors are benign. However, while they are rare, malignant bone cancers can occur. Because malignant bone tumors can be aggressive, a timely diagnosis is needed.
When it is suspected that an Iowa patient has cancer, there are a number of different tests that a doctor may conduct. However, the options depend on several factors, such as the type of cancer the person may have, the person's age and medical condition, the signs and symptoms and the results of other medical tests that have already been run.
Some Iowa patients who are overweight might have been subjected to fat shaming and disrespectful treatment at their doctor's office. This can be harmful to a patient both physically and mentally, and it can cause a patient to delay from seeking medical treatment in an effort to avoid having to talk to their medical professionals.
Patients in Iowa may have been exposed to higher or lower drug doses than were safe or necessary for their care. This is an issue that can occur when doctors write prescriptions. Accidentally prescribing or giving a patient a much higher dose can have severe consequences for the patient's health.