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Surgeons test experimental drill on brain tumor surgery

Researchers have designed a new surgical drill that could one day aid brain surgeons in New Jersey during the lengthy process of opening skulls. Delicate work that requires a surgeon to focus for at least two hours could be reduced to minutes with the use of the drill.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

As New Jersey residents get ready for the upcoming summer season, they might want to be aware of some information about melanoma, a rare but serious form of skin cancer. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and some tips from a dermatology expert could help people to be safe.

Study suggests hypertension is often misdiagnosed

Thousands of New Jersey residents take medications each day to control their blood pressure, but a recent Canadian study suggests that as many as one in five of them may be taking these powerful drugs unnecessarily. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 75 million Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension, and the agency says that treating the condition costs the country about $46 billion each year.

Misdiagnosing acute kidney injuries

New Jersey patients who were told that they have an acute kidney injury may be interested to learn that the way in which these conditions are diagnosed may be misleading. Approximately 5 to 7 percent of patients who are admitted to U.S. hospitals are ultimately diagnosed with this condition.

Drop in numbers for prostate cancer treatment

Significantly fewer men throughout the country are being treated for prostate cancer since fewer prostate-specific antigen screening tests are being administered. The test was controversial because false positives for cancer were common. In addition to the worry and stress this created, men were also undergoing unnecessary procedures that could be debilitating. Furthermore, many forms of prostate cancer are so slow-growing that New Jersey men, like men elsewhere, die from other causes before the cancer becomes a problem.

Study shows a drop in cancer rates

A new American Cancer Society report indicates that there has been a significant decrease in the amount of cancer-related deaths over the past two decades in New Jersey and throughout the United States. According to researchers, early cancer detection and treatment as well as a decline in smoking has led to the lower rate.

Hospital falls among senior patients linked to medication

Falls can be devastating for elderly adults in New Jersey, especially when the adults already had medical problems before the accident. A study at Mount Sinai Hospital found that falls among senior patients could be linked to incorrect dosages of prescription medicines. Researchers looked at 324 falls involving patients over the age of 65 that occurred over a 12-month period.

Cellulitis and similar conditions difficult to differentiate

Cellulitis is a common physical ailment in New Jersey and around the country. Although medical personnel work diligently to fight this condition whenever they encounter it, the situation is sufficiently complex that misdiagnoses remain common.

New Jersey doctor suspended for prescription drug violations

The medical license of a New Jersey doctor was suspended for five years on Sept. 6 after the State Board of Medical Examiners determined that he had prescribed drugs improperly. The physician, who has practiced medicine in Hudson County for over 25 years, will be suspended for 364 days and spend a further four years on probation. The suspension came a year after the doctor was accused of violating board regulations, negligence and professional misconduct in a complaint filed by the Office of the Attorney General.

Imaging challenges with hernias

A New Jersey hospital patient with symptoms of a hernia might be surprised to receive a negative diagnosis after having imaging performed. However, experts indicate that the lack of a bulge in connection with groin pain could create some challenges for those needing to diagnose a condition and prescribe treatment. The primary problem in making a diagnosis seems to stem from radiology activity. Statistics show that the accurate diagnosis of certain types of hernias can range from 7 percent to 33 percent, which are poor rates.

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