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Adenomyosis is a common women's health issue

Polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and fibroids are all conditions that cause women excruciating pain and are pretty well known. Washington residents may be interested in learning about a condition of the reproductive system that is not as well known but should be. It is called adenomyosis.

Adenomyosis is actually quite common. While there is no diagnostic criteria or standardized definition for adenomyosis, it is estimated that at least one in 10 women are dealing with the condition. Many individuals are familiar with the way endometriosis causes uterine tissue to grow outside of the uterus. With adenomyosis, the tissue actually goes awry. It builds up in the uterine muscle wall. It will not turn into cancer, but it can be debilitating and painful.

How to identify the symptoms of bone cancer

It is important for individuals to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of serious diseases in order to seek treatment early and in order to have the best chance of curing the disease. Washington residents may be interested in learning about the signs and symptoms of bone cancer in order to seek care as soon as possible. When patients are familiar with some of these symptoms, they can work closely with their doctor and potentially prevent a misdiagnosis.

The most common symptom of bone cancer is pain in the affected bone. The pain may at first happen intermittently. The pain may be worse when the bone is used. For example, a person may have pain in the bones of their leg as they walk. The pain will become more constant as the cancer grows and then will be there at all times.

Doctors frequently fail to identify painful skin condition HS

Hidradenitis suppurativa, or HS, is a painful and progressive skin disease that afflicts approximately 1 in 100 people. Although it is not classified as a rare disease, people in Washington suffering from the skin lesions and boils associated with HS will likely encounter physicians who do not recognize the disease. A survey of patients showed that 64% of them had to see five or more physicians before an accurate HS diagnosis occurred. The mean amount of time that people spent struggling with HS before diagnosis equaled 10 years.

No skin or blood tests exist that can detect HS. The diagnosis of the condition is dependent on physicians recognizing the disease during a physical exam. Too often, physicians assume that the hard, puss-filled or bleeding lesions are basic abscesses. They drain the boils and prescribe antibiotics but sometimes fail to advise patients to seek follow-up care.

Long-time mold infestation caused 6 deaths at Seattle Children’s

Children’s hospitals across the country are places where families can seek professional and dependable treatment for their sick or injured child. Staff members work tirelessly to ensure that their young patients receive the attention and care they require. But what happens when the hospital itself is a veritable threat to a child’s health?

This was the case for some families at the Seattle Children’s Hospital whose children suffered the consequences of an ongoing mold infestation.

How implicit bias may lead to medical misdiagnoses

Every year, some 12 million Americans are incorrectly diagnosed by a doctor, and bad judgment is behind much of it. One study analyzed 55,377 medical malpractice claims and found that 86% were due to errors in judgment. Washington residents should know that these errors can stem from gaps in the doctor's knowledge, inattention and, perhaps most crucially, implicit bias.

For example, there is a 9% chance that stroke patients will be misdiagnosed in the ER. However, patients between 18 and 45 years old are 700 times more likely than a 75-year-old patient to be misdiagnosed. In addition, women are about 30% more likely to have their stroke misdiagnosed. With regard to other conditions, women are often mistakenly thought of as having anxiety if the symptoms do not fit familiar patterns.

Jury awards millions to mother in birth injury case

All Seattle parents hope their children are born healthy and happy, but some doctors make mistakes that can cause severe injuries during the birth process. When this occurs, it might be necessary to take legal action.

For example, an Illinois jury recently awarded over $100 million to the mother a 5-year-old boy who suffered severe brain damage during his birth in 2014. According to court documents, the mother told medical staff at Oak Park's West Suburban Medical Center that she couldn't feel her unborn baby moving during her six-hour labor. Ultrasound tests also indicated that the baby wasn't moving.

Report says 166 kids sexually abused by Colorado Catholic priests

At least 166 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests in Colorado since 1950, according to a report released on Oct. 23. The findings were the culmination of a seven-month investigation funded by an anonymous donor and conducted by a former Colorado U.S. attorney.

The 263-page report alleges that a total of 43 Catholic priests abused children in the state over the past 69 years. However, most of the abuse was committed by five individuals. The report claims that 90 children were molested by just three priests in the Denver archdiocese alone. In addition, it says that it took an average of nearly 20 years for the church to intervene and remove a priest after learning of abuse allegations. It further claims that the church only reported 10 of the 100 sexual abuse instances it knew of since 1950.

How to detect elder abuse in nursing home facilities

Making the decision to place your family member in a nursing home is something that you did not take lightly. You likely took many factors into account such as specialty care, staffing, location, size, cost and culture. Fortunately, you found a facility that provides high quality medical care and an active social environment.

A study by the AARP Foundation shows that Washington state’s long-term care system leads the nation. Yet, the growing nursing shortage has recently caused many to question what this means for senior care. Coupled with Medicare and Medicaid cuts, some nursing home facilities have had a reduction in force. An understaffed nursing home facility is one of the major contributing factors to nursing home abuse.

Former PTA president charged with child rape

A 34-year-old Washington man has been accused of raping and sending sexually suggestive messages to a teenage girl who viewed him as a father figure. According to court documents, the Sultan resident worked as a corrections officer and volunteered at an elementary school at the time of the alleged incidents. He is also said to have once served as a PTA president and Girl Scout leader. He was taken into custody on Oct. 8.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the man's alleged activities after the victim's mother reported finding sexually explicit messages on social media. The SCSO says the man and the girl communicated with each other on Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram over a period of about two years. The intimate relationship is alleged to have begun in 2017 when the girl was 13 years old. Prosecutors say the man met the girl while doing volunteer work for the Girl Scouts in 2015.

State laws recognize trauma for child witnesses of violence

About half of America has state laws addressing the serious trauma often suffered by children who witness violence at home. Experts studying the effects of domestic violence say witnessing violence has the same effects on children as it would if they'd directly experienced it physically.

Washington is one of the states that has enacted laws making violence in the presence of a child a more harshly punishable crime than it would be without a child witness. Also, under Washington law, it maybe possible to bring a lawsuit for the damages done to a child by witnessing acts of violence or other kinds of trauma sustained by one or both of his or her parents.

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