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Lab errors might be prevented using costly DNA technology

Lab tests often play a central role in what diagnosis a patient receives. These tests must be tracked and performed appropriately so that the doctors get proper information upon which to make a correct diagnosis. When the lab tests come back with incorrect information, the patients can suffer greatly.

Cervical cancer: Early detection is the key to survival

Cervical cancer is a potentially life-threatening illness, but it is highly preventable and very treatable in its early stages. Cervical cancer develops in the cervix, which is a section of the uterus. It's caused by human papillomavirus, HPV, which comes in over 100 strains.

Doctors miss heart attacks because of similar conditions

Considering the sheer amount of people who die annually from heart attacks and heart disease, you'd think doctors would have no trouble determining if someone is having a heart attack or not. However, the reality is that many doctors and patients themselves are often unsure exactly what's happening. It's not always as cut and dry as people assume.

New Orleans woman alleges hospital negligence

Each day across Louisiana, hundreds if not thousands of patients either go to their doctor's office and have a routine medical procedure performed on them or are admitted to the hospital to have surgery. Of those who do, a small percentage face complications, some relatively small and others life-threatening.

Johns Hopkins partnership hopes to improve disease diagnosis

Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkin's University announced today a partnership that will work to revolutionize how diseases are diagnosed and treated through system engineering practices and rigorous data analysis.

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