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The Darker Side of Misdiagnosis


400-06200435 © diego_cervo Model Release: Yes Property Release: No Seniors portrait of contemplative old african american man looking away. Copy spaceThis month in Health Matters, we bring our attention to depression and hypothyroidism. Although they are two separate diseases, depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, which is a deficiency in the levels of hormones created by your thyroid gland. The medications prescribed to increase low thyroid levels can often alleviate the many symptoms of hypothyroidism, including depression.

Since the indicators of hypothyroidism and depression are similar, doctors sometimes overlook the possibility that a person who is depressed may have low thyroid levels as well.

There are many symptoms linked to hypothyroidism and depression, including fatigue, sluggishness, lack of mental focus and sleeping too much. The huge list of other hypothyroidism signals also includes:

  • Slower heart rate
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Joint or muscle pain or cramps
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dryness or yellowing of the skin
  • Brittle or thick nails
  • Swelling in front of the neck
  • Hair thinning or loss

Because depression is among the more common symptoms of hypothyroidism, it’s imperative that you have an open dialogue with your physician about both your physical and mental feelings. Once members have a diagnosis, a second opinion or case analysis can provide the facts you need to make informed, prudent decisions about your treatment.

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Looking Beyond the Six Letter Word Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:09:47 +0000 Cancer Treatment - Printed Diagnosis on Green Background.Focus on cancer and the many treatments.

This month we will focus on the dreaded disease, cancer. There are nearly as many treatments for cancer as there are types of cancer, making it one of the most complex and life-changing diagnoses possible.

Cancer can begin in the lungs, the breasts, the colon or even in the bloodstream. It can stagnate in certain areas of the body or spread through the body, and the spreading can happen slowly or very rapidly. While cancers are alike in some ways, they can differ significantly in many others—including how they grow and spread.

Oncology research has advanced to the point that more people than ever before lead full lives after cancer treatment, but there is still not a definitive cure for cancer, and the multitude of treatment options further complicates managing the disease. In addition, cancer has become so common that doctors are often quick to diagnose it and treat the disease as if it is invasive or fast moving— which is not always the case.

It’s important to confirm your cancer is being treated appropriately as treatments vary widely, and can include traditional therapies (such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy), newer forms of treatment (clinical trials) and complementary or alternative therapies.

Cancer can be difficult to diagnose, and misdiagnosis is increasingly common. With treatments that include surgery and radiation therapy, the need for certainty in your diagnosis is imperative before you and your doctor can even determine an appropriate treatment method.

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Analytics Aiding Excellence Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:09:15 +0000 Harnessing Health Data to Improve Outcomes

For large organizations, 5% of a population can account for 60% of the medical costs. Do you know which 5%?

Best Doctors provides enterprises of every size and type with analytics solutions that segment populations, expose trends, guide resource allocation, and identify members for medical intervention. With the right tools in place, companies can go beyond predictive analysis and reporting to truly improve health and financial outcomes. This webinar directly address the population health challenges that business face and explore the solutions that companies can put into place to make an impact.

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