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Mesothelioma: how it is diagnosed and treated

Asbestos has not been entirely banned in the U.S., and besides that, it can still be found in older buildings in the insulation, tiles, shingles and other materials. What Louisiana residents should know is that this mineral, once so widely used for its durability and resistance to heat, has been linked to a rare but aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. This…

Challenges for self-driving vehicles in preventing accidents

Some Louisiana drivers may have heard that self-driving vehicles will drastically reduce motor vehicle accidents by eliminating human error. However, new research suggests that significant crash prevention may be more complex. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that while most crashes do ultimately happen because of driver error, many of the mistakes leading up to the…

Researchers find errors in AI-supported medical imaging

Medical centers in Louisiana and throughout the country use many advanced imaging techniques to diagnose patients. Artificial intelligence has emerged as a tool in MRI, CT and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging machines, but its accuracy has come into question after a research team tested the algorithms employed by imaging software during image reconstruction. Small changes equal big errors The researchers…

Driving safety on rural roads

Contrary to what some people may expect, rural roads in Louisiana can be significantly more dangerous in terms of motor vehicle accidents than city roads. Many people may be lulled into a false sense of security by their remoteness, assuming that fewer vehicles means more safety, but this is not the case. Wildlife in rural areas that may run out…

10% of patients with a “Big Three” condition are misdiagnosed

In the medical field, there are three conditions, known as the “Big Three,” that are frequently misdiagnosed: cancers, vascular events and infections. It was only recently that a study, conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, looked into the actual rate at which patients with one of the “Big Three” are misdiagnosed. Louisiana residents may want to know…

For consumers with severe allergies, product labels are key

Products like food, medication or cosmetics can be harmless to some – but deadly to others. Certain ingredients are common triggers for life-threatening allergic reactions. That is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufacturers to clearly state ingredients on product labels. Unfortunately, companies may fall short when it comes to keeping consumers safe. Sometimes, they exclude critical ingredients…

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