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Misdiagnosis

3 Ways to Take Charge of Your Brain Health When the Doctor Doesn't Know Enough

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Peter's wife came to see me to discuss help regarding ways to best care for him. Jane had gotten worn down by years of traveling down the path of Park...

February 28, 2015 Is Rare Disease Day

Alexis Buryk | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Alexis Buryk

And how do I know that? My 26-year-old fraternal twin daughters were diagnosed with Late Onset Tay-Sachs this past November.

What Is Late Onset Tay Sachs?

Alexis Buryk | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Alexis Buryk

That's a question I would have asked as recently as early November of this past year. Unfortunately, I am now all too familiar with what it is. I have 26 year old fraternal twin daughters who were just diagnosed with this devastating genetic disorder. My husband and I were unsuspecting carriers of a recessive gene.

A Mother's Perspective On Her Child's Bipolar Disorder

Muffy Walker | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Today, our son is 21 and he will tell you the worst part of his illness is the stigma. Why do we as a society stigmatize our friends, family, and others by branding them with a mark of disgrace?

Joining the Smallest Club in America

Jack Doueck | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jack Doueck

The day arrived, and I lay on the bare operating table, with my eyes closed and my mind at peace. When I opened them three hours later I knew that someone had just received the gift of life. I smiled as I knew that I had just joined the smallest club in America.

When Your Intuition Is Right

Jane Green | Posted 11.30.2014 | Books
Jane Green

The wonderful thing about being a writer is that everything that happens is grist to the mill.

The 5 Most Commonly Overdiagnosed Conditions

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Bob Barnett | Posted 05.06.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com If it seems like everyone you know is being diagnosed with something, you're not imagining things. Yes, as we age, mo...

Misdiagnosis Is A Lot More Common Than You Might Think

Posted 04.17.2014 | Healthy Living

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 04/16/2014 07:04 PM EDT on LiveScience At least one in 20 U.S. adults, or 12 million people yearly,...

5 Things to Do When Symptoms Are Not 'All in Your Head'

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 06.11.2014 | Health and Fitness
Deborah J. Cornwall

You don't need to be an M.D. to take charge of your own diagnosis in this way, but you do need to be patient, persistent, and knowledgeable enough to share the right information and ask the right questions of the right medical partners.

The Internet Diagnosis

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 03.26.2014 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

I know almost every one of my pet loving clients has searched the Internet to better understand why their pet is not feeling well. I would speculate that around 50-60 percent of the time my clients are in the vicinity of the right diagnosis. However, nearly 40 to 50 percent of the time they are not.

How Did 13 Docs Fail to Diagnose Teen's Fatal Tumor?

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Leigh

I've shared stories with parents whose children, like my own daughter, have or have had a brain tumor. Many parents say that it took weeks, or even months, for their children to be correctly diagnosed. In our case, we were one of the "lucky" ones -- although I hesitate to use that word because my child died, albeit five years after diagnosis.

Too Much Medicine Is Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The evidence is compelling that we in the developed countries (especially the US) are overtesting for disease, overdiagnosing it, and overtreating.

In the Thick of 'Young Man's Cancer'

Jeb Harrison | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeb Harrison

Take care of ourselves? Perhaps that's the one thought that trumps all others, and probably the one thing that parents of sick kids, especially sick adult kids, lose sight of. And it's probably the only thing in this whole horrifying cancer dance that a proud parent can actually control to some degree.

Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Allen Frances | Posted 10.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

I have known hundreds of patients who were not helped or were directly harmed by psychiatry. But I have also known many thousands of patients who have benefited greatly. The overall results in psychiatry are quite good and compare favorably to other medical specialties.

ADHD Or Sleep Disorder: Are We Getting It Wrong?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, who is also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center, makes a powerful argument for the need to consider sleep problems as a possible cause when evaluating patients for ADHD.

Medication Nation

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Patients come into doctors' offices asking for something they've seen on TV. Big pharma's advertising blitz, coupled with its aggressive marketing to physicians (who all too often are readily seduced to prescribe), results in the ever-increasing number of prescriptions offered to patients.

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Contrary to common stereotypes, giftedness is not synonymous with high academic achievement. The gifted student archetype, while expected to be a mature classroom leader, does not fit all gifted students.

10 Things That Can Kill You in the Hospital

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Hospitals have recognized these medical errors as a significant problem, and they are taking steps -- such as hand hygiene compliance and surgical checklists -- to make care safer. But if you or your loved one needs medical care now, be on the lookout for these errors.

How I Almost Lost My Son

Nadine Young | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
Nadine Young

I think of the string of coincidence (or are they miracles?) every day.

Why Diagnosis Is the Key to Your Health -- And the Health of the Nation

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

When you go to the doctor, you want to find out what's wrong and how you can get better. In modern-day America, though, what you will get are tests to "rule out" problems rather than figure out what you actually have.

'Inappropriate Use of the ER': An Emergency Physician's Flirtation With the ER

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Policymakers should be aware that even well-informed patients with good access to primary care need the ER. Legislation should aim to increase availability of primary care, but not penalize for use of emergency services.

WATCH: My Mother Misdiagnosed Me With Asperger’s

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living

The number of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses has grown to an average of one in 110 children today, a number that has sharply increased since...

Diagnosis Before Treatment

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

All treatment falls short if not applied correctly, whether allopathic or naturopathic. A proper diagnosis always precedes a proper treatment.

Botched Lab Test Causes Dental Nightmare For Woman

Posted 06.11.2012 | Weird News

A New Zealand dental hospital is under fire for a lab mix-up that led surgeons to remove part of a jaw from a woman who'd been misdiagnosed with mouth...

A Mother's Hunch and A Doctor's Mistake

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 07.03.2012 | Parents
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

The picture is adorable; a pink little angel with feathery wings, wearing a faux pearl necklace and toddler-sized glasses atop her button nose. Her na...