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Diagnostic tests that save millions… | January 16, 2012

A diagnosis for cervical cancer with vinegar?

A test for liver damage which requires a single drop of blood and 15 minutes?

A team approach for AIDS treatment?

A picture pamphlet to reduce the number of H.I.V. babies?

A small blunder that ends up eradicating smallpox?

A simple bar of soap cutting rates of childhood killers like diarrhea and pneumonia by half?

A dial that can adjust glasses with just a simple twist?

No this isn’t fiction. It’s fact.

Pioneers and innovators are making the lives of third world counties safer.

What’s more, they’re saving hundreds if not millions of lives.

With just pennies a day!

Perhaps we can learn from them…

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/health/27essay.html


2 Comments »

  1. It took 3 years, 3 primary doctors, and 7 neurologists to diagnose me. I told everyone that “it feels like my brain is shaking in my head” if they had listened to me the first timeand had done a simple EEG it would’ve saved us and the insurance company a lot of money!!
    I was misdiagnosed with MS after 4 MRIs. We had 3 trips to the ER. A lot of blood work. And on and on. You all know the drill. But all this raises ins. costs for everyone too!!

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    Comment by Cari — January 18, 2012 @ 9:55 PM

  2. OMG Cari! What hell you’ve been through!

    Too bad they didn’t read “Beyond EEGs…Diagnostic Tools for Epilepsy” 😉

    https://epilepsytalk.com/2010/09/13/beyond-eegs%e2%80%a6diagnostic-tools-for-epilepsy-2/

    In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, they got it BACKWARDS!

    “Epileptic seizures appear to be three to six times more prevalent in those who have multiple sclerosis (MS) than in the general population (those who don’t have MS).

    The cause of seizures in people with multiple sclerosis isn’t completely understood. In these individuals, seizures most likely result from lesions present in the cerebral cortex and adjacent white matter. However, other factors may play a role — especially since such lesions are very common and seizures are unusual in multiple sclerosis.

    Seizures have been observed before and presumably marking the clinical onset of multiple sclerosis, and during acute bouts of MS. In some cases, seizures appear to be the only sign of a flare of MS, but the majority of seizures occur unrelated to such relapses. Currently there isn’t general acceptance of seizures as the first and only sign of MS.”

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/AN01811

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 18, 2012 @ 11:14 PM


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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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