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February 2016 Archives

Take steps to prevent prescription errors

Problems with prescriptions can occur when patient names get confused, an instruction label is printed wrong or one is given pills at a stronger dosage than needed. Prescription errors could lead to serious health issues for Pennsylvania residents, but a pharmacist from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices has some tips for preventing drug errors.

Test could identify colon cancer patients who need chemo

A simple test could help doctors identify colon cancer patients in Pennsylvania and nationwide who have a more aggressive type of the disease, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. As a result, these patients could opt for chemotherapy treatment, which is not typically recommended for early-stage colon cancer.