The scope of the unsafe medical practices is more widespread than ever dreamed, according to a leading state health professional. According to officials, more clinics are possibly using unsafe practices and new investigations are getting underway. Eyewitness News has team coverage of the major developments.More>>
Concerns over endoscopic testing procedures have some backing away from getting tested for colon cancer -- or looking for alternative methods. A local physician Eye on Health spoke with says putting it off is not a good idea. Paula Francis explains.More>>
The State Board of Nursing has ordered five nurse anethesists associated with the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada to give up their licenses. The nurses complied, and doctors from the center could be next. It happened at a meeting hosted by Nevada's Division of Health. Eyewitness News will have the latest.More>>
Two more Nevada clinics operated by a medical group accused of infecting people with hepatitis C were shut down on Tuesday. A total of six medical clinics have now had their licenses suspended and an investigation in underway. Eyewitness News will have the latest on this story.More>>
Diabetic patients who have undergone procedures at the Endoscopy Center have special concerns. Diabetes by itself is already a risk factor for liver disease. So, some patients are worried that if they also contract hepatitis-C, they may be at higher risk for complications.
Henderson endocrinologist, Reid Litchfield has treated patients who not only have diabetes, but also a viral form of hepatitis, including types B and C.
"In many of those patients, the presence of the viral hepatitis and the liver disease associated with it makes the management of the diabetes a little more complicated," he said.
Diabetes can result in the accumulation of fat in the liver. And hepatitis-C only adds to the problem by increasing the inflammation. But drugs normally used to treat hepatitis, including Interferon, can be just as effective in someone with diabetes. Treating the hepatitis, however, may become first priority.
"We may have to pull them off their tablets and treat them with insulin, but it's a means to an end, of trying to eradicate their hepatitis and leave them with a healthy and functional liver," said Dr. Litchfield.
Dr. Litchfield says although the chances of contracting hepatitis-C from the Endoscopy Center are relatively low, he does encourage diabetic patients to be vigilant, considering the importance of early detection of hepatitis.
The stress of any serious illness can bring on full blown diabetes in someone who's borderline -- and that includes hepatitis.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-05-15 20:58:55 GMT
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy is sparking strong emotions from women over the questions of whether genetic testing for breast cancer is for everyone,.More>>
Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy is sparking strong emotions from women over the questions of whether genetic testing for breast cancer is for everyone, and whether women should have breast surgery, even if they don't have cancer.More>>
Thursday, May 2 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-02 22:25:44 GMT
We usually think of women when we talk about breast cancer, but men are affected as wellin fact about 2-thousand men in this country country are diagnosed with breast cancer everyone, and about 400 die from the disease.More>>
Most discussions about breast cancer tend to focus on women, but men are also affected by the disease. Every year, nearly 2,000 men in this country are diagnosed with breast cancer.More>>
Thursday, May 2 2013 3:21 PM EDT2013-05-02 19:21:04 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally. TheMore>>
New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally.More>>
Wednesday kicks off American Stroke Month, and medical professionals want people to recognize the warning signs of strokes. Two doctors and stroke experts discussed the dangers on 8 News NOW This Morning.