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How to Check Your Medical Records for Errors

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We are humans and we make a lot of mistakes every single day—that’s why when you have got your health record, also known as a medical record, make sure that the information is correct, complete and up-to-date. It’s very important to do this, because your doctor may have forgotten to write something down.

Common errors of your medical records can include:

• You may have forgotten to tell your doctor about something — like a new medication or allergy
• Your doctor might have misunderstood, incorrectly noted, or left out something — like information about your health history or your symptoms or the date of your appointment
• Your doctor might have ordered a test you’ve already had — or charged you for a test you didn’t have

Always review your medical record—it’s the proper way to detect any error. If you leave your health record unchecked, this could impact your future health and treatment.

Learn the following tips to know what kind of errors you should look for!

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Hernias: Everything You Need to Know

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A hernia happens when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall.

Hernias are most common in the abdomen, but they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin areas. Most hernias aren’t immediately life-threatening, but they don’t go away on their own. Sometimes they can require surgery to prevent potentially dangerous complications.

There are four common types of hernia: inguinal hernia, hiatal hernia, umbilical hernia and incisional hernia. They are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain. Depending on its cause, a hernia can develop quickly or over a long period.

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8 Reasons You’re Short of Breath

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Few sensations are as frightening as not being able to get enough air. Shortness of breath — known medically as dyspnea — is often described as an intense tightening in the chest, air hunger or a feeling of suffocation.

Most cases of shortness of breath are due to heart or lung conditions. Your heart and lungs are involved in transporting oxygen to your tissues and removing carbon dioxide, and problems with either of these processes affect your breathing. Shortness of breath that comes on suddenly (called acute) has a limited number of causes, including: asthma, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, sudden blood loss, carbon monoxide poisoning or low blood pressure.

In the case of shortness of breath that has lasted for weeks or longer (called chronic), the condition is most often due to: asthma, COPD, heart dysfunction, obesity, deconditioning or interstitial lung disease.  If you have unexplained shortness of breath, especially if it comes on suddenly and is severe, see your doctor as soon as possible. Check out the possible reasons!

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15 Dangerous Things Experts Have Linked to Cancer

Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the US, second only to heart disease. It fundamentally affects the way our cells grow and divide, changing them in perverse ways. All cancer is a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. The nasty, debilitating class of diseases spreads through a body like an invading army, as toxic cells grow relentlessly into unruly tumors.

Some cases of cancer are out of our control, determined by genetic defects and predispositions passed down from one generation to the next, or spurred by genetic changes we undergo through our lifetime. But we also know breathing in certain substances, eating specific things, and even using some kinds of plastics ups the risk of developing some deadly cancers.

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8 Ways to Improve Your Health in Less Than 10 Minutes

We’ve all had those well-intentioned moments when we resolve to make sweeping lifestyle changes: Quit smoking. Lose 20 pounds. Join a gym and exercise every day. While we should always strive to accomplish these types of health goals, the road to better health doesn’t always have to mean making huge leaps. Check out the simple ways to improve your overall health in less than 10 minutes!

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How to Get Rid of a Rash: 4 Home Remedies 

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Rashes are noticeable changes in the texture or color of your skin and they are very itchy. Doctors are likely to prescribe creams, lotions, or antihistamines for relief. They may also suggest cold compresses or other home remedies. Rashes can occur from a variety of factors, including heat, immune system disorders, infections and medications.

Scratching isn’t a good idea because it only makes the rash worse and may cause infection. Here are home remedies to try but if your skin rashes don’t disappear, you should visit your doctor immediately.

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