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Obsessive compulsive disorder is more common than you think. But it can take 9 years for an OCD diagnosis

People can be reluctant to discuss symptoms with their doctor. When they do, their symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses. Even when people are diagnosed, they don’t always get the right treatment.
An EEG and MRI allow physicians to follow the activity of the cerebral regions linked to language. This enables them to measure the reactions of a patient in a state of minimal consciousness to various commands. Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

Emerging from a coma: response to language can help assess states of consciousness

New research shows that post-coma patients who appear to be in a minimally conscious state can still mentally react to language. This finding could help improve their diagnosis and treatment.
Sepsis begins with infection by bacteria or a virus. This panoramic ilustration inside a blood vessel shows rod-shaped bacteria, red blood cells and immune cells called leukocytes. Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

Sepsis still kills 1 in 5 people worldwide – two ICU physicians offer a new approach to stopping it

Sepsis onset can be difficult to recognize, in part because its symptoms can mimic those of many other conditions. A treatment delay of even a few hours can make the difference between life and death.
Because of stigma and deeply rooted implicit bias, people who suffer chronic and unexplained pains are often characterized as complainers, malingerers and drug-seekers. (Shutterstock)

Why stress-related illness is so hard to diagnose, and how a patient-centred playful approach can help

Psychosocial and economic stressors can affect health, but neither our doctors nor our health-care system have the tools to integrate these factors into diagnoses or care. Play offers an alternative.
Despite the prevalence of endometriosis, people often live with pain and other symptoms for years before being diagnosed. (Shutterstock)

Endometriosis: How advocacy, awareness and algorithms could shorten the long wait for diagnosis and treatment

People living with endometriosis wait an average of 7.5 years for a diagnosis. Social science researchers are working to identify ways to help reduce this timeline.

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