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January, 2016

The more often a doctor is sued, the more likely he or she will be sued again.

January 28, 2016

In a study release this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers analyzed 10 years of paid malpractice claims using the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federal government database that includes 66,426 claims against 54,099 doctors. It found that a small percentage of doctors are responsible for most Read More

All women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth

January 26, 2016

Today an influential government-appointed health panel concluded that women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth. This is the first time it has recommended screening for maternal mental illness. The recommendation comes after new evidence established that mental illness in new mothers is more common than Read More

Doing more c-sections saves more mothers and babies

January 12, 2016

A new study published in JAMA last week challenges the 30 year old “rule” that a hospital’s target c-section delivery rate should be less than 10 to 15%. For years it has been argued that there is no medical need for the increasing rate of c-section deliveries and doing more Read More

Delays at hospitals undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk of disability and death

January 5, 2016

Nearly every baby born in the United States has blood collected within a day or two of birth to be screened for dozens of genetic disorders. The entire premise of newborn screening is to detect disorders quickly so babies can be treated early to prevent death or brain damage, disability Read More

Birth injuries two times higher at military hospitals

January 3, 2016

Giving birth in a military hospital is twice as likely to result in a birth injury than when giving birth at a comparable civilian hospital, according to a recent report.   In addition, mothers were significantly more likely to suffer a hemorrhage (serious bleeding) after birth in a military hospital than at Read More

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