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Pregnancy often overlooked by science

May 6, 2019

For disabled women or women with rare diseases who are pregnant or hope to conceive, there are so many unknowns. Research on pregnant women has for the most part been banned or ignored. This article reports that The National Institutes of Health began breaking out its spending on pregnancy, maternal Read More

How to report hospitals and doctors when childbirth turns dangerous

April 29, 2019

Did you get bad care during the birth of your child? Obviously you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit but there is more that can be done to help improve care for future patients. USA TODAY’s investigation found that when mothers are injured or die from childbirth, Read More

You need an advocate for when you can’t advocate for yourself

April 22, 2019

I agree 100% with the paragraph quoted below in a USA Today series about injuries during childbirth: “I personally think anybody going to the hospital, for any reason, or any time, you need to have an advocate with you,” said Lisa Kane Low, associate dean of practice and professional graduate Read More

Don’t blame a mother for her own death!

April 15, 2019

From another USA TODAY article in the series investigating childbirth complications in America: “For years, hospitals have blamed rising maternal deaths and injuries on problems beyond their control. Almost universally they’ve pointed to poverty and pre-existing medical conditions as the driving factors in making America the most dangerous place in Read More

How to choose a hospital to deliver your baby

April 8, 2019

Here is more from the recent USA Today series we have been posting the last several weeks: “Lisa Kane Low knows statistics like those found in USA TODAY’s investigation into secretive hospital records can “scare the living daylights out of people.” As the associate dean of practice and professional graduate Read More

Parents of injured babies suffer injuries too

March 20, 2019

When a baby is born sick or injured, the entire care team is focused on the baby. However, a new study shows that the parents of newborns who have been hospitalized also need care. They tend to have higher rates of depression, anxiety and acute or post-traumatic stress disorders. Some Read More

Anesthesia may not be as safe as we thought

March 4, 2019

Research is starting to reveal disturbing side effects of anesthesia. According to a recent report, “the findings are challenging traditionally held beliefs that general anesthesia simply ‘turns the brain off’ and then reverts it to its pre-anesthesia state” when the patient is woken up. “Anesthesia is a very abnormal state Read More

Failure of doctors and nurses to wash hands is causing post-operative infections

January 17, 2019

I have written before about the importance of hand washing by doctors and nurses to prevent infection. Yet another study, this one published just this month from University of Iowa researchers, reports that despite solid evidence supporting improved practices for hand washing “adherence to evidence-based, basic, preventive measures is abysmal.” Read More

Doctors are experimenting on pregnant women

January 10, 2019

Doctors often have no choice but to experiment on pregnant women without knowing whether their treatments will help, or harm, the mother and/or her unborn baby.  Pregnant women are usually excluded from medical research, because scientists are understandably concerned that experimenting on them could hurt them or their fetus.  According Read More

Yelp! Do reviews guide your choice of ER or Urgent Care facilities?

January 7, 2019

It is very common for consumers to rate a restaurant, hotel or service online with sites such as Yelp! The practice is now spilling over to health care.  Specifically people are rating and reviewing ERs and Urgent Care Clinics. Roughly 47 percent of emergency department and 30 percent of urgent Read More

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