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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

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

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

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

Healthcare providers — not hackers — leak more of your data

January 1, 2019

New research from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University found that more than half of the recent personal health information, or PHI, data breaches were because of medical providers — not because of hackers or external parties.  Employees were taking PHI home or forwarding it to a personal account or Read More

Age 75 or older? You still need mammograms!

December 27, 2018

Women age 75 years and older should continue to get screening mammograms, according to a new study. There is a high incidence of breast cancer found in this age group and mammography plays a critical role in the early detection – it can show changes in the breast up to Read More

Beware: YouTube videos are wrong on prostate cancer

December 14, 2018

Of the 150 most popular YouTube videos on prostate cancer, 77 percent had factual errors or biased content in either the video or its comments section. In addition, only 50 percent of the videos analyzed described correctly the current standard of care in prostate cancer screening and treatment. Researchers at Read More

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