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Pre-eclampsia can cause stroke in a pregnant woman

April 27, 2018

It is important to know that pre-eclampsia during pregnancy can cause significant injury, such as a stroke, to a mother as well as cause harm to her unborn baby.  In fact, it almost doubles a woman’s risk of having a stroke.  Fortunately, a recent study showed that treating a mother’s Read More

Immune therapy plus chemo prolongs survival for advanced lung cancer

April 16, 2018

In a study reported today in the Washington Post, patients with late stage lung cancer getting immune therapy plus chemo were found to be 51 percent less likely to die, compared with patients getting chemo only. One of the researchers stated that “[i]mmunotherapy is rapidly, in combination with other treatments Read More

New tiny pediatric heart valve will save lives

April 13, 2018

A tiny heart valve (the size of a dime), small enough to be put in the heart of a newborn baby, has been given approval to be used in very young children with severe heart defects. Larger sizes have been on the market for a long time, but the medical Read More

Doctors have more time to treat strokes

April 2, 2018

For years doctors believed they had just six hours to save threatened brain tissue from lack of blood flow after a stroke. A new study found they may actually have as long as 16 hours in many cases and another study found the outer limit at 24 hours for some Read More

Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men

April 1, 2018

Excerpts from MarieClaire, Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men, by Kayla Webley Adler, April 25, 2017: For years, physicians have assumed they can diagnose and treat both genders the same way.  But it’s costing women their lives. The best-known incidents of medicine gone wrong in female patients are the many Read More

Fertility clinic machine malfunction damages hundreds of eggs and embryos

March 25, 2018

A San Francisco fertility clinic experienced a liquid nitrogen failure in a storage tank holding thousands of frozen eggs and embryos.  The March 4 incident followed a similar malfunction the same weekend at an unrelated clinic in Cleveland where more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may no longer be viable after temperatures in Read More

Artificial Intelligence to fight hospital acquired infections

March 19, 2018

Clostridium difficile (often referred to as “C-diff”), a deadly bacteria spread by physical contact with contaminated objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals causing 29,000 deaths a year in the United States. Traditional methods, such as monitoring hand washing and attempts to spot the infection early, often fail to stop Read More

Doctors are missing heart attack symptoms in women

March 13, 2018

Early diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks in women is critical.  A young woman who is hospitalized with a heart attack has a higher risk of death than a man of the same age yet acute heart attack symptoms often go unnoticed in women.  More than half of the doctors Read More

161 patients at risk for deadly infections after nurse reused syringes

March 11, 2018

Unsafe injections practices, such as reusing a syringe on multiple patients, commonly cause infection outbreaks in developing countries.  This is a problem in other parts of the world because access to good infection control training and medical supplies is limited. Unfortunately, despite appropriate training and abundant medical supplies here in Read More

Cancer: new treatments and early diagnosis are keys to survival

February 27, 2018

Recently, there was a report of an interesting story about a new treatment for cancer.  Four women, diagnosed with an aggressive, fatal type of ovarian cancer, were told the new treatment drugs were out of the question for them — they would not work. Yet each of them persuaded their Read More

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