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Medical Malpractice

Death in childbirth

October 8, 2018

Our last post linked to stories of women who survived terrible medical mistakes during childbirth due to doctors and nurses not following simple steps to detect and stop hemorrhaging after birth, or not recognizing and treating high blood pressure during pregnancy, during birth or in the time right after a Read More

Deadly deliveries

September 30, 2018

The last several weeks we have been discussing recent articles published in USA Today exposing the shocking facts about “deadly deliveries” in America- women suffering serious complications or dying in childbirth because doctors, nurses, mid-wives and hospitals are not taking simple steps that could prevent injury and death. This week Read More

Hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren’t doing it.

September 11, 2018

The Scary Story The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate among the world’s developed nations – two women die in childbirth almost every day in America. Half of the deaths could be prevented if hospitals followed basic safety steps, yet many hospitals routinely fail to give women treatments that Read More

Poor communication among nurses and doctors is a primary reasons for patient care mistakes.

September 6, 2018

Doctors not listening to nurses and nurses afraid to talk to doctors is causing harm to patients. A recent study found that the hospital hierarchy puts nurses at a power disadvantage, and many are afraid to speak the truth to doctors. Video recordings also showed that nurses didn’t directly request Read More

Lack of oxygen at birth linked to autism

July 24, 2018

A recent study established a link between birth complications, such as lack of oxygen during birth, to an increased risk of autism. The chief science officer at the Autism Science Foundation said the study “adds to a growing literature” linking obstetrical complications to autism.” This study also may allow for Read More

Bone density testing needed for both women and men

July 18, 2018

As reported in the New York Times, newly updated guidelines issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, suggest that all women 65 and older undergo bone density screening-a brief, noninvasive, safe and inexpensive test covered by Medicare-to determine their risk of fracture and get treatment to lessen the Read More

Drug-resistant ‘nightmare bacteria’ pose growing threat

July 11, 2018

According the CDC, “nightmare bacteria” with unusual resistance to antibiotics were found more than 200 times in the United States last year. They cause illnesses that “verge on untreatable infections” where the only option may be supportive care — fluids and machines to maintain life to give the patient a Read More

Most women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemo

June 6, 2018

A recently released result of the largest breast cancer study ever conducted provided yet another reason why diagnosing breast cancer early is so important: the majority of women with the most common type of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy after surgery.  According to the study, the two groups Read More

Colorectal cancer screening should start at age 45, not 50

June 2, 2018

The new recommendation by the American Cancer Society to screen for colon cancer starting at age 45 rather than age 50 is in response to the finding that since 1994, there has been a 51 percent increase in the rate of the disease in those younger than 50, and the Read More

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

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