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Reducing Childhood Epilepsy with Cooling Treatment

When a child is deprived of oxygen during childbirth, it can lead to health issues that can affect the child and the family for years to come, and sometimes forever. The effects can be devastating – physically, emotionally, and financially. As many as 20 to 30 percent of children deprived of oxygen develop epilepsy and many need regular antiepileptic treatment. Epilepsy can affect a person’s cognitive performance, quality of life, and life expectancy. But a new cooling treatment known as therapeutic hypothermia has changed the equation. A new study indicates that cooling treatment can reduce the number of children who will develop epilepsy later in childhood. Before cooling therapy was used, a poor outcome was expected for children suffering oxygen » Read More

Electronic Health Records Create New Risks

Technology has had a major impact on every industry. The healthcare field has benefited enormously from these advances, particularly in the keeping of health records. Electronic health records have increased efficiency, but there are drawbacks to the convenience. Medical errors related to electronic health records have increased dramatically in recent years. Electronic health records (EHRs) are now in use in 90 percent of hospitals and 80 percent of physicians’ offices. This method of tracking patient information has made staff more productive and facilitated communication between members of patient care teams. It seems, however, that the transition from hand-writing charts to filling them in electronically has made it easier for misinformation to make its way onto the records. In particular, the » Read More

Hospitals Not Held Accountable for Safety Lapses

Hospital mistakes can have deadly consequences for patients. When a hospital fails to uphold safety standards and protect patients from unnecessary risk, they should be held accountable for their negligence. However, a recent investigative report publicized by USA Today reveals investigations into safety concerns at hospitals often do not lead to substantive changes. Hospitals do not face real consequences for their failures and thus are not motivated to make these changes. The article centered around an investigation involving the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Patients at the hospital contracted infections when sewage leaked down the walls and onto the floor of an operating room. The hospital claims to have fixed its plumbing, but patient safety advocates are saying this is not » Read More

Healing from the Trauma of a Birth Injury

A difficult birth is not only traumatic for the baby; it can also be quite traumatic for the new mother. When a child is born with a birth injury, the mother may experience a wide range of emotions that come to the surface and can create heartache long after the delivery. No matter what a mother has been through, there are steps she can take to heal and feel better. In fact, dealing with the trauma is important for the good health and well-being of both the mother and the child. The following are a few suggestions for healing and moving beyond the challenging experiences that can come with a traumatic birth: Be kind to yourself – You may experience » Read More

The Importance of Plastic Surgeon Certification

Plastic surgery is a growing field and an increasing number of practitioners are offering various cosmetic procedures. Because of the personal nature of plastic surgery and its desired outcomes, it is crucial to find the right professional to perform the procedure. Thorough research can help ensure that doctors have the proper certification for the necessary procedure and patients obtain the results they want. Plastic surgery is a broad term that is often used to describe any number of plastic, reconstructive, or cosmetic procedures, despite the differences between the three types.  Although sometimes these procedures do address a medical condition, most are considered elective. For example, breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, which is considered plastic surgery, and breast augmentation, a cosmetic » Read More

New Jersey Sues Opioid Maker

Governor Chris Christie has devoted his final year in office to fighting the opioid epidemic that is sweeping the nation and the state. Attorney General Chris Porrino announced that the state is going after drugmaker, Insys Therapeutics, for its alleged role in spreading prescription painkillers to a broader population than the drugs were intended for. The four-count lawsuit includes claims that Insys violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act and the New Jersey False Claims Act. The state alleges that the company was pushing its powerful opioid-fentanyl prescription drug, Subsys, for consumption by a wide number of patients at doses higher than what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved. Subsys is meant to be used only by opioid-tolerant cancer » Read More

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