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Nov 19, 2018

What is Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Newborns?

By |November 19th, 2018|Birth Injury|Comments Off on What is Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Newborns?

Most labor and deliveries go exactly as planned, with mother and baby both healthy and happy. However, there are instances where things go wrong and the child suffers a birth injury. Sometimes these injuries can't be avoided. Sometimes they occur due to negligence and improper care. Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a condition in some newborns characterized by breathing difficulties. It happens when the baby's body fails to produce enough [...]

Nov 15, 2018

Women More Likely to Survive Heart Attacks When Treated by Female Doctors

By |November 15th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|Comments Off on Women More Likely to Survive Heart Attacks When Treated by Female Doctors

We've known for a long time that women have a higher risk of dying from heart attacks than men. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. However, researchers have been unsure about the causes of this gender gap. A recently released study may shed some light on the issue, and interestingly, it may have something to do with the gender of [...]

Nov 12, 2018

Infrared Light Technology May Detect Brain Injury in Newborns

By |November 12th, 2018|Birth Injury|Comments Off on Infrared Light Technology May Detect Brain Injury in Newborns

Researchers at University College London believe they've made a huge leap forward in detecting and treating birth injuries with the development of a new technology called NIRS. NIRS, broadband near-infrared spectroscopy, uses light to detect brain damage in infants. The research team is now planning a formal clinical trial of the device. The NIRS spectroscopic method uses the near-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum to literally shine a light into [...]

Nov 5, 2018

Organs from One Donor Gave Cancer to Four Recipients

By |November 5th, 2018|Personal Injury|Comments Off on Organs from One Donor Gave Cancer to Four Recipients

A recent report in the American Journal of Transplantation described a rare and “extraordinary” case in Europe, where donated organs from a 53-year-old woman spread breast cancer to four different transplant recipients. According to the report, four recipients developed cancer years after their transplants, and three of the four eventually died. The donor died from bleeding in the brain; physical exams, lab testing, ultrasounds, and x-rays showed at the time [...]

Nov 1, 2018

Spinal Cord Implant Allows Three Paralyzed Patients to Walk

By |November 1st, 2018|Spinal Cord Injury|Comments Off on Spinal Cord Implant Allows Three Paralyzed Patients to Walk

Two recently released studies show that a new treatment for spinal injuries has helped three patients with paralysis defy the odds and walk again. This surgically implanted device sends electrical impulses to the spine, mimicking the signals the brain would send before paralysis. These studies were published in two separate scientific journals in September – the New England Journal of Medicine and Nature Medicine. In the first study from the [...]

Oct 29, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injury Claims the Life of High School Football Player

By |October 29th, 2018|Brain Injury|Comments Off on Traumatic Brain Injury Claims the Life of High School Football Player

A 16-year-old Georgia high school football player died on September 30, two days after collapsing on the sidelines during a game at Pike County High School in Zebulon. Although there were no immediate signs or cause of his collapse, a recently released coroner's report shows that the teen died of cardiac arrest as a result of traumatic brain injury. Officials stopped play in the third quarter of the football game [...]

Oct 25, 2018

The Dangers of a Misdiagnosed Spinal Cord Abscess

By |October 25th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|Comments Off on The Dangers of a Misdiagnosed Spinal Cord Abscess

Also called an epidural abscess, a spinal cord abscess is a potentially fatal infection located on or against the spinal cord. These infections, although rare, can be easily missed by some physicians, leading to catastrophic and lifelong effects on the patient. What is a spinal cord abscess? A spinal cord abscess (SCA) occurs when the space between the spine and the spinal cord lining becomes infected. A pocket-like area of [...]

Oct 22, 2018

Deadly Truck Accidents Are Increasing – Who Is Culpable?

By |October 22nd, 2018|Truck Accidents|Comments Off on Deadly Truck Accidents Are Increasing – Who Is Culpable?

The news is full of tragic stories about tractor-trailer accidents with smaller cars. Rear-end collisions, especially, are often fatal for the drivers and passengers of these vehicles – even though they're among the most preventable with the right technology. Yet, as driver technologies improve, accident rates continue to increase. Why? The Kansas City Star reports that data collected from 2016 shows more than 4,300 deaths from truck accidents – a [...]

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