Childbirth can be both an incredible human feat for the mother and a challenge for the mother and child. Difficulties during childbirth can threaten the health and well-being of both the mother and the infant. In fact, nearly 30,000 infants become injured during childbirth each year in the United States.
When Ohio residents visit a hospital or doctor, they are relying on a professional's judgment. While prescription medication can be an important part of restoring health and treating illness, medication errors can also be a common cause of patient injuries. Because prescription medicines can have serious side effects or interactions with other medicine, it is important that the initial prescription be correctly dispensed. Side effects that may be tolerable for the drug's other beneficial effects may become intolerable if the medication is actually unnecessary or ineffective.
When a child is born with brain damage, this can be hard for a parent to accept. Not only can birth complications be traumatizing for the mother, but knowing that your child will have a life-long disability can be overwhelming. It can potentially lead to parental mental health issues as well as problems bonding with the child.
Early May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning about a battery-depletion problem in some Medtronic pacemakers. Although no recall was issued, the FDA warns patients who use certain models of Medtronic pacemakers to be watchful for signs of a low battery.
Lewy body dementia can be confused with the dementia that results from Alzheimer's disease. In fact, a recent survey from the Lewy Body Dementia Association found that 80% of participants with LBD were misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer's. These patients had to see an average of three doctors before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Ohio residents may want to hear about the experiences of one patient advocate who was similarly misdiagnosed.
Each baby develops at his or her own pace, but some motor delays may indicate a more serious condition. If your baby or toddler is failing to meet developmental milestones, discuss your concerns with a pediatrician.