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Group B strep: harmless to adults, but dangerous for newborns

When you think of the strep bacteria, you probably think about strep throat. While this sickness is uncomfortable, you probably would not be too worried if a doctor diagnosed you with it. Bacteria like streptococcus may present little threat to adults with fully functioning immune systems, but they can present a grave threat to infants whose immune systems are not yet able to protect them. One variety of the streptococcus bacteria is especially risky for little ones.

Group B strep is not the type of streptococcus bacteria that causes strep throat. About a quarter of adult women in America carry this bacterium in their bodies. Unlike Group A strep, which causes strep throat, Group B strep presents such a little threat to adults that a mother-to-be may not even realize she is carrying this bacterium. However, if an expectant mother is carrying Group B strep, the bacteria can infect her baby during birth and cause the baby serious harm.

Strokes have an unfortunate history of misdiagnosis

A hospital is a place where problems are discovered, diagnosed, and treated. With a bevy of medical professionals staffing its halls, most patients believe that a doctor’s orders are sacrosanct and whatever they say goes. But the fact of the matter is that doctors can make errors. And sometimes those errors yield deadly results.

Errors don’t even come exclusively with obscure conditions. For instance, strokes can happen to people from all walks and stages of life. It’s the primary cause of serious disability and death in the United States, and it has an unfortunate history of misdiagnosis. Which is unfortunate, not only because it can be debilitating, but also because surviving a stroke means there’s still a greater chance of a second stroke coming later. So why does it end up getting misdiagnosed?

What is the APGAR score for newborns?

Whether you are pregnant and learning all you can about childbirth or if you’ve recently delivered a baby, you may have heard of the APGAR Score. It sounds a little intimidating, but it’s simply a quick evaluation of newborns.

Medical professionals conduct the evaluation twice – one minute after birth and again at five minutes after birth – and is a quick way for medical professionals to determine if a baby appears healthy. If a newborn does not score well, further medical care may be necessary.

How do infants break their collarbones during delivery?

You place a great deal of trust in the person you choose to deliver your child. Whether it is your first child or your fourth, you entrust your life and the life of your unborn child to this person. The person you choose should be knowledgeable and experienced to deliver your child with as few complications as possible.

One way to prevent birth injuries like broken infant collarbones is to identify risk factors ahead of time. Infants are susceptible to broken bones, but some may be preventable.

Without a proper oxygen supply, this birth injury comes into play

In hospital delivery rooms, emotions often run high. Childbirth can be a stressful yet joyous occasion. Bringing new life into the world is a complicated process, one that makes a mother and father grateful for the presence of trained medical personnel in the room. Because while emotions may be running high, there's a sense of safety, right?

Well, the fact of the matter is that mistakes and errors can occur. You'd think that in a delivery room they'd be prepared for any and all situations, but complications do arise. And when a "quick fix" isn't so easy, birth injuries become all the more likely. One such birth injury is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

One hospital provides three examples of medical malpractice

The need for medical care can come at any point in life. We, as patients and those who support loved ones who need medical care, expect quality care. We do not expect negligent and reckless actions by medical professionals to result in injuries. When this is the case, a medical malpractice case could exist.

Early lung cancer detection crucial for survival

No one ever wants to hear that they have cancer. Yet, most would like to know as soon as possible so that they could receive treatment. Survival rates are far better for lung cancer patients in the early stages, yet doctors only diagnose roughly one-eighth of all lung cancer cases before the disease spreads to other parts of the body.

Clearly, early detection is especially important when it comes to lung cancer. Yet, doctors often make diagnoses after the disease’s most treatable stages. Why is this? There is one possible reason.

What are five symptoms of placental abruption?

Expectant parents anxiously and excitedly await the day when their little one will arrive. While pregnancy and the birth of a baby should be an exciting and joyous time, it can quickly turn stressful and difficult if pregnancy complications arise.

The March of Dimes cites that placental abruption only affects about one out of 100 women. However, it is a serious complication that could have catastrophic consequences.

CMS accuses MD Anderson of putting patients in jeopardy

The Untied States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently accused the nationally recognized MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of serious patient care deficiencies. The accusations came after the agency investigated of the facility. The agency reported it found at least three instances that put patients in “immediate jeopardy” as well as deficiencies in 9 of the 23 areas investigated.

Drug manufacturer loses attempt to throw out birth defect lawsuit

The off-label use of medications can result in serious injury. A recent case involving a medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use by chemotherapy or radiation therapy patients provides an example.

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