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Study: Will wearable devices reduce pregnancy complications?

Technological advances impact every part of our lives. Applications help everything from how we choose a restaurant to how we navigate our commute to the office. These advances even play a role in health care, a role that will continue to grow.

One example of an area that will likely expand its use of technology in the near future: prenatal care. Researchers think a new device could help to tackle the growing problem of maternal mortality rates in the United States. More specifically, the researchers claim wearable technology could help to better ensure a safe labor and delivery.

Mother dies in childbirth, family sues: 2 lessons from their case

This was not her first delivery. The mother came to the hospital with plans to welcome her fourth baby into the family. Complications during the labor and delivery process led to excessive bleeding. Family and other medical experts accused the medical staff attending to the delivery of causing the bleeding and failing to properly manage the mother's injuries. As a result of these injuries, the mother died. Shortly after her death, the baby was born.

FDA pushes for safer use of surgical staples

The United States Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing for doctors and manufacturers of medical staples to reconsider their use during surgical procedures. In some cases, a review of patient records found the staples to lead to serious injury and death.

Study finds head circumference better gauge for C-section

Women who receive prenatal care expect their physician to watch for potential issues as their pregnancy progresses. This can include monitoring development of the fetus for triggers that may indicate the need for a cesarean section delivery (C-section) as opposed to traditional vaginal birth. A recent study found that physicians would be able to better predict the need for a C-section by using the fetus' head circumference, as opposed to estimated birthweight, to guide this decision.

Trauma: A Significant Risk For Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is a wonderful, complex thing. The idea that a human being can grow another human being in their womb never ceases to amaze. Many bodily processes take place to successfully develop the fetus and prepare a pregnant woman for giving birth. Unfortunately, there are also many things that can go wrong during a pregnancy, placing the life of the mother and child at risk. 

For one in 12 pregnancies, trauma is one of those things. Let's look at some of the most common types of trauma inflicted on pregnant women. 

Common pregnancy complications in the U.S.

Recent reports have unearthed some serious concerns about maternal mortality in the United States. A six-month long investigation conducted by NPR and Pro Publica discovered the U.S. has the worst record for maternal mortality compared to any other developed country in the world.

What are common complications that lead to injury during pregnancy? Two of the most common complications during pregnancy in the United States often include:

Study: Colorectal cancer misdiagnosis rates in young patients

Medical professionals generally associate colorectal cancer as a disease most likely in older members of the population. This serious disease often presents with symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, bloody stools, gas, cramps, fatigue and unexplained weight loss. Patients presenting with these symptoms may require additional testing to determine if cancer is present. This can include a colonoscopy.

In the past, the American Cancer Society has recommended screening for this disease beginning at age 50. However, recent research has shown an increase in the number of younger people with this form of cancer. As a result, the group lowered the recommendation to 45.

New study calls doctors to reduce maternal mortality rate in US

The United States is progressive in many areas but continues to lack the ability to provide quality medical care for pregnant women. Women in the U.S. are more likely to suffer fatal complications resulting from pregnancy, labor and delivery than any other high-income country.

How can we address this problem? A recent publication in the New England Journal of Medicine has some suggestions. The authors of the article call for change, stating the following steps can reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S.:

What is uterine rupture?

A uterine rupture occurs when there is tearing within the uterus, usually during labor. It can result in the fetus entering the mother's abdominal cavity. This catastrophic complication can result in the death of infant and mother.

The risk of a uterine rupture increases during a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC). VBACs are not uncommon. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports over 100,000 VBACs throughout the United States annually.

Birth asphyxia and med mal: Are legal remedies available?

Complications can occur during labor and delivery. One complication that can have long-term effects on an infant is birth asphyxia. 

What is birth asphyxia?

Birth asphyxia is a term that refers to deprivation of oxygen to the infant during the labor and delivery process. Depending on the amount of time the infant suffers from deprivation, the infant could suffer from a brain injury called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). 

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