From 2009 to 2013, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) doubled in the United States. To help determine the cause for the increase, a recent study reviewed the risks of NAS on infants whose mothers underwent surgery during pregnancy.
Obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists, immunologists and bioengineers are just a sampling of the specialists from Stanford that have been working together over the last ten years to determine the basic causes of preterm birth. The goal of the study: identify and reduce the risk of preterm birth.
Physicians often use voice dictation or transcription services to help keep medical records or put together discharge instructions for patients. Although convenient, the process can lead to errors.
Doctors sometimes make mistakes. They may study and train for years before they can practice medicine, but they are still only human. Mistakes are inevitable. The problem is that doctors' mistakes often involve our health and well-being, even our lives. And many of their most common mistakes can-and should-be avoided.
Knowing what to look out for and what to expect are key steps in protecting your child's health. Which is why you check their temperature when they don't feel well - you're monitoring a potential warning sign. You put sunscreen on them before going outside because you know sun exposure leads to sunburn and, long term, potential skin cancer.
As an expectant parent, you trust your doctor to guide you through a healthy pregnancy and delivery. You probably cannot fathom that a medical professional would do something to harm you or your baby.
One of the most challenging things to hear in a medical office is a cancer diagnosis. Most people know the reputation surrounding cancer and the long process that follows the heartbreaking diagnosis. However, there is something much worse than a cancer diagnosis.