All preterm babies face a difficult road. Being born prematurely puts infants at risk for a host of medical complications and issues, including cerebral palsy. Not all premature babies are born with cerebral palsy. However, nearly half of babies born with cerebral palsy were premature. There is a connection between early birth, low birth weight,...
A central California doctor is facing up to 20 years in prison after he pled guilty to implanting cheap, unapproved birth control devices in unknowing patients from 2008 through 2012. Dr. Paul S. Singh, an OB-GYN from Tehachapi, California, spent four years purchasing copper intrauterine devices (IUDs) online from overseas vendors. The devices were not...
Some jobs do not take much skill or concentration. For these workers, smoking marijuana while at work may not be dangerous at all. Most of these people, however, are not neurosurgeons. In September, the Medical Board of California filed a complaint against a UC San Diego doctor who they accused of smoking marijuana daily, even...
During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes in a myriad of ways. While the majority of these changes benefit both the mother and her baby, some women’s bodies react to the changes of pregnancy poorly. The body may begin reacting differently to normal hormones, which may affect the success of the pregnancy. For nearly 18% of...
Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons that patients visit the emergency room. While many times these pains are related to gastric distress, reproductive system disorders, or other relatively benign causes, sometimes this pain is actually coming from an inflamed or ruptured appendix.   Because abdominal pain is so common, doctors can miss...
Could a vehicle passenger be responsible for paying damages in a car accident lawsuit? According to a recent California Court of Appeals case, the answer seems to be yes. In 2009, Brandon Coleman was driving a car with two passengers on the way to a drug store. As the car traveled over a hilly road...
Epilepsy is a common and often debilitating brain disorder which can affect up to 4% of the country’s population. People who suffer from epilepsy are plagued by seizures, which can range from brief episodes which are barely noticeable to long, convulsive medical emergencies. Epilepsy can be either genetic or acquired, meaning that the condition may...
For patients with medication allergies, taking the wrong prescription can be a dangerous, even deadly mistake. Patients have a responsibility to inform their physician of any known allergies, and doctors and health care professionals have a responsibility to prescribe medication which will not trigger a reaction. When a patient is allergic to a medication, it...
Every year, approximately 12 million Americans are given an incorrect diagnosis. According to a study published in the journal BJM Quality and Safety, this means that 1 in 20 adult patients may be misdiagnosed. A misdiagnosis could mean that a person’s condition goes untreated, or the person could be given treatment for the wrong condition....
Doctors rely on a wide variety of test results in order to make a correct diagnosis. One of these tests, known as a lumbar puncture (LP), allows doctors to analyze the contents of a person’s cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid can help physicians diagnose and treat multiple different illnesses, depending on the results of the test....
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