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Medical malpractice myths

With presidential politics in full swing though the election is more than a year away, one of the topics that might get more attention over coming days is medical malpractice. Several candidates have expressed their support for revamping the system and putting caps on compensation.

The unplanned c-section: know when surgery is necessary

In the United States, prenatal care has become a huge part of the pregnancy process. From special vitamins to regular checkups with a woman's doctor, prenatal care is designed to diagnose and prevent potentially serious health problems from developing and causing harm to the mother and/or child. In some cases, doctors may even discuss the option of performing a cesarean section as a way to increase a child's survival and to decrease injuries.

What is the Glasgow Coma Scale?

When a person is in a coma or has suffered a serious brain injury, the medical team might assess the patient's condition. The Glasgow Coma Scale is one tool that can be used to assess patients. This scale provides a score of 3 to 15, which indicates the person's prognosis.

Brain injuries affect the entire person, not just the body

Last week, we discussed some of the effects of brain injuries. If you recall, those effects can be long lasting, life altering and very serious. What some of our readers might not realize is that the effects of a brain injury aren't always apparent right away. In some cases, the effects of the injury might not show up for weeks or months after the injury occurs. That can make life even more challenging after a brain injury.

What type of effects can brain injuries cause?

Brain injuries can affect every aspect of a person's life. While many people might focus on the cognitive and physical effects of a brain injury, some brain injury victims might also suffer from emotional effects of the injury. All of these effects can come together to cause dramatic changes in the victim's life. Additionally, they can also cause dramatic changes for their loved ones. Understanding some points about how the brain injury can affect each of these areas might help those coping with a brain injury.

Did medical negligence lead to Joan Rivers' death?

When patients go into to have an outpatient procedure, they are putting their life in the hands of the doctor. They are trusting that the doctor will do what needs to be done and only what was agreed upon and consented to prior to the start of the procedure. When things go wrong for any reason during an outpatient procedure, it can spell disaster for the patient. Our Kentucky readers who enjoyed Joan Rivers' comedy might find the details surrounding her death rather troubling.

Kentucky researchers study effects of concussions on teens

Two researchers at the University of Kentucky have made some interesting findings on the effects of concussions on young athletes. They studied the emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms that young athletes develop after their injury. They studied 37 athletes ages 12 to 17 years old.

Brain injury patients might benefit from brain implant study

Suffering from any type of brain injury can have an impact on the rest of a person's life. In some cases, the impact is minimal and life returns to normal. When the impact is significant, the long-term effects can be devastating. Research being done by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency might lead to a lessened impact of traumatic brain injuries.

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