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Gaps in nurses' knowledge fuels increases in maternal mortalities

A recent investigation was conducted to try to shed more light on why there have been increases in rates of maternal death in the United States. Researchers have found evidence to suggest that medical professionals are often too slow in identifying warning signs that new mothers are not healing as well as they should be following a birth.

Another study suggests that many postpartum nurses lack necessary expertise about the risks of injury or death new mothers face as well.

Man sues for lack of withdrawal treatment in Cuyahoga County Jail

Many people who are sentenced to jail in Ohio and throughout the country are suffering from alcohol and/or drug addiction. When they're suddenly cut off from the substance(s) to which they're addicted, they can suffer serious withdrawal symptoms that need to be treated by trained medical professionals.

A 29-year-old Cleveland man is suing Cuyahoga County and The MetroHealth System, among others because he says that while he was in the county jail going through withdrawal from alcohol and drugs, his symptoms were ignored. The man was in the jail for nearly three weeks in September 2016 on a drug charge.

Can I sue my doctor if I get addicted to opioids?

In recent years, the prevalence of opioids in pain management has given way to what many pundits call an epidemic swallowing up large swaths of suburban and rural America. These drugs, which are highly addictive, came to patients who may or may not have needed them, and left many of them scrambling to keep their lives together.

Rarely has the power of a drug demonstrated itself as clearly and frighteningly as opioid painkillers. While the companies who develop and distribute these drugs built very careful legal protections around themselves to avoid costly litigation, many patients find success bringing lawsuits against individual practitioners.

Medication dosages present challenges to parents

Being a parent to a sick child is a harrowing experience. Grumpy, tearful children can be taxing. It's in these moments that parents most want to relieve a child's pain -- and a time when it's likely to accidentally cause more of it.

Parents may give the wrong dosage or even the wrong medication to a child, which can be dangerous, especially to infants. A caregiver may misread a doctor's instructions because they are too complicated or poorly written to understand. Making sure that you aren't giving to a medication is another vital step that might be missed by stressed parents who are just trying to help their kids get well.

Doctor's impatience leads to permanent injuries for newborn

Could an impatient doctor cause your newborn permanent injuries and a lifetime of trouble?

That's exactly what happened to one child born in Pennsylvania when his mother's gynecologist rushed to use the forceps -- long before there was any necessity to do so.

Test can now specifically identify Lyme disease

Each year, there are approximately 300,000 cases of Lyme disease diagnosed in the U.S. Most of these cases are found in the upper Midwest and the northeast. In 2015, Lyme disease confirmed diagnoses came from 14 states.

Lyme disease is caused by a bite from a blacklegged tick that is infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. Researchers with Colorado State University and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pleased with the results of their testing, as an early diagnosis of Lyme disease can help limit more severe symptoms.

Obstetric fistulas are preventable birth injuries to the mother

Not all birth injuries occur to the baby -- sometimes the new mother's body is left virtually torn apart by inept medical care.

That's the case with most obstetric fistulas in this country. While still a common condition in some parts of the world where girls often have babies before their bodies fully develop and medical care is spotty or unavailable, obstetric fistulas are now rare in more developed countries.

Misdiagnosis of a delayed onset injuries is a serious risk

Maybe you're driving on a road you drive all the time, or maybe you're in unfamiliar territory. Suddenly, your good day takes a turn for the worse, and another car strikes you. At first, a thousand things run through your mind, but as the dust settles, you find that you weren't injured beyond some shaken nerves. In fact, other than some vehicle damage, it looks like both you and the other driver got lucky today.

Then a couple days later, you begin to feel pain or discomfort. It's only little at first, but then it grows. Unfortunately, this is a far more common tale than you might think. Car accidents regularly cause a whole class of injuries that do not display themselves for days or even weeks after the collision.

Medication mistakes are on the rise

Pharmaceuticals and other medical interventions have eradicated diseases and are helping Americans lead happier, healthier lives every day. However, the increasing rate of medication comes with the price of more mistakes made by patients, caregivers and medical professionals.

The rate of serious mistakes made with medication has doubled in less than 20 years, according a new study co-authored by an Ohio research scientist. Most mistakes of any kind are not included in this study but Nichole Hodges with the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, believes reality may be worse than the findings.

Lawsuit filed by transgender patient when ovaries are removed

One doctor who has devoted much of her medical practice to helping transgender patients has been named as a defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by a 37-year-old woman who went to the physician because of menstruation problems. According to the complaint, a hysterectomy was scheduled that would include the removal of her uterus, both Fallopian tubes and one ovary. The second ovary was to remain so that she would still receive natural hormones and could still have a biological child someday.

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