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What caused my baby's cerebral palsy?

While raising any child can be difficult, special needs children place unique demands on parents. If your child was either born with or developed cerebral palsy early on, then you likely are beginning to understand that he or she will need round-the-clock treatment, support and care for the rest of his or her life.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a type of brain injury that can impact different individuals. Symptoms range from mild to severe. The condition generally robs individuals of their ability to maintain a comfortable upright posture or freely move. This often causes the afflicted individual to exhibit sporadic muscle tightness and involuntary reflexive body movements.

Arizona prison officials accused of delaying inmate medical care

A physician who formerly worked within the Arizona state prison system was called to testify about the quality of care it offers inmates. The doctor spoke at a hearing in Phoenix on Tuesday, Feb. 27. During that hearing, she recounted how, in numerous instances, requests for inmates to receive urgent medical attention or consultations with specialists were denied.

At the hearing, the physician highlighted one case in which an inmate was suspected to be suffering from some type of infectious disease. That inmate was told that no one was available on staff to properly diagnose what it was.

Severe heart conditions are downgraded 90 percent of the time

Heart disease kills one out of every four women in the United States, easily making it the leading cause of death among females in this country.

Research shows that as many as 90 percent of all American women and men often show tell tale signs of chest discomfort indicative of a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction (AMI). These symptoms are often chalked up to be far less serious than they really are, though. Since AMI often isn't accompanied by chest pain, it and other potentially fatal heart disorders often are misdiagnosed as acid reflux or minor conditions.

How a airbag device may greatly reduce nursing home hip injuries

As we age, our ability to balance declines. Each year, at least 300,000 seniors age 65 and older are hospitalized with hip fractures. 95 percent of these fractures are caused by falls.

One of the many tell-tale signs of nursing home abuse and neglect is when residents experience falls. Often times, they occur because a resident is left unattended. If that person needs to get around to the restroom or to venture out into the hallway, they may try without a walker or necessary support of facility staff.

Were you the victim of a wrong-site surgery?

When you found out that you needed surgery, you may have felt frightened and apprehensive about the prospect. Of course, you likely understood that the procedure was necessary in order to address your medical condition, and you also likely trusted your doctor's judgment in suggesting the operation. After all, medical professionals have the knowledge and training to address such issues.

After you underwent surgery, you may have expected to learn that the operation resulted in a successful outcome. Unfortunately, you may have awoken from the anesthesia only to find out that the surgeon had operated on the wrong part of your body. During your shock and dismay, you undoubtedly wondered how such a mistake could have occurred.

Severed bowels and bladders are serious C-section complications

Many women go into the birthing process hoping for a natural birth; however, one in every three pregnant women in the United States end up having a Caesarean section. Often times these surgeries are emergency ones.

Due to the urgent nature of the procedure, doctors often don't sit down to go over the pros and cons of the surgery or even give you an option as to whether to move forward with it. This may shed light on some of the reasons complications can result for those who have C-sections performed on them.

A second opinion before surgery is critical

Let's face it. Medical conditions are not always easily diagnosed, especially if you're believed to be suffering from a rare illness, are presenting with complex symptoms or your disease has already reached an advanced stage. That's why many medical experts note that any patient who's told their best option involves surgery should first get a second opinion.

One important benefit of seeking out a second doctor's diagnosis of your medical condition is that the next physician may rely on a different approach for determining what's making you ill.

Blood tests may lead to earlier Alzheimer diagnoses in the future

Although most aren't diagnosed with Alzeimer's disease until they reach their 60s, early signs of the debilitating illness start appearing as early as 20 years before that. If doctors were to recognize those earliest signs of disease, they'd likely be able to prescribe drugs already in existence on the market that could greatly slow memory loss that's associated with it.

A study, published in the Nature journal on Jan. 31, highlights how studies that have been conducted in Australia and Japan have given way to doctors being able to better detect patient's early signs of Alzheimer's disease. It highlights how they've come to associate the presence of amyloid proteins in a patient's blood with early signs of the disease.

Victim of medical malpractice? Who is responsible?

Every year, a vast majority of Arizona residents seek medical help for one reason or another. Most walk away unharmed and even better off. There are a few, though, who may suffer physical and psychological injuries due to medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice can be a confusing thing. Some people who believe they are victims of malpractice are not. Medical providers are, according to the law, allowed to make mistakes. What they cannot do is breach their professional duty, causing their patients to suffer harm.

What are some of the most common signs of nursing home neglect?

Data compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that nearly 1.5 million American adults age 65 or older reside in nursing homes. This number is expected to continue to rise to as high as 3 million by 2030.

With that prospect not all that far out in the distance, it's important that the loved ones of those who'll be living in this type setting become educated as to signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.

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