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Can a brachial plexus birth injury cause mental health problems?

If a mother's pelvis is not properly shaped or is too small and she attempts to have her baby via natural childbirth, then it's possible that her baby will suffer a brachial plexus birth injury (BPBI) during the delivery process.

A Swedish study, recently published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) journal in March, suggests that children who suffer such injuries as infants have a higher propensity to have mental health issues as teens.

Certain behaviors in seniors strongly indicate elder abuse

A recent study, released by the National Council on Aging, suggests that one out of every 10 seniors over the age of 60 has been taken advantage of because of their age. The type of elder abuse these individuals experience includes verbal, emotional, physical and sexual exploitation or abuse. This population is also often abandoned or neglected by their caregivers.

Another study, recently published by the National Research Council, suggests that only one in 14 cases of these shortcomings in care ever get reported to the proper authorities. Those who ill-treat this population include home health care aides, spouses, nursing home attendants, adult children and other relatives.

Why do doctors often fail to diagnose medical conditions?

Each day across the United States, any number of patients will be wrongfully diagnosed with one condition when they actually have another. There are often one of three reasons misdiagnoses occur.

In one type of situation, doctors may limit their analysis of symptoms only to ones presented by the patient. Instead of asking more probing questions to see if they're presenting with something else, doctors quickly seek the simplest potential cause.

What are some signs that a nursing home is safe for my parent?

Every day across the United States, another family has to make a decision to have their elderly loved one take up ownership in either a nursing or assisted living facility. As much as a family may try to find a place that will cater to the needs of their loved one, one bad worker is all it takes for a potentially fatal incident to occur.

When you're considering different nursing homes for your loved one, it's important to physically go to it and check it out, even if you have to travel to the area to do so. When visiting the facility, you'll want to closely observe how residents are treated, how clean it appears to be, whether it seems that there are safety precautions in place to protect residents and even how the food is.

Foreign objects left inside a patient can prove fatal

Instances in which foreign objects are left inside patients after a surgical procedure are far from being on the decline. In fact, you may even personally know someone who has been affected by such an event. If you don't, a loved one likely knows a person who has had this happen to him or her.

There are some instances in which doctors intentionally leave either plates or screws in a patient's body. In these cases, they're purposefully left there to help a broken bone fuse back together or to keep a medical device or rod in place.

The surgeon isn't the only doctor in the room

Your doctors determined that you need a surgical procedure to fix an injury or cure an illness. You understand that certain risks come with the procedure and that it may not accomplish the goal. You also realize that the surgeon could make a mistake that causes you harm, so you may ask additional questions regarding the experience of the one conducting the procedure.

The answers given may lead you to believe that you will come out of the surgery better off than when you went in for the operation. However, you may have missed the fact that another doctor typically goes into the surgery suite, and that doctor also can hold your life in his or her hands -- the anesthesiologist.

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.

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