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November 2014 Archives

The effects of TBI

Although traumatic brain injury has received a great deal of attention for its connections to sports, there are numerous additional ways in which New Mexico residents could suffer such injuries. One of the most significant concerns for those who deal with TBI may be the effects on one's quality of life.

An explanation of preeclampsia

Preeclampsia occurs when pregnant women develop protein in their urine and high blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Soon-to-be mothers in New Mexico might need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia, which is also called pregnancy-induced hypertension and toxemia, if they have an autoimmune disorder such as diabetes, they are older than 35, this is their first pregnancy, they are having multiple babies or they are obese.

What treatments are available for brachial plexus palsy?

New Mexico parents might like to learn about the various treatment options for brachial plexus birth palsy. Although the majority of babies with this birth defect eventually improve by themselves through a two-year period, many people choose to have the child examined by a physician to oversee with the recovery process.

How are hospitals negligent in medical malpractice cases?

New Mexico patients who are injured while receiving treatment for an existing injury or illness often want to place the blame solely on the medical professionals who treated them. However, they might do well to remember that hospitals and other health care facilities could be held accountable for their injuries as well, whether the injuries were the result of their own negligence or the negligence of their employees.

Albuquerque wrongful death issues

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or wrongful actions of another person, you are most likely going to experience significant financial losses in addition to the emotional grief you are experiencing. Although filing a wrongful death case against the person whose actions caused your loved ones death will not replace him or her, compensation and damages received through such a claim can help to minimize the financial losses you have suffered because of their passing.

Communication problems and traumatic brain injuries

For the families of people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the medical malpractice of a medical professional in New Mexico, the effect on their loved one's communication can be devastating. Communication skills can be significantly impaired following a traumatic brain injury, depending on where in the brain the injury occurred and how widespread in the brain the injury was.

How the IPASS system may reduce medical errors

Although medical errors have become increasingly rare in the modern health care system, on the infrequent occasions when do occur in hospitals, they have the potential to be devastating and even life-threatening. Patients in New Mexico may be interested in reading about a new form of inter-doctor communication that has the potential to reduce medical errors by as much as 30 percent, according to experts from the Harvard Medical School who are currently studying the system, known as IPASS.

Young individuals suffering a stroke often misdiagnosed

New Mexico residents may have some idea of the symptoms that an individual may suffer when they are having a stroke. Medical staff are also usually quick to diagnose and treat older adults. However, according to a 2009 study, young individuals who are suffering from a stroke are sometimes misdiagnosed when they are brought to the emergency room.