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August 2015 Archives

How TBI and ADHD are related

New Mexico parents may be interested in learning more about recent research that links traumatic brain injuries to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. A survey of adult residents in Canada indicates that people with a history of TBI might benefit from being screened for ADHD. Researchers claim they discovered a significant correlation between the two disorders. According to the new study, adults diagnosed with TBI are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than other patients.

Researchers say rare mitochrondrial disease often misdiagnosed

New Mexico readers may be interested to learn that a team of researchers has issued diagnosis recommendations for a rare and often misdiagnosed mitochondrial disease. Their findings were published in the Chinese Medical Journal.

Electronic fetal monitoring increases risks in labor

Many women in New Mexico have electronic fetal monitoring, which is where the physician continuously monitors the baby's heartbeat, during labor and delivery. Studies have repeatedly shown, however, that continuous electronic fetal monitoring does not reduce the likelihood of the baby having problems.

FDA grants approval for Oxycontin prescriptions to some children

In August 2015, the Federal Drug Administration approved extended-release Oxycontin as an appropriate pain medication for children between the ages of 11 and 17 in New Mexico and across the nation. The agency specified that the medication should only be used in situations when a child needs treatment around the clock with dosages above 20 mg per day and if other treatments are not effective. The approval came after studying 155 children who were treated with dosages of more than 20 mg per day of oxycodone for five straight days. Adverse reactions included headaches, constipation, nausea, vomiting and pyrexia.

Antibiotics used in NICUs linked to hearing loss

Many New Mexico infants are treated with aminoglycoside antibiotics after they are admitted to the neonatal intensive care units of hospitals. In fact, 80 percent of the 600,000 infants treated in NICUs across the United States every year receive aminoglycosides during their stay. Now, medical researchers say that these antibiotics can lead to hearing loss, and alternative treatments for infections should be considered.

Mainstream drug may delay rehab for New Mexico patients

Research has indicated that a class of drugs known as anticholinergics may delay a patient's recovery from a brain injury. Such drugs are commonly used to treat bladder issues, insomnia and depression in older people. A study published in Brain Injury followed 52 patients and discovered that those who had a higher level of anticholinergic drug burden had longer hospital stays on average compared to those who had lower levels of it in their system.

Hospitals take proactive approach to malpractice lawsuits

Errors made by doctors or hospitals in New Mexico and around the country lead to approximately 85,000 medical malpractice lawsuits being filed each year. Physicians and medical facilities risk being ordered to pay substantial damages, and malpractice lawsuits could also damage reputations that have taken years or decades to build. Medication mistakes and unnecessary surgeries cause about 19,000 patient deaths every year, and some hospitals are trying to improve patient safety by implementing additional safety protocols.

The future of recording operating room surgeries

As some New Mexico residents may know, surgical mistakes are a small but real risk to patients. One lawmaker is saying that patients should be allowed to record their surgical procedures. In addition, a black box similar to the ones used on airplanes and motor vehicles is being developed for use in the operating room. Both the black box and the use of audiovisual recordings are seen as ways to prevent surgical error.

FDA issues warning over drug mix-ups

On July 31, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert to consumers in New Mexico and nationwide regarding the brand name drugs Brintellix and Brilinta. Apparently, the similarity of the drugs' names has led to dozens of reported cases of medication errors.