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Researchers find that Zika may damage adult brain cells

Whenever the Zika virus is mentioned, people associate it with birth defects and brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. It spread like wildfire across Brazil and South America. A few months ago Zika jumped into the Caribbean and just recently into mainland United States. To date, there is no significant funding or resources allocated to develop a cure. But that hasn't stopped independent researchers, like at Rockefeller University, from investigating the virus.

Three questions you should ask after a surgical error

Surgery errors may sound like an obvious issue, like a forgotten sponge or wrong-site procedure, but not all of them are that obvious. Doctors can commit errors regarding proper technique, method or even using the wrong tool. This post will discuss three questions you may ask after a surgical error.

How do you know if your child suffered a birth injury?

It is a terrible thing to discover that your child has suffered an injury. It is even more devastating when that injury was inflicted when your child was born. These injuries are difficult to diagnose because your child is not yet able to communicate the extent and nature of his or her injuries. Instead, you must rely on the expertise of doctors and instinct.

Commonly misused surgical tools

Doctors are not perfect, which is why there is a team to support and double check them. Multiple nurses and physicians regularly check each others' notes and work to ensure that mistakes are kept to a minimum. While these safety checks are great at catching improper medications and doses, they cannot prevent errors that occur in the surgical room. Unfortunately, doctors are the last line of defense when it comes to correctly using surgical tools.

Tort reform: the solution for high healthcare costs?

Many politicians from both sides of the aisle argue that tort reform is one of the key pillars to control healthcare costs. They claim that physicians practice "defensive medicine" to protect themselves from potential medical malpractice suits. Defensive medicine occurs when doctors run additional (or extraneous) tests to stave off potential medical malpractice. Proponents of reform argue that this dramatically raises health care costs.

Do you need to know more about birth injury claims?

Birth injuries are a devastating blow for any family. The birth of your child should be a joyous day; a day that comes only once or twice in a lifetime. But instead, it is marred because your child is injured. Birth injuries, unfortunately, can be very severe and can require hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat. Plus, there could be costs associated with a lifetime of care. Here is a brief rundown of the issues involved in birth injury cases.

Can MRI's benefit mothers after childbirth?

A study from the University of Michigan sought to answer this question by placing several new mothers through MRIs to measure the extent of their injuries. MRIs are traditionally used in sports medicine after an athlete sustains an injury. The researchers found that new mothers suffer similar injuries as endurance sports athletes and that MRIs are well-placed to identify these injuries to ensure that these mothers receive the treatment they need.

Measuring the severity of a traumatic brain injury

Brain injuries are insidious because the extent of the harm is so difficult to measure. An injury that might be fatal in one situation is relatively minor in another. It also comes down to the individual person and how their body reacts to the trauma. There are two ways to measure traumatic brain injuries: the Glasgow Coma Scale and through the use of cranial topography and magnetic resonance imaging.

Can a birth injury law firm help you?

During the birthing process children are subject to extreme trauma. The human body is designed to absorb and manage this trauma. Unfortunately, mistakes happen. Sometimes doctors use the wrong tools or wait too long to extract. Regardless of the cause, babies can and do suffer injuries. When a child is injured, you may want to contact an attorney that specializes in birth injuries.

Maryland debates creation of no-fault birth injury fund

A state-created task force calls on Maryland to create a 'fund' to provide lifetime medical care to children who suffer from birth-related neurological injuries. The state task force has made this call two times in the past. The fund would be modeled on similar ones started in Virginia and Florida. The purpose of the fund is to allow families to forego the need for litigation to care for their child. The goal is to make it easier for families to obtain compensation and to lower the cost of medical malpractice litigation.

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