Medical Malpractice Law Blog
Study Shows Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy Grows Gray Matter in Brains of Children with Cerebral Palsy
Written by Administrator Monday, 20 May 2013 18:13
For several years, a form of therapy known as Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy, or CI therapy, has been used to help people who have suffered strokes relearn how to use certain parts of their body that they could not make use of due to damage in their brains. It involves constraining the parts of the body that are working properly and forcing patients to use those parts of the body that they no longer use. In many cases, this type of therapy has led to positive results for survivors of strokes who to that point struggled with using one side of their bodies.
Recently, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham decided to try this therapy on children who were struggling with hemiparetic cerebral palsy, or cerebral palsy that tends to affect one side of the body. They chose 10 children who were between the ages of 2 and 7 and put them through three weeks of this therapy. MRI scans were taken on each of them three weeks before the therapy began, just before the therapy began and immediately after completing three weeks of this therapy in order to measure any progress that was made.
Written by Administrator Friday, 17 May 2013 11:21
Epilepsy and autism are both serious medical issues that need to be properly managed by medical professionals in order to minimize the effects of their symptoms. Epilepsy and autism are both lifelong conditions that have no cure available even in the modern medical world. Epilepsy and autism are both disorders that affect the brain and how it functions. Epilepsy and autism are both largely medical mysteries despite an enormous amount of progress that’s been made in recent years. In short, epilepsy and autism have a lot in common, despite the fact that they are two very different medical problems.
However, that final statement could be changing, as researchers in the United Kingdom may have found yet another link between epilepsy and autism, and the findings in their study have at the very least prompted calls for additional analysis of this emerging theory. Those researchers believe that they found a previously unknown link between epileptic seizures and signs of autism in adults, and that finding is creating a swirl of excitement in the medical research community.
Written by Administrator Friday, 17 May 2013 11:04
If you have ever reported to a hospital for surgery, it was obviously because something was wrong and you needed to get that problem taken care of as quickly as possible. Like everyone else, you probably experienced some trepidation with regards to the procedure you were having done, as it’s completely normal to experience anxiety before taking such a step. Hopefully you were not one of the people who experienced complications after surgery, as that clearly adds to the stress of the entire situation and it can involve much more in the way of recovery.
Such a problem can also lead to much more in the way of expense and ultimately of revenue that is paid to the medical care facility, according to the results of a recent study that analyzed the number of patients who suffered from post-surgical complications and then looked into the amount of money that was ultimately paid to those medical facilities. In short, the study revealed that post-surgical complications, whether they were the fault of the hospital or not, led to more money being spent on medical care and more revenue for these facilities.
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 15 May 2013 06:00
Imagine that you have suffered through serious kidney problems for several years. You have been through medications, endless treatments and even some experimental procedures but nothing has worked so far. Finally, you make the difficult decision that it’s time to have your malfunctioning kidney removed before it leads to additional harm. You understand that this is a delicate procedure that will require the utmost in skill from your surgeon, but you are also confident in the fact that many people can live well as long as they have at least one working kidney. As such, your mindset is one that’s positive and strong when you report for surgery.
Now imagine that you wake up from your surgery and you instinctively feel for the bandages that should be over the top of where your kidney used to be, only you don’t find anything there. Instead, you notice that the other side of your body is bandaged and wrapped, and as you struggle to regain your wits after being under general anesthesia you manage to stammer through a question to a nurse that should seem quite obvious: “Why are the bandages on this side of my body?”
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 14 May 2013 14:00
The case that brought about a long and complicated controversy involved a man who suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a gas-powered saw in a basement. He was rushed to the hospital and the man’s family doctor and an emergency room doctor recommended that the man be given 100 percent oxygen as well as medication to limit the damage that ingesting carbon monoxide had done to him. Despite this treatment, the man suffered from brain damage and he sued the doctors for negligence.
The case was brought to trial and the plaintiff and his attorneys had an expert witness testify on his behalf. This expert witness was an internist as well as an expert in providing treatment to patients in hyperbaric chambers. The expert testified at trial that if the patient had been treated in this way, it was his opinion that the man would not have suffered brain damage or at least that the brain damage that he did suffer would not have been as severe. Despite challenges from the defense at trial, the trial judge allowed the testimony.
Written by Administrator Thursday, 09 May 2013 17:32
For several years now, the issue regarding medical malpractice lawsuits and payouts and their effect on the overall cost of healthcare has become increasingly political in nature. Many have pointed to the verdicts and settlements obtained on behalf of injured patients or suddenly grieving families as one of the main reasons that the cost of healthcare has continued to rise. As such, there have been several efforts made on both the state and federal levels to ‘reform’ tort law and to place limits on the amount of damages that can be recovered by way of these legal actions.
Despite all of the noise and all of the rhetoric that has been offered by politicians, there has been little in the way of tangible data that has been brought out to support these claims. Recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins University decided to take a close look at the actual costs associated with medical malpractice payouts and to find out if these payouts did in fact lead to a rise in healthcare costs that are ultimately paid by consumers. Hopefully the results of this study will bring about at least somewhat of an end to this argument.
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 07 May 2013 18:45
If you have ever been sick or injured and you’ve sought the help of a doctor or doctors to help you recover, you probably placed your trust in that doctor’s opinions for many different reasons. You appreciated the fact that you were being given information that you desperately wanted in terms of your recovery and you also appreciated the fact that someone was working for the purpose of helping you. You probably never even considered the possibility that your doctor was making a mistake when he or she was diagnosing you, but instead you began to focus on what you needed to do as a patient to get better as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, not enough people ever consider the reality that doctors are like anyone else in that they are human. They go through an intense period of education and training that pushes them to their limits and that weeds out those people who may not be suited for this profession. Regardless, no amount of training or pressure will ever completely eliminate the mistakes that people will make from time to time as they work with patients.
Written by Administrator Thursday, 02 May 2013 13:51
Taking Valproate During Pregnancy Can Increase Risk of Autism for the Child
Millions of people suffer from different types of conditions known as seizure disorders that include epilepsy and migraine headaches. For years, a medication that’s generally known as valproate has been used by patients to help control the difficult symptoms associated with these conditions. Unfortunately, recent years have led to increased knowledge with regards to the risks associated with using valproate, most prominently by women who used this anti-seizure medication during the early stages of their pregnancies. These risks were generally associated with several types of birth defects including:
- Neural tube malformations
- Cleft palate
- Cleft lip
- Heart defects
- Spina bifida
Unfortunately, a new study has been published with regards to the use of valproate by pregnant women, and a new risk has been identified. That risk involves the apparent tendency for women who use this medication during this time to have children who will ultimately be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:03
Most people by now have heard the disturbing news regarding the explosion of autism diagnoses in the United States in recent years. People understand that 1 in every 88 children born in the country is ultimately diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and when a trend like this one is uncovered it tends to send medical researchers scrambling as they attempt to find out what is happening and why it is happening. That’s why recent years have led to the unveiling of several different hypotheses as to why so many American children are diagnosed with autism, and while some of them do not seem to be serious, others very much are and they are met with surprise if not shock.
One such revelation was recently made in an article published by The Daily Beast’s online magazine known as Women in the World. The long and detailed article was not even necessarily written to focus on autism, but instead was written to explore the potential dangers of pregnant women having several ultrasound scans done while their children are in the womb. However, the piece goes on to describe what appears to be a growing concern among medical professionals regarding the possibility that the waves that are sent into the mother’s womb by these ultrasound machines could have something to do with this skyrocketing autism rate.
- Researchers May Have Discovered Vaccine for Common Autism Symptoms
- Study Connects Autism with Creases in the Placenta
- Study from England Challenges Several Generally Held Beliefs Regarding Autism and Communication
- Swedish Study Cautiously Identifies Potential Link Between Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and Autism
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