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February 2014 Archives

How Are Surgical Patients Exposed To Incurable Brain Disease?

Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) is an untreatable brain diseasebrainscan-thumb-170x113-32809.jpg affecting one in one million people each year. It is thankful that CJD is rare, because it is often regarded as the human version of "mad cow" disease, quickly transforming healthy brain proteins into unhealthy cells. This is what makes news from a North Carolina hospital so disturbing.

Pregnant Moms Receive Painkiller Meds Despite Safety Concerns

A recent study reveals that 14 percent of pregnant women in the U.S.pregnantultrasound-thumb-170x255-32736.jpg are prescribed powerful painkillers by their doctors. The statistic is particularly unsettling because there is little research about the effects of narcotics on unborn children.

Family To Receive $9M For Complications Causing Cerebral Palsy

A family recently settled its lawsuit against a Hawaii military hospital for birth injuriespregnant-thumb-155x147-24272.jpg that caused a boy to develop cerebral palsy. The lawsuit listed disturbing details about doctors' actions preceding the emergency c-section birth of Noah Whitney, now 3.

Surgeon's Egotism, Drug Use Caused Patients' Paralysis, Death

The former patients of a surgeonsurgeons-thumb-170x113-32293.jpg recently filed lawsuits against the hospital that hosted him, arguing that it had knowledge that the doctor was an "an egomaniac, mentally ill, an alcoholic, drug addict or a combination thereof."

Study: Gender-Specific Therapy For Brain Injuries Looks Promising

The medical community has long been aware that oxygen deprivationneurons-thumb-170x166-31987.jpg before and during birth causes worse brain damage in boys than girls, but the reasons why have proved elusive. A recent study provides exciting insight into the differences between female and male brain neurons after oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia.

Infant's Skull Crushed In Forceps Delivery; Suit Will Be Filed

A young couple is pleading for all doctors to discontinue use of forcepsbabyfeet-thumb-166x110-29275.jpg in deliveries after their daughter's skull was fractured. Their baby lived for only five days before dying from severe brain damage allegedly caused by their obstetrician's negligent delivery.