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May 2014 Archives

Doctors: be on alert for symptoms of toy magnet ingestion

According to a recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, the number of injuries attributed to ingestion of small toy magnets has increased 300 percent over the last ten years among children under the age of 18. The research was conducted at a Canadian hospital, where it was found that six children had to receive surgery for sepsis—bodily inflammation cause by severe infection—or potential imminent bowel perforation between 2010 and 2012.

Why do birth defects seem to be clustered in parts of Washington?

For expectant parents, the idea that their baby could suffer from a fatal birth defect is practically unthinkable. In many cases, birth defects are based on hereditary or genetic factors; however, in some cases, they can be tied to a particular geographic area where expectant mothers might be exposed to something hazardous.

Report: C-sections may beoverused at many hospitals

Cesarean section is a method of surgically delivering a baby, which is performed either in response to a complication during a vaginal delivery or planned out in advance due to certain unusual circumstances of the pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of American women delivered their babies by C-section in 2011. That is up from five percent back in 1970.

Study looks at safety performance of hospitals

When the average American goes to the doctor for medical services, he or she expects that their provider will exercise a reasonable amount of care and prudence with respect to their safety. Yes, most of us are aware that medical errors can and do occur, but it isn’t easy in many cases to know in advance whether or not one is at significant risk.