Research shows potential connection between brain functioning and preterm delivery, P.2

Previously, we began looking at a recent study which found a potential connection between preterm delivery and lack of neural connectivity in a specific region of the brain. As we noted, it isn’t known yet exactly what the connection is, if any, between preterm delivery and lack of neural connectivity, nor is it known what causative factors are at play in these observations.

From a scientific standpoint, of course, more research needs to be done on the issue. This research very possibly could impact the way obstetricians do their work. One of the particularly important ways the research could affect obstetrics is by giving physicians a possible way to identify another risk factor for preterm delivery. Identify lack of neural connectivity as a risk factor for preterm delivery could help physicians better address the risks associated with preterm delivery. 

Another way the ongoing research could impact obstetrics is by helping to identify some of the underlying causes of lack of neural connectivity, and whatever relationship it has with preterm delivery. Identifying and clarifying those causes and connections could potentially allow practitioners to minimize the probability of preterm delivery by addressing its causes early on.

All of this, of course, would be very relevant to the issue of medical malpractice. Physicians are not expected to be perfect, but they are legally bound to follow basic standards of care in patient care. In medical malpractice litigation, these standards are critical to clearly identify and map out in relationship to the course of action taken by the physician.

Building a strong medical malpractice case is not easy, and it is important to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to establish a strong medical basis for liability, as well as for damages.

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