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Back-to-school "Santa Clause" visits Detroit

For many children, going back to school is an exciting time. They look forward to seeing their friends and learning more in their favorite classes. As a parent, however, back-to-school season can be bittersweet. The steep costs of back-to-school supplies (averaging nearly $700 per family--and growing every year) can quickly put financial stress on your household.

Surgery centers: For profit or for patients?

Back in 1970, the first surgery center that wasn't in a hospital opened in Phoenix, Arizona. The pioneers who opened the center had a good thought, or so it seemed at the time. Medicare seemed to appreciate the fact that minor surgeries were much less expensive at these freestanding clinics, but there may not have been thought given to patient safety at the time.

Parents need to advocate for their newborns in intensive care

Many different conditions can lead to a baby having to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit. These specialized units can take care of the tiniest newborns, some of whom have serious health concerns. As a parent of a baby in the NICU, you have to be your baby's advocate.

Tobramycin: Powerful drug with serious side effects

Tobramycin is a powerful antibiotic useful in many medical cases. Often used in patients with cystic fibrosis, this antibiotic is only appropriate in specific circumstances. Physicians must carefully consider all options when a patient needs antibiotics because there are benefits and risks to each.

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy condition that kills

Pregnant women must be monitored closely throughout the pregnancy. As she gets closer to her due date, visits with the doctor are likely going to increase. This is because she is at risk of serious health complications that can impact her and the baby once she reaches the 20th week of pregnancy.

Diagnosis errors can greatly harm patients

Some medical conditions are urgent in nature and require an accurate and prompt diagnosis. Some of these conditions include heart attacks and strokes, which necessitate immediate treatment. Other conditions, such as cancer need rapid treatment as well, to attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.

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