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What Causes Cerebral Palsy in Infants?

In infants, cerebral palsy is the result of a brain injury or brain malformation that occurs before, during, or right after birth, when an infant’s brain is most vulnerable. The impact it may have on ...
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Texas Ranks as Highest Maternal Mortality Rate in Developed World

For a state that offers world-class medicine, and is home to the Houston Medical Center, Texas should be profoundly ashamed of its ranking in a very important index of obstetrical care. According to ...
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Types of Medication Mistakes

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), between the years 1993 to 1998, most fatal medication errors are related to the wrong prescribed dosage. The FDA also estimates that about 1.3 ...
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Injuries Caused by Improper Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy can be beneficial when used correctly, but when it is done improperly, it can cause devastating injury. Our team explains what some of the causes of injuries are, what injuries can ...
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Complications of Hyponatremia

Hyponatremia is the name for abnormally low sodium levels in the blood. A number of underlying conditions in the human body can result in the sodium becoming diluted, increasing the water in the body ...
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Mistakes in Newborn Intubation

The moments immediately following the birth of a baby are supposed to be the best time for a mother. They get to hold their baby for the first time and begin bonding. Unfortunately, if something goes ...
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What Is Cephalopelvic Disproportion?

Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) is a complication of pregnancy in which the size of the baby’s head is disproportionate to the size of the mother’s pelvis – a condition that can result in difficulty ...
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Risks of Fetal Macrosomia

During a woman’s pregnancy, there is potential for the baby to grow beyond the average size of seven pounds, eight ounces. When the baby weighs more than eight pounds, thirteen ounces, the World ...
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Types of Encephalopathy

Commonly used as a general term for a brain disorder or disease, encephalopathy is a serious condition that impacts the function of the brain. The severity of the abnormality varies, and can be ...
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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Medical Negligence Lawyer

If you or your loved one has been seriously injured by a medical professional — a doctor, nurse, obstetrician, surgeon, anesthesiologist, etc. —who do you turn to? With all of the lawyers claiming ...
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NICU Errors

Babies who are born prematurely often have breathing issues, as well as other conditions, and may require admission into the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for additional care and ...
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The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to a new study published in the BMJ — formerly the British Medical Journal — researchers have determined that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States [1] , ...
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Issues Concerning C-Section Delivery

Birth injury cases typically deal with the questions revolving around cesarean section. Should nursing personnel have recognized ominous fetal heart strip patterns that signaled the need for emergency ...
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The Role of Pitocin in Labor and Delivery

Pitocin (oxytocin) is a hormone used to induce or strengthen labor contractions during childbirth, and can also be used to control postpartum bleeding. Misuse of Pitocin can have serious consequences ...
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Abnormal Fetal Presentations

The position of the baby in the uterus is referred to as its “presentation.” It is important that obstetricians or midwives monitor the baby’s presentation as pregnancy approaches term to determine ...
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The Importance of Fetal Heart Monitoring

One of the greatest advances in the field of obstetrics has been the development of electronic fetal heart monitoring. It allows clinicians to evaluate, in real time, the adequacy of fetal ...
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Your Complete Birth Injury Guide

From the moment a mother finds out she is pregnant, it is important to make sure proper monitoring is done and that the mother is completely aware of the situation. There are a number of factors of ...
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Risks of Gestational Diabetes

In some situations, no matter if diabetes was present before, pregnant women who have high blood glucose can be diagnosed with gestational diabetes. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and ...
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Birth Injuries Caused by Forceps & Vacuum Extractors

If a mother struggles during delivery, the doctor may use certain tools to help. Two of these tools are forceps and vacuum extractors. Forceps are used to help assist the birthing process when the ...
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Common Causes of Childbirth Injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates an average of 4 million babies are born every year in the United States. Studies suggest that 6 to 8 babies out of every 1,000 will suffer from ...
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10 Facts About Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occurs when the fetal brain does receive enough oxygen. Often referred to as “HIE,” Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can lead to permanent brain damage, cerebral palsy , ...
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What is Hypoxic Brain Injury?

The brain requires approximately 20% of the body’s oxygen intake to function properly. Hypoxia occurs when the brain does not receive enough oxygen. The low levels of oxygen limits brain activity, ...
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Determining the Accepted Standard of Care

The Accepted Standard of Care for Doctors In Texas, jurors are given the following definition of negligence: “Negligence,” when used with respect to the conduct of Dr. Davis, means failure to use ...
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What Can Go Wrong When Using Anesthesia?

Because different forms of anesthesia affect your senses and spinal function, many things can go wrong if the drug is not administered properly. Studies estimate that seven in every million patients ...
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Medical Malpractice Facts and Fiction

The Institute of Medicine estimates that, on average, 98,000 people die because of medical errors , while extensive amounts of people are injured because of it. Under U.S. laws, those injured or ...
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