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Traumatic brain injury and ADHD might be connected

Some well-known problems that can stem from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) include a person who is severely hurt, has brain damage, requires constant care and is unable to function on his or her own. When a person in Newton has a TBI, there are often other problems that might not seem as severe, but can cause them to have functional issues even after they have supposedly recovered. One that is being studied is attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Research shows that there may be a connection between a traumatic brain injury and ADHD.

A telephone survey of people in Canada indicates that there may be a link between TBI and ADHD. According to the study, those who had TBI suffered from ADHD twice as frequently. Since ADHD leads to impulsiveness and trouble maintaining attention, the association between TBI and ADHD can cause problems that might not previously have been known. As recently as 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that an estimated 11 percent of children between the ages of four and 17 were diagnosed as having ADHD. That amounted to around 6.4 million individuals. 

VA reduces investigations of surgical errors and other mistakes

When a person in Newton needs medical care, one of the most important factors dictating how the treatment will proceed is having a correct diagnosis. This is especially true when it comes to treating veterans. Veterans' care is often left up to the Department of Veterans Affairs and administered at VA hospitals. It is bad enough when there are surgical errors and other mistakes, but if there is a diminished attempt to discover the causes, it can cause more damage not just to the victims, but also to others in the future. This can lead to a patient experiencing a worsened condition and suffering a serious injury.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office discovered that from the fiscal years of 2010 through 2014, the VA has reduced the number of investigations into medical mistakes by 18 percent. This was simultaneous to the number of veterans receiving treatment increasing by 14 percent and the number of mistakes rising by 7 percent in that same time period. Those who examined the numbers are not able to determine whether or not the lower number of investigations was due to a reduction in mistakes or if the mistakes were not severe enough to scrutinize.

Understanding possible serious injury from plastic surgery

Whether a person in Newton undergoes plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons or for corrective purposes, there is the risk of a surgeon mistake, serious injury, long-term problems and even fatal complications. While those who are preparing for the surgery will sign the required consent forms and realize that there is danger with any surgical procedure, plastic surgery has grown so common that few will consider the real possibility that it can do them damage. Knowing the most frequent complications with plastic surgery can prepare people beforehand and help them know what to look for after the procedure.

For example, a hematoma looks like a large bruise and happens in between 1 and 6 percent of breast augmentations. It can be so severe that in some cases more procedures need to be done in order to drain the blood. Nerve damage can also occur, evidencing itself by tingling or numbness. Medical professionals will take steps to prevent this, but there can be a skin infection in around 2 to 4 percent of women who undergo a breast augmentation. They might need antibiotics as a result.

Dangers of a C-section to Newton newborn babies

A cesarean section has become so common a procedure in Newton that it's easily forgotten that it is actually surgery and can be dangerous. In many ways, it is even more risky because there is not just the mother who is a concern, but the newborn as well. Having a baseline idea of the details of the procedure and its risks can help parents recognize when a negligent doctor might have made a mistake during the delivery process when there is a C-section.

According to one report, in 2005 as many as one out of every four women who are having a baby will do so via C-section. Of great concern, however, is the potential that there will be damage done to the newborn. These are more dangerous because of a baby's vulnerability in its first days of life.

Misdiagnosed cancer leads to veteran filing lawsuit

Massachusetts residents and people across the country may unfortunately feel the effect of cancer on their lives at some point. In many instances, the disease can be treated, and the individual who was confronted with the diagnosis will be able to live a normal life. In others, the disease is fatal. There are times, however, when a mistake is made and there is a cancer misdiagnosis costing valuable treatment time. This is often not a simple mistake that can be rectified with an apology. There are consequences to it that can harm a person severely.

A former member of the U.S. Army has filed a lawsuit against his local Veterans Administration Center because of misdiagnosed cancer. The man was suffering from headaches in the summer of 2012 and went to the medical facility for treatment. He was given surgery and suffered blindness in his right eye as a result. The headaches continued. According to the man, there was never an MRI to see if there was something else amiss. He went to an eye specialist and a tumor was found behind his eye. There is no treatment for his issue, and he believes he will die within a year.

Research suggests Newton kids playing football face brain trauma

Newton youths participate in a wide variety of sports including football. With football, the concerns for parents are growing even if they let their kids play. Having children playing the game of tackle football is under growing scrutiny with the number of people who have suffered brain trauma after a head injury. Research is indicative of the dangers of traumatic brain injury when the sport is played by kids under the age of 12.

Former players in the National Football League between age 40 and 65-years-old were studied and it was found that those who began with tackle football prior to reaching age 12 were in greater jeopardy of issues with the brain than players who didn't play until after that age. This comes on the heels of a number of former players going public with their struggles and permanent disability from playing football even at levels below the NFL.

Confusion with similarly named drugs causes drug error

As useful as medications and prescription drugs can be to people in Newton, there is still a danger that the wrong drug can harm a person or even lead to a fatality. Many people associate a medical mistake to an anesthesia error. What they may not consider is that prescription medication errors can be just as, if not more, dangerous than a mistake with anesthesia. Being aware of the possibility of the wrong drug being administered must be considered if there is an unexplained illness or reaction to medications that should have been safe for a patient to take.

Recently, confusion has resulted with pharmacies and medical professionals regarding two different drugs with a similar sounding name. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a press release about this problem and its potential dangers. According to the FDA, there have not been any patients who have reported taking the wrong drug, but has had at least 50 reports of the drugs being mixed up. These two drugs are Brintellix and Brilinta. The former is an antidepressant. The latter is a blood-thinner that is utilized to treat people suffering from chest pain, prevent patients from dying after a heart attack or stop them from having another heart attack.

Newton legal help for prescription medication errors

People in Newton will receive prescriptions for a variety of reasons -- from preventative care to treating a medical issue. There is a vast amount of trust that is placed into a pharmacist to make certain that the right medication in its proper dose is provided. There are many different issues that can be concerning when taking medication. This is something that must be considered whenever there is a prescription given.

A dangerous combination of prescriptions and prescription medication errors can lead to illness and even death. Knowing how to recognize this issue and understanding what to do after it happens can be imperative not just for treatment, but to be compensated in a legal filing. Not checking for allergies is a frequent mistake that is made. Taking one medication that might be effective for a certain issue might unknowingly cause harm if it is taken with another medicine that can counteract its effects. The combination of medications can even lead to damage.

Symptoms from sports-related concussions differ based on gender

Sports participation is a popular pastime for males and females in Newton and across the state. While some sports are considered to be riskier than others for the possibility of brain injury due to the contact-based nature of them, other sports can be just as dangerous. In short, it's not just football that can might cause brain damage and high medical expenses. With men and women taking part in numerous different sports, it's unavoidable that injuries will happen to both genders. Understanding how certain issues like concussions affect men and women differently is important to treating it and knowing if someone's negligence contributed to its aftereffects.

New information is indicative that the symptoms of concussions from sports might cause greater severity of symptoms and worse results in cognitive tests for women than in males. The study was conducted by the University of Michigan and examined 148 college athletes from schools that participate in Division I athletics. They took part in 11 different sports and then were part of the National Sport Concussion Outcome Study. Of those 148, 67 were women. Fifty-one percent of them were playing a contact sport. Twenty-four percent had concussions linked to sports in their past. On average, they had 0.32 concussions.

Study: Stillbirths now outpace infant mortality

A recent study shows that rates infant mortality have fallen in the United States over the past decade. Unfortunately, researchers have not found a similar change in the number of stillbirths. In fact, the number of reported stillbirths is slightly higher than the number of reported infant deaths.

According to the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 23,595 stillbirths reported in 2013, slightly more than the 23,446 reported incidents of infants dying before their first birthday. Every previous study found that infant mortality was more common than stillbirth.

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