Nutrition Science Initiative’s Energy Balance Consortium Study Attempts to Identify the True Cause of Obesity

Posted on: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

A new non-profit organization, The Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), is sponsoring an exciting study on obesity. Called the Energy Balance Consortium, the study could have profound implications for future research into improving the public’s health and overall wellbeing. The prevailing paradigm concerning obesity is that it is caused by consuming too many calories and not burning off enough of them in exchange to keep fat to a minimum. For 60+ years, this “calorie centered” thinking about adiposity has dominated research and treatment approaches. A minor point of view, however, suggests that the quality of calories needs to be considered, instead. […]

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Common Anesthesia Mistakes: An Overview

Posted on: Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Due to the development of better sedation drugs and more sophisticated means of patient monitoring, the mortality rate from anesthesia has dropped significantly since it was first declared a public health problem 50 years ago. Anesthesia mistakes still happen, however, affecting the lives of tens of thousands of patients every year. Lapses in Protocol Anesthesiologists must follow a complex routine each time a patient has a sedation procedure. They need to administer not only the proper drug but also the right amount. Monitoring begins the minute a patient enters the hospital, and the anesthesiologist conducts an interview with the patient […]

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Filed under anesthesia mistake, medication mistake, misdiagnosis, prescription overdose.

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Posted on: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

The last thing any woman thinks about when she is about to give birth is the possibility that her baby will be injured during the hospital delivery process. Yet injuries occur during at least 2 percent of live births each year in the United States, and they can lead to expensive and sometimes life-threatening conditions, including broken bones, permanent nerve damage, emotional and cognitive impairment, and cerebral palsy. Natural Risk Factors for Birth Injury Some conditions increase an infant’s chances of being injured. They are: A birth weight over 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Premature labor. An unusually shaped uterus. Difficult […]

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Filed under birth injuries, Birth Injuries to Mothers, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death.

What Is the Difference Between a Coma and Brain Death?

Posted on: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

When someone suffers traumatic brain injury, coma and brain death are two possible outcomes. Although coma sometimes progresses to brain death, the two injured states are distinct and characterized by very different symptoms. Coma and Vegetative State Coma is a state of deep unconsciousness that lasts for an indeterminate length of time. While in this state, the brain continues to emit electrical impulse signals to the rest of the body, but it is working at the lowest possible level. A vegetative state is a coma from which the patient has recovered brain stem function but not higher cognitive abilities. Such […]

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Filed under Brain Injury, Personal Injury, Serious Personal Injury.

Study Analyzes Use of Simvastatin and Environmental Enrichment on TBI Patients

Posted on: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

A recent study published in the medical journal Brain Injury explored the use of Simvastatin and environmental enrichment on brain injury patients and the outcomes of each treatment. The target group of the study was patients with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries that affected their temporal order memory and spontaneous object recognition. Researchers used male Wistar rats in the study, and compared the therapeutic effects of both Simvastatin and environmental enrichment to see whether they improved memory and recognition and, if so, by how much. Here’s how they conducted the study: The rats arrived at the research facility. Seven […]

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Study Assesses Using Vyvanse to Treat Brain Injured People with ADHD

Posted on: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Attention deficit disorder is one of the most common and debilitating results of traumatic brain injuries. A recent study published in the journal Brain Injury looked at the effectiveness of Vyvanse in terms of treating attention deficit disorder caused by moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. This is the first study of its kind among traumatic brain injury patients, being unique in that no other study has examined how stimulant medications can affect this disorder, rather than the typical methylphenidate. The study was conducted over 12 weeks and utilized a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind test with cross-over. Twenty-two patients were […]

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More People Filing Medical Malpractice Claims for Chronic Pain

Posted on: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Both the number of pain management specialists and medical malpractice claims for pain management-related injury and death increased between 1980 and 2012, according to results of a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ 2014 Annual Meeting. But one statistic does not explain the other. “We found that pain claims increased by 6.3 percent for every 10 years, whereas the number of pain anesthesiologists increased by only 2.0 percent per 10 years,” Dr. Kelly Pollak told attendees. Since claims have changed in type and increased in severity, researchers hope anesthesiologists and doctors administering analgesics and opioids will take note […]

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Children Become Victims of Medication Mistakes Every Eight Minutes

Posted on: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

After reviewing a decade of poison control hotline data, researchers determined that 63,358 children were the victim of a medication mistake each year, Reuters reported. According to Forbes, 400 suffered serious injury and 25 died in that 10 years. Both Forbes and Fox News suggested those numbers may actually have been higher, since some parents may not have realized their mistake, others may have turned to Google instead of the poison control hotline, and still more may have been worried about the police getting involved. Who’s Making These Mistakes and How Can They Be Prevented? “Most studies have focused on […]

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Man Awarded $1.5 Million After Medication Mistake During Botched Cataract Surgery Causes Blindness

Posted on: Friday, October 17th, 2014

A man has been awarded $1.5 million in damages after his surgeon used the wrong drug and blinded him during cataract removal surgery, outpatientsurgery.net recently reported. The surgeon should have used ophthalmic dye VisionBlue; instead, he used the methylene blue his nurse handed him. “Both the nurse and a surgical technician testified that they announced what the drug was before it was given to [the doctor], but he testified that he didn’t hear them,” the article stated. The patient underwent a second procedure and a corneal transplant after the mistake, but neither restored vision to his left eye. He also […]

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If a Loved One Overdosed on Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, or Vicodin, Would You Know What To Do?

Posted on: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

September 28, 2014, hundreds of “Fed Up!” family members and friends marched toward the White House to protest the number of people dying from prescription drug overdoses in this country, washingtonpost.com reported. One hundred people die from an opioid overdose each day, per the CDC. About five Ohioans overdose each day, according to Healthy Ohio. In 2013, the president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) told mcclatchydc.com that these statistics amount to a “public health emergency.” PROP and Fed Up! urged the FDA to reclassify hydrocodone as a schedule II drug, so patients would have to see their doctor […]

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