Pitt County parents spend months anticipating the arrival of a new baby. Few parents are prepared for the helpless feelings that occur when something goes wrong during the delivery process. Injuries from shoulder dystocia are rare, but they do happen and may be the result of medical negligence.
According to a study recently published in the Annals of Neurology, serious head injuries may lead to premature brain aging and might contribute to dementia and other serious maladies. By continuing this research and improving upon brain age prediction models, it may become more possible for North Carolina residents and their doctors to detect, prevent and treat a wide range of degenerative diseases.
A brain requires the constant flow of oxygen in order to function at normal levels. Depriving oxygen to the brain can result in sustained injury as well as both short and long term impairments. In general, the longer the period of oxygen deprivation, the greater the trauma to the brain. Cerebral hypoxia is a lack of oxygen to the brain and, unfortunately, it is sometimes the result of medical error or malpractice.
On Jan. 5, it was reported teens in North Carolina and elsewhere who suffer mild concussions may recover better with less rest. In order to test this, researchers compared the severity and longevity of symptoms experienced by teens who were told to rest for five days versus those who were told to rest for only one or two days.
In the United States alone, one person suffers a brain injury every few seconds. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, around 1.4 million traumatic brain injuries occur annually nationwide. Many people are under the false impression that unless someone loses consciousness, he or she could not have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Medical professionals could fail to diagnose a TBI or fail to provide proper care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service has given the North Carolina TBI Program a four-year grant to be used on integrated care.
Birth injuries can occur when medical professionals fail to recognize babies' needs or identify potential risks to a baby before, during or after birth. Two birth injuries that could be caused by physicians' mistakes include cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. Although they sound similar, these conditions are very different, but the common denominator in both might be a medical error.
A mother, who wishes she could have been a better advocate for her son, is sharing her knowledge through her non-profit organization Citizens for Patient Safety with North Carolina residents. She is hosting speaking engagements entitled, "Finding Your Way Through a Safe Healthcare Journey." The woman and her husband believe that their son's death 10 years ago was due to doctor negligence.
North Carolina patients who suffered a severe concussion may be interested to learn that the brain injury can still be evident even after the symptoms subside. According to a new study, the evidence of a brain injury can be seen using diffusion tensor imaging, or DTI, which is a specialized MRI brain scan.
North Carolina readers may be interested to know that a study at Vanderbilt University seems to indicate that long-term stays in the ICU can cause a loss of cognitive function that can last for up to a year after a patient's release. The results of the study, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed evidence that more than 30 percent of patients suffer from mental deficits that are similar to a moderate traumatic brain injury. It also indicated that another quarter of patients have issues that are similar to the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. The results of this study may lead to techniques that yield better outcomes and cut down on the number of medical malpractice cases.
There’s been a lot of focus lately on the long-term effects of concussions sustained by football players, but researchers are discovering that football is not the only sport that is a danger to the brain. In a study released recently, researchers have determined that repeated “heading” of a soccer ball could lead to abnormal brain scans and difficulty in successfully performing memory tests.