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March 2014 Archives

Do water births create a greater risk of birth injuries?

In recent years, water births have grown more popular in New York and throughout the country, with proponents arguing that giving birth in a tub of warm water can ease labor pain, speed up delivery and make the birthing process easier for both mother and baby. Of course, there are many who do not support water births as a safe and healthy birthing option. That group now includes U.S. obstetricians and pediatricians who, in a statement, said that the safety of water births has not been sufficiently proven.

Report: Distracted driving crashes kill 9 every day

It will likely come as no surprise to most of our blog readers that distracted driving has become a huge problem in New York and every other U.S. state. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report which demonstrates just how harmful distraction can be.

Should New York doctors undergo drug testing?

If you have read our New York medical malpractice blog for any period of time, you are probably well aware of the myriad of situations in which medical treatment can go wrong, causing significant harm or even death to patients. Before undergoing treatment, you will have to suspend the fear that your doctor, nurse or other medical professional will inflict harm upon you, either negligently or intentionally. Doing so can be a daunting task.

More than 4,000 at risk after insulin injections at NY hospital

A New York hospital has notified more than 4,200 patients that they may be at risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis after receiving an injection of insulin at the hospital. Officials say that the hospital has discontinued the use of the dangerous injection method that caused the infection risk, but it is not yet clear just why that risky practice was used in the first place.

New York pedestrian hit by bus; fatal crashes on the rise in 2014

Earlier this week, a New York woman suffered serious leg injuries when the MTA bus she was attempting to board was slammed from behind by another bus, causing her leg to catch and become injured. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening, but the accident is still disconcerting to those that rely on the bus system to get around the city. As of this writing, MTA officials had not yet stated the cause of the accident.

CDC: Overuse of antibiotics in hospitals may create superbugs

If you are treated at a New York hospital, it is likely that you will be prescribed an antibiotic, regardless of the reason for which you are seeking treatment. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately half of all patients take antibiotics at some point during their hospital stay.

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