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July 2015 Archives

Modern maternal mortality rates in the U.S.

New York mothers may be interested in learning more about the recent statistics concerning maternal mortality rates in the U.S. The steep decline in pregnancy-related deaths since the 1930s has been described as one of the greatest achievements in the public health sector during the modern era. Before then, approximately one out of every 100 women died after giving birth. During the late 1980s, less than eight out of every 100,000 women in the U.S died as a result of childbirth.

Frequent misdiagnosis of Lyme disease

Some patients in New York may be suffering from Lyme disease without even knowing it. According to the results of a survey published by, 61 percent of people with the disease do not receive a correct diagnosis for at least two years. In many cases, the symptoms of Lyme disease are mistaken for mood disorders, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Common doctor errors in New York

Despite advances in modern medicine, including sophisticated diagnostic machines and instruments, doctors in New York and around the country still make errors because they are human. Unfortunately, when a mistake is made, a patient may suffer significant harm or even die as a result.

Addressing and preventing elder abuse

New York music fans may be aware of the high-profile elder abuse case involving the survivors of Casey Kasem, who was known for his role as the DJ host of American Top 40. His children alleged that neglect by his wife hastened his death as she moved him from a California convalescent facility to other states. However, officials determined that there was not sufficient evidence to file charges. For those concerned about potential neglect or abuse of elderly family members, familiarity with a caregiver's background and vigilance over time could be important for protecting a loved one. However, dealing with abuse by a family member can be challenging.

COPD guidelines and New York patient misdiagnosis

New York residents may be interested in a University of Birmingham study that highlights the risk of misdiagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a commonly occurring lung disease, ranking as the third leading cause of disease-related death in America. COPD is progressive and leads to the development of numerous breathing problems, including obstruction, shortness of breath and cough. Approximately 210 million individuals suffer from COPD around the world, with 27 million sufferers located in the United States alone.

The prevalence of crashes among young drivers

Parents in New York might be concerned after learning that traffic crashes are the primary of cause of teen deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It could be helpful to know the factors involved in the crashes to help young drivers prevent them.

Man ridiculed by anesthesiologist during procedure wins lawsuit

Patients in New York and across the nation place their trust in an anesthesiologist when they are undergoing a medical procedure. Part of that trust implies that they will be treated with dignity and respect. One patient who was receiving a colonoscopy was not accorded that professionalism as the anesthesiologist was recorded on the man's cellphone having ridiculed him during the procedure.

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