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January 2016 Archives

Concerns over child heart surgeries at some hospitals

A surgery involving a baby can be delicate, especially if the procedure involves the heart. A New York parent may want the best possible care in such a case, but in many instances, it can be difficult to find the records of available facilities in order to evaluate the success rates with cardiac surgeries for babies. An investigation by CNN into a Florida hospital with excessive fatalities after heart surgeries on babies has focused attention on the issue of quality programs.

Why is the rate of C-sections so high in the U.S.?

Every year, a percentage of infants born in New York hospitals are delivered via cesarean section. At the end of 2015, the Journal of American Medicine published a study indicating that the ideal rate of C-sections established by the World Health Organization of 10 to 15 percent may be too low.

Do I have a car accident case?

After a serious motor vehicle accident, there are many questions that need to be answered. How will you pay your bills? What will you do if you can't return to work? Who will cover the costs of treatment into the future?

Study compares outcomes of home births and hospital births

Expectant parents in New York want to plan the perfect birth. Home birth, although not prevalent in the United States, does exist as an option for women with low-risk pregnancies. To examine the safety of home birth, Canadian researchers compared outcomes for women without any pregnancy risk factors who gave birth at home or in a hospital. They found only small differences between the two settings and declared home birth as safe as hospital birth for healthy women.

Study provides insight into surgical errors

Patients who undergo surgery in New York area hospitals may soon be safer thanks to a comprehensive study performed by researchers at England's Oxford University. Efforts to reduce patient injuries and medical errors during surgical procedures have generally followed one of two strategies, but the Oxford team discovered that taking a combined approach was far more effective. The study, which is the largest ever in the field of surgical errors, was conducted over four years by a team from the university's Department of Surgical Sciences. The team published their findings in the medical journal Annals of Surgery.

New behaviors can lead to safer driving practices

Most people spend a great deal of time in their car each year. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that the average American motorist drives over 13,000 miles per year. New York drivers can make their driving time more pleasant and possibly reduce their chances of being involved in an accident by taking on a few new behaviors.

Ultrasounds may be good supplements to mammograms

Some women in New York and throughout the United States may benefit from ultrasounds to detect breast cancer. According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, ultrasounds have some advantages over mammograms.

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