Monthly Archives: September 2016

Does Your Child Have This Commonly Misdiagnosed Illness?

Cat owners beware, your precious kitty could be responsible for spreading a dangerous bacterial infection to yourself or family members. The bacteria, Bartonella henselae, is passed between cats and fleas. Bartonella henselae can build up in the mouths and on the paws of cats when they groom themselves. When pet owners develop illness caused by this bacteria, doctors call it ‘cat scratch fever’. How Do You Get Cat Scratch Fever? If your cat scratches you or licks an open would, you can contract cat-scratch fever. Children are most likely to contract cat scratch fever because they may roughhouse with cats. While this illness is mild in most people, children and those with compromised immune systems can develop significant complications. These complications include brain swelling or heart failure. Of the 12,000 people diagnosed with cat-scratch disease, only 500 require hospitalization. Most people who are sickened with Bartonella henselae will develop fever…
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Did a C-Section Mistake Cause Your Child’s Birth Injury?

Centers for Disease Control statistics show that 1.2 million cesarean section (C-section) deliveries are performed in the United States every year. In some cases, doctors make mistakes while performing C-sections, causing injuries to mothers or their children. C-section mistakes can cause brain injuries in newborns and infections in mothers. A doctor can cause a C-section mistake in several different ways. What Are Common C-Section Mistakes? Failure to perform a C-section: Doctors can fail to detect fetal distress, such as an irregular heart rate or sporadic blood pressure. Infants can also become entangled in the umbilical cord. These are situations where doctors should perform a C-section to save the life of the baby. When doctors fail to perform C-sections, newborns can suffer oxygen deprivation, which may result in permanent brain damage or death. Failure to plan a C-section: Doctors should detect health conditions that require C-sections beforehand. Some health conditions make…
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Medical Mistakes You Won’t Believe: An Organ Transplant Gone Wrong

Organ transplants are used to give dying patients a second chance at life. However, sometimes the unthinkable occurs and transplant errors take lives. A transplant error in 2003 gained national attention and led to changes on how these surgeries are conducted. In 2003, Duke University admitted that it used the incorrect organs during a heart and lung transplant surgery. The 17-year-old recipient sought treatment in the United States for a fatal heart condition. Doctors accidently transplanted her with organs from a donor of the wrong blood type. She had type O blood, but received organs from a type A donor. After the mistake was spotted by doctors, they attempted a second transplant. It was too late to correct the mistake, and the teenager passed away. Donor organs must match the blood type of recipients. When blood types do not match, tissue and organ rejection can kill patients. This is also…
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