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Published by Washington, D.C. Personal Injury Lawyers — Patrick Malone & Associates
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    When Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil died of eclampsia seizures just after giving birth, many viewers wondered: Could it really happen? The answer is yes. Lady Sybil had undiagnosed pre-eclampsia, a condition that affects as many as one in ten pregnant women. It causes high blood pressure (typically at or above 140/90) and protein in the […]

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    Innumerable websites offer information about medicines that pregnant women can take safely. But because evidence is limited about many of the drugs listed and because the advice about them is inconsistent, the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety conducted a review to see if their guidance is reliable. Guess what? In many cases, it’s not. And […]

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    The essence of a long and fascinating examination of a lawsuit over a newborn’s brain damage by Steve Cohen on Forbes.com was distilled nicely on PopTort.com, the civil justice site of the Center for Justice & Democracy. It concerned tort reform, which, as regular readers of this blog know, is the misguided movement to restrict […]

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    You know when a professional association recommends doing fewer procedures for which its members get paid, there’s probably a good reason. That’s the case with delivering a child by cesarean section. The American Congress of Obstetricians and gynecologists (ACOG) recently called on its members and all medical practitioners to stop doing so many C-sections. As […]

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    Last week we blogged about the growing awareness of the wisdom of letting pregnant women take their time in labor, instead of rushing them into a cesarean section. This week, there’s more good news on the child delivery front: Hospitals are cutting down on early deliveries. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, pressure from […]

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    No matter how hard medical experts and other promoters of good, safe health care try, it seems, there are always loud voices chiming in from the fringes of ignorance to offset their message. A few weeks ago, in a blog about obstetricians recommending that women not be rushed into induced labor and also calling for […]

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    The FDA has issued new regulations for prescription drug and medical product manufacturers to better communicate potential risks to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people who are concerned about fertility. The new rule, according to an FDA news release, “sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented […]

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    Of all the medical mistakes that could be made in the first hours of a newborn’s life, few lay people would think to attribute any of them to a delay in naming the infant. But neonatologists (doctors who treat ill or premature newborns) know that the unnamed wee ones under their care are more likely […]

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    Few states are monitoring, much less acting to protect, patient-consumers from one of the hot trends in today’s health care: the mergers, acquisitions, consolidations─and yes, closings─that are creating super-sized hospital organizations, chain-institutions that for business reasons seek greater efficiencies but also may be lessening access to care, sometimes as a result of religious reasons. That’s […]

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    There’s insufficient evidence of the health benefits for millions of women who aren’t pregnant and who aren’t experiencing problems to undergo regular pelvic exams, a top federal task force on preventive care says. Tens of millions of women get the exams each year, even though they are intrusive and uncomfortable. More important, research has failed […]

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    “Skin to skin” therapy? That was the line item charge that appeared on the hospital bill for a young couple, and the dad decided to check it out. What he found has blown up across the Internet. It turns out that the Utah parents were charged $ 39.35 by their hospital just so the new mom […]

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    Although awareness has grown about viruses  like Zika that can devastate the unborn, cytomegalovirus (CMV), a much more common and equally harmful prenatal viral  infection, doesn’t get discussed with pregnant moms as much as it should. Medical counseling, testing, and administration of anti-viral medications could save more babies and their families from a lifetime of […]

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    Modern medicine isn’t addressing women’s distinctive health care needs as optimally as needed, with research further showing it may be time to dial down expectations about breast cancer screening, while heightening physicians’ awareness and best practices in eliminating gender biases. Women also may want to keep close tabs on how changes with the Affordable Care […]

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    Although marijuana is marching toward legalization across the United States, expectant moms may wish to think long and hard still about smoking or ingesting a substance that has become as ubiquitous in some households as aspirin or a bottle of chardonnay. The New York Times has delved into this discussion, even as other news outlets […]

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    A new investigation of one of the great shames of American medical care raises big questions about why labor and delivery is more dangerous to new mothers in the U.S. than just about anywhere else in the civilized world. To their considerable credit, National Public Radio and Pro Publica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news site, have joined […]

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    Health officials caught expectant mothers, local politicians, and the D.C. community off guard by ordering the only full-service hospital in the southeast part of the District of Columbia to stop delivering babies and to shut its nursery for 90 days. Details weren’t provided as to why D.C. regulators slapped restrictions on United Medical Center’s obstetrics […]