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March 2013 Archives

Study: Low Vitamin D Can Cause Pregnancy Complications

When it comes to prenatal health of mothers and infants, it is crucially important for doctors and nurses to recognize the signs of a potential complication as soon as possible. Time is often of the essence and an earlier response can have a big impact.

Ohio State University Declares "Oval" An Exclusive Walk Zone

Ohio State University officials have decided to make the Oval a "walk only" zone. The decision comes after a wave of serious accidents occurring during the 2012-13 school year. In response, OSU formed a task force to study the collisions. After assessing the danger, the task force recommended changing the Oval to a pedestrian-only zone and university officials approved the measure.

Senate Declares National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day

Late last week, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution to declare Monday, March 25, 2013 as "National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day." According to federal statistics, cerebral palsy affects around 800,000 Americans-including one of every 303 children.

Pickaway County Rollover Crash Kills Two

A single-car crash has killed two people and injured two others in Circleville. The accident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office isn't divulging many details, but we know that a 2003 Dodge Neon was travelling south on Ohio 138 when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Study: Shorter Residency Shifts Did Not Improve Care, Part 1

One of the notorious challenges of medical school is the demanding residency requirement. Young doctors-in-training face rigorous schedules and extremely long on-call shifts. Until 2011, hospitals could require residents to put in 30-hour shifts. In 2011, the organization responsible for medical school introduced a lower limit by capping the shift length at 16 hours.

Huge Variation In C-Section Rates At American Hospitals

The Cesarean section is an enormously important tool for delivery room physicians. Under certain circumstances, it becomes crucial to deliver a baby through C-section - and doctors need to know when those circumstances exist.

Details Slowly Emerge After Ohio Crash That Killed 6 Teens

On March 10, a horrific accident rocked the community of Warren, Ohio. The crash left six teens dead and two more injured, but it also left the community of 41,000 wondering how such a tragedy could happen. Those details are now emerging, and they are enough to drive fear into the hearts of parents everywhere.

Cerebral Palsy: Studies Begin Evaluating Cord Blood Treatment

A cerebral palsy diagnosis can be devastating for Ohio families. Cerebral palsy often means a lifetime of difficulty and frustration for both children and their parents. Everyday movements that many Americans take for granted can be difficult or even impossible for children with cerebral palsy. On top of the emotional toll, care costs can quickly pile up and jeopardize a family's financial wellbeing.

Never Events: Why Do We Tolerate Them? Part 2

Our last post covered the ongoing introspection in the medical profession regarding the persistently high rate of "never events." These serious surgical errors harm around 4,000 patients every year - even though the name "never" indicates that these mistakes are so preventable that they should not occur at all.

Electronic Fetal Monitoring May Lead To Unnecessary C-Section

A recent study concluded that fetal monitoring may lead doctors to perform a C-section procedure before it is medically necessary - likely putting mothers and infants at risk of dangerous complications. While fetal monitoring probably still plays an important role in delivery rooms, this study suggests that doctors need to back away from relying on them to make C-section decisions.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 2013 is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Brain Injury Association of America is promoting this opportunity to recognize the risks and consequences of a brain injury. Its slogan for this year's event is "Brain Injury: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone - Brain injuries do not discriminate."

Never Events: Why Do We Tolerate Them? Part 1

A "never event" is a surgical mistake that is so severe and unnecessary that it should "never" occur. Some common examples include surgeries in which medical professionals operate on the wrong body part, perform the wrong procedure or leave a dangerous object inside the patient's body.

New Research Shows Difficulty Of Spotting Birth Infections

Researchers are recommending that doctors use multiple tests to determine whether newborns are affected by birth infections. The study looked at 44 premature infants with low birth weights. Most of these infants received diagnoses of early onset sepsis - life-threatening bacterial blood infections.

FDA Suspends Pediatric Trial Of Common Drug

In a concerning development, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ended a clinical trial of a common calcium receptor drug known as Sensipar or cinacalcet hydrochloride. While the FDA approved this drug years ago for several uses in adult patients, the company's manufacturer was undertaking further trials to determine whether the drug is also safe and effective for children.

Study: Severe Morning Sickness May Mean More Complications

According to a study of more than 1 million pregnant women, expecting mothers who experience severe morning sickness are statistically more likely to develop other serious complications over the course of the pregnancy. This research has big implications for expecting mothers in Columbus and around the nation.

New Technology Could Help Guide Brachial Plexus Surgeries, Pt. 2

Our last post introduced a dynamic new research project that hopes to apply advanced motion analysis technology to a difficult birth injury known as brachial plexus birth palsy (or Erb's Palsy). This research, currently underway at the University of Delaware, hopes to provide a better look at how individual injuries affect how the victim's shoulder blade moves inside the body.

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