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Jury returns $229M+ verdict for birth injury

Pregnant women who live in Massachusetts and who experience complications during their pregnancy should be able to trust that their doctors and other medical professionals involved in their care will properly advise them and take steps to protect themselves and their unborn babies. This unfortunately does not always happen and such incidents may contribute to lifelong injuries experienced by mothers or babies.

AI in health care raises ethical questions

If you are like a lot of people in Maryland, you are aware of the continued impact that emerging technologies are having on our everyday lives. From in-home devices that can turn lights or radios on and off to autonomous vehicles and more, computers are involved in multiple aspects of daily living. When it comes to health care, advances like artificial intelligence and machine learning are today often used in systems that facilitate diagnosis and even treatment recommendations.

US maternal mortality rate unacceptable

Living in a developed country should allow pregnant and new mothers in Maryland to feel secure about their health care and the care their babies receive when in the womb and after birth. Unfortunately, the United States has been experiencing an increase in the number of women dying during pregnancy, childbirth and in the first year after giving birth. For a while now, health care professionals have been blaming the mothers themselves for this problem. A new report sheds some new light on the matter, however.

Women's heart attacks may be different than men's

Most people who live in Maryland have probably seen a television program or a movie in which a character has a heart attack. These scenes typically involve a person clutching their check suddenly as the pain hits them. Certainly, chest pain may be associated with a heart attack but it is far from the only primary symptom. In fact, for women, it may not even be present at all.

How common are diagnostic errors?

Receiving a misdiagnosis from a doctor in Maryland can have serious repercussions. It could delay needed treatment for a serious illness or subject you to unnecessary treatment, perhaps even contraindicated treatment for your actual condition. People have died because of misdiagnoses, while others have sustained lifelong injuries.

What are the signs of a bad nursing home?

If you currently have a loved one in a nursing home in Maryland, it’s natural to be concerned about the quality of care the person is receiving. While many facilities strive to put their residents first, others may exhibit signs of nursing home neglect or even abuse. Next Avenue warns families to look for the following red flags so they can act quickly to protect elderly relatives.

Organ donation system lacking oversight

Residents in Maryland might assume that when it comes to the donation and transplantation of human organs, a tightly run and well-supervised system is in place. This would be a logical assumption given the highly critical and life-sensitive nature of the topic. However, it seems that this may not actually be the case. An incident that occurred in early December in the Pacific Northwest sheds some light onto what may be some gaps in the nation's organ donation process.

New film highlights patient risks

People in Maryland who find out that they must undergo a surgical procedure can understandably be nervous about this. In addition to concerns about the problem for which the surgery is recommended, patients today must also contend with the possibility than an error might happen during or after the operation. In recent years, it has come to light that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. This makes it important that patients advocate for themselves, either directly or via an appointed representative.

Nursing facility being sued by parents of 6 children

When families in Maryland entrust professionals with the medical care and treatment of vulnerable individuals, they anticipate that their loved ones will be cared for with compassion. Often, they spend considerable time researching their options to find a facility that is capable of providing the type of committed care they want their loved one to have. 

Lawsuit alleges doctors actions led to singer's suicide

Most in Bowie likely associate medical malpractice with errors committed by a doctor in the course of providing treatment. Suicide cases might be viewed as being completely separate from medical malpractice issues. Yet what about those cases where it is believed the actions of a health care practitioner created the conditions that led to one's suicide? Given a doctor's unique knowledge of clinical science, it might be expected that they would know better than to put an at-risk patient in position of receiving counsel, care or medication whose direct (or indirect effects) could be harmful. 

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