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May 2016 Archives

Cheerleading brain injuries are underreported

Teenagers are among the hardest groups to study and understand. They are at a time in their lives that they feel invincible. They are under enormous internal and external pressures to perform and that pressure can cause them to make dangerous decisions regarding their health. A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that many cheerleaders underreport symptoms following a serious brain injury. They either do not understand or do not appreciate the danger they are in because they are more concerned with performing in the competition.

"Never event" surgeries occur 4,000 times a year

A "never event" is a surgical mistake that is completely preventable and should never occur. For example, doctors may strictly follow every procedure but there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of infection. But there are numerous ways to ensure that sponges are not left inside of a patient's body. A study from Johns Hopkins estimates that at least 4,000 of these never events occur annually.

Pancreatic cancer is frequently misdiagnosed

A study presented at the annual Digestive Disease Week found that pancreatic cancer was misdiagnosed 31 percent of the time. This study highlights the nebulous nature of modern medicine. Doctors are called upon to examine patients and deduce disease and sickness with indirect observation. Doctors are unable to directly observe most diseases and they must infer based upon symptoms and tests. Unfortunately, this means that many patients may be misdiagnosed and that could seriously endanger their health.

Playgrounds aren't all fun and games

A study out of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control found that there has been a significant increase in the rate of traumatic brain injuries at playgrounds. You would think that one of the few guaranteed safe places for your child would be a playground. Unfortunately, this study may seem to disagree. As with any scientific study, it is a snapshot, not the entire story, so read it with an appropriate amount of skepticism.

Causes of medication errors

Modern medicine is a complex arena that involves nurses, doctors and medical assistants. The level of cooperation allows for hospitals to tackle extraordinarily complex medical issues but that also means that any medical team is only as good as its most careless member. This means that while medication errors are easily preventable, they are also paradoxically easy to occur. All it takes is a single mistake.

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