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April 2015 Archives

Inducing labor may help avoid complication for large babies

Those in North Carolina who recently had or are expecting a child might want to pay attention to the findings of a European study examining the benefits of inducing labor for babies who are larger than average. When babies are in the top weight percentile for their gestational age, there is risk that these babies face injuries if their shoulders get stuck during delivery. Inducing labor earlier than the normal 39 weeks could make delivery safer as the babies are smaller at 37 to 38 weeks.

North Carolina smokers must weigh options about cancer screening

While the results of a 2011 study involving lung cancer screening tests using CT scans helped influence Medicare to offer annual screenings for some smokers, many physicians worry that there are also negatives to this decision. The study showed that lung cancer deaths could be lowered by 20 percent with screenings for long-term smokers between the ages of 55 and 77. Physicians do not dispute that this could benefit people, but some say there are downsides that must be considered too.

Study highlights lawsuits against emergency physicians

Patients in North Carolina may be interested in learning about a study released by the Doctor's Group on April 13, which shows that emergency physicians face lawsuits more often than other types of medical specialists. The study examined 332 different claims against emergency physicians, from 2007 to 2013, finding that improper diagnosis was involved in more than half of the claims. The study proposed that emergency physicians often do not properly use information provided by patients and their medical records to form a diagnosis. In the study, the researchers took into account that emergency physicians work with new patients more often than other types of specialists.

Head injuries may result in premature brain aging

According to a study recently published in the Annals of Neurology, serious head injuries may lead to premature brain aging and might contribute to dementia and other serious maladies. By continuing this research and improving upon brain age prediction models, it may become more possible for North Carolina residents and their doctors to detect, prevent and treat a wide range of degenerative diseases.

Reducing birth injuries with basic safety programs

A safety initiative involving four organizations has shown that the number of childbirth injuries and fatalities can be reduced through basic practices. Expecting parents in North Carolina might be surprised that these basic practices include communications training, simulating delivery emergency situations, exhibiting greater care when deciding to do cesarean sections and measuring compliance in essential high-risk procedures.

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