Increasingly, medical experts and public health officials are noting that serious complications arising from childbirth are as frequently visited upon birth mothers as they are on newborns with severe birth injuries.
We informed readers in a prior blog post (please see our October 23 entry) that we would keep them fully apprised of material developments unfolding regarding the nation's tragic meningitis outbreak that first surfaced last month.
Citing her publication's expectation "that eventually this will become the norm," the editor of the internationally prominent British Medical Journal recently discussed a material change in the journal's publishing guidelines relating to drug companies' clinical trials.
"It's good for you, so you do it."
For many New Jersey residents, as well as many millions of other people across the country, the annual medical physical is an unquestioned and scrupulously adhered-to practice.
For obvious and compelling reasons, national attention has focused acutely in recent weeks on the tragic meningitis outbreak across the country, which -- as of the date this post entry was written -- has taken the lives of 19 people and materially sickened about 250 others. Estimates are that as many as 14,000 patients in nearly half of all the states have been potentially exposed to fungal meningitis attributed to a contaminated steroid that was administered for back or neck pain through epidural injection.
Medical malpractice is pervasive in hospitals across the country, including in New Jersey, but in many cases it fails to garner the headlines it merits. That owes to many reasons, including confidential settlements, gag orders and other methods of keeping patients from speaking out about harms they suffered as the direct result of medical negligence.
Old habits die hard.
The class of antibiotic medications called fluoroquinolones serves an important role in the drug arsenal against serious illnesses and infections, with such drugs standing ready as the big guns in a second-line defense aimed at killing off life-threatening infections such as hospital-acquired pneumonia.
Lately, it seems like researchers have released new and different recommendations for the timing and frequency of mammograms nearly every day. As such, many New Jersey women (as well as their doctors) are understandably confused on how best to approach their medical treatment.