March 21, 2007

Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Watch This Video

Should infants be given the Hepatitis-B vaccine? Does it help them? Or hurt them?

February 8, 2007

When Bad Things Happen to Sick Children Who Are Ignored by Their Doctors

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 6, 2007 — The medical profession is considered a helping profession but what happens when your child’s doctor or medical group fails to follow through on a diagnosis or simply tells parents that the child is acting out and to ignore the problem and it will go away?

Because Michael* suffered from childhood asthma, he was under the medical care of a primary pediatric clinic since the age of 10. At age 12 he began to complain of severe headaches. Because of his condition he went regularly for checkups and his mother complained about his lack of sexual development at age 14 and 16 as compared to his older brother. Her complaints fell on deaf ears. During this time Michael also had some loss of vision and more headaches.

It was not until at 19, Michael went for a physical exam for work and was told that there was a serious problem. He returned to the pediatric clinic and was immediately scheduled for an endocrinology evaluation because the lack of development of sexual characteristics is likely due to pituitary impairment, which can be due to a brain tumor. When he was given an MRI, a brain tumor was revealed. He underwent brain surgery and developed severe metabolic problems including severe diabetes, explosive weight gain, and significant loss of vision.

In another case, 7-year-old Ed* was running with a curtain rod, he fell, and the rod entered the right side of his nose. The rod was lodged several inches into his nose and sinus cavity. He was rushed to the emergency room and was given an x-ray of his skull, but was not given a CT scan since that technology was not available during the 1970s. He had extensive damage to his nose and underwent plastic surgery. After the surgeries his nose always would run clear fluid.

For years afterwards into his teen years, his parents repeatedly brought the clear nasal fluid problem to the attention of his pediatricians and surgeon. Ed was never examined further and they were told it was due to the damage to his nose. At age 16, Ed was diagnosed with meningitis and treated with antibiotics; he made a full recovery. No reason was given for why he suffered meningitis. At 17, he again developed more serious meningitis, which subsequently caused moderate brain damage from the infection.

It was only after the second bout of meningitis that one doctor took a sample of the fluid still coming out of his nose and discovered that it was cerebral spinal fluid. The curtain rod had caused a fracture of the cribiform plate separating his sinuses from the brain cavity and he had been leaking cerebral spinal fluid for all of those years.

Lastly, a mother reported that her 3 1/2 year old daughter had a problem urinating. Rather than examine Rachel* the doctor said to just bring her in for a urine analysis. The mother complied; the sample was given, analyzed, and reported as not a urinary tract infection. The mother called repeatedly over a period of several weeks but was never given an appointment. She was told it was merely a behavioral problem; that little girls often do that, and there was nothing to worry about.

When Rachel began crying while urinating, the mother took her to the ER and was referred to a pediatric urologist. A MRI was done and the tumor in the bladder diagnosed. The malignant tumor, called a rhabdomyosrcoma, was growing slowly each day inside the toddler’s bladder.

The treatment required chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and radiation therapy as well. Despite this aggressive therapy, the tumor could not be eliminated and the entire bladder had to be surgically removed. Rachel is cured of the cancer, but now must catheterize herself through a hole in her belly button six times a day to remove the urine from her body.

What could these parents have done differently?

They were definitely concerned and well meaning but what else could they do to champion their children’s medical rights?

Unfortunately the effects of managed care have done nothing to improve the relationship between the doctor and patient or parents of the patient. Nevertheless, doctors have a responsibility to patients of all ages and parents also have a responsibility to be alert, informed, and persistent.

Parents know their children better than anyone. Parents must demand a second opinion. Many healthcare plans do not allow for that contingency but parents must demand it anyway. Don’t take no or no response for an answer. Don’t let all the framed certificates in the doctor’s office deter you from your gut instincts.

Parents should keep thorough records of their children’s healthcare and take notes, bring a friend or relative when your child goes to the doctor, and/or tape record what goes on during the examination. Parents need to do their own research online from reputable websites or confer with a librarian to point you in the right direction for further research. Parents should give the doctor a list of questions and not leave the exam room until they are answered. Do not be intimidated by medical or technical jargon. Ask for an easy to understand explanation. Doctors went to medical school; you did not; don’t be embarrassed.

Put your unanswered questions and complaints in writing and file complaints with the clinic or healthcare plan.

If your child suffers from ongoing vomiting, dehydration, fever, breathing problems, sleepiness, lethargy, stomach pain, distended belly, bloody stool, limping, weight loss (or failure to gain weight at a normal rate), excessive weight gain, vision problems; these symptoms could be signs of serious health issues. (The above statement should not be considered medical advice, but simply things parents should be on the lookout for and should discuss with their child’s medical professionals.)

These are just three examples of pediatric medical malpractice; there are hundreds, if not thousands, of similarly sad experiences that could have been avoided if doctors had taken the time to listen to parents, and parents were more prepared in dealing with these obstacles.

*The names have been changed for confidentiality purposes.

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Parents whose children are victims of medical malpractice should contact Anapol Schwartz by calling toll-free (866) 735-2792 or emailing.

February 5, 2007

Parenting Skills More Scary Than Mental Health Issues

Parenting Skills Should Trump Mental Health Screening:

Mental health screening of all children is the goal of legislation introduced into many state legislatures this year. Typical of these controversial bills is the Missouri bill that would require every Missouri school district, in collaboration with “the office of comprehensive child mental health,” to develop “a policy of incorporating social and emotional development into the district’s educational program.”

The Missouri bill requires schools to “address teaching and assessing social and emotional skills and protocols for responding to children with social, emotional or mental health problems.” The bill also requires the Missouri State Board of Education to set “social and emotional development standards.”

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January 31, 2007

Women warned not to overeat during pregnancy

By 2010, over one fifth of pregnant women in the UK will be obese at the start of their pregnancy, according to scientists from the North East Public Health Observatory (NEPHO).

The Teeside-based researchers studied 36,821 women who had attended a local maternity unit between the start of 1990 and the end of 2004 and found that the proportion of women who are obese at the start of their pregnancy rose from 9.9% to 16.0% in the 14-year period.

Results also showed that mums-to-be were more likely to be overweight if they were at the older end of the fertility spectrum and lived in a deprived area.

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Identifying Breast Cancer Symptoms

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in this present day and age. Women around the world are susceptible to breast cancer while men are prone to develop prostate cancer. Let us focus our attention the most common form of cancer in women, and one of the most common types of cancer in general.

Research statistics indicate that one in every seven women who live up to the age of 90 will develop breast cancer. However, the statistics are a bit skewed because this disease is especially prevalent in some families. Women who have a family history of being afflicted with this type of cancer have a greater chance of developing this disease. You should stay especially vigilant for breast cancer symptoms if the women in your family have a history of breast cancer.

In general, breast cancer symptoms manifest themselves once the cancer is already in its later stages of growth, and may have already metastasized to other more vital areas of the body. This means that it would be healthy for women to get checked for tumors regularly. Late stage breast cancer symptoms are much more unpleasant than the mammograms they have to endure during a check up.

A lump in a woman’s breast is one of most common breast cancer symptoms than may indicate the presence of this illness. Of course, not all lumps are cancerous. Most women will develop numerous lumps in their breasts throughout their lives. Lumps are especially common during periods of rapid hormonal changes such as puberty and menstruation.

Some women who suffer from this illness often experience pain in their breasts. This painful sensation is one of the more severe breast cancer symptoms. A cancer that has grown large enough to impinge on nerves will be a noticeable lump in a self check or mammogram. Once again, pain in the breast are does not necessarily mean that a woman has breast cancer. Women usually experience tenderness of the breasts during puberty and periods of hormone fluxes .

Cases of breast cancer are usually diagnosed in women over 40, but women in their teens and twenties can be afflicted with this disease as well. If you are a woman, then it would be good idea to start checking yourself for lumps from puberty. However, do not forget that you’ll probably find a lot of lumps that are harmless during this period. You’ll soon get an idea of the kinds of lumps that are normal, and the kinds of lumps that may be breast cancer symptoms, with some experience and some consultation with your doctor.

By: Morgan Hamilton

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