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Women have a higher risk of being misdiagnosed for heart attacks

When a woman believes she may have a health issue and she sees a doctor to have the matter diagnosed, she has every reason to believe that her concerns will be taken seriously. Doctors have a duty to listen carefully to their patients when they describe their symptoms. To do otherwise could prevent the doctor from properly diagnosing a serious condition.

What can a hospital do to reduce the risk of patients falling?

Falling is one of the gravest dangers that older and more frail patients face during hospital stays. In a previous blog post, we discussed the things that hospitals can do to help identify high-risk patients. But merely identifying such patients is not enough. So, what can a hospital actually do to prevent falls from occurring?

What to do if you suspect abuse of a loved on in a nursing home

Deciding to place a family member in a nursing home or similar assisted living facility is often difficult. You want your loved one to receive excellent care and have a high quality of life. However, if they have medical issues, such as mobility limitations or Alzheimer's, you may not be able to care for them at home any more.

The only thing more heartbreaking than needing to put your parent into a nursing home is realizing that they are being mistreated, abused, or neglected in the facility where they are living. If you believe a loved one is experiencing elder abuse, you should take immediate action.

To ensure safety, doctors must monitor medication use of patients

It seems that we are inundated with commercials and other forms of marketing touting the curative properties of medications that are currently available. The problem with these paid messages is that they don't ever explain how the medications actually interact with your body. You are just being handed the notion that all you need to do is take a drug and your medical issues will be magically remedied. But when it comes to prescription drugs, things are not so simple.

When should I seek a second opinion regarding medical care?

Modern automobiles come equipped with sensors that allow mechanics to easily diagnose mechanical issues. All that a mechanic needs to do is connect a car to a computer and run a diagnostic test, which will reveal any problems. As such, all honest mechanics will tell you the same thing about your car's mechanical needs.

Cerebral palsy creates obstacles that last a lifetime

It is every parent's hope that their child will grow up to live a full and rewarding life. And if that child is born healthy, then he or she should have an opportunity to do just that. But if a baby suffers an injury while being delivered, the chances of living a normal life could be greatly diminished.

How do I choose a surgeon?

Even though medical practices have evolved to the point where patient safety is a higher level than ever before, there is always the possibility of suffering an injury during a surgical procedure. As such, if you are likely to need surgery in the near future, you owe it to yourself to prepare by doing some research. The fact is, not all doctors are equally skilled, and the quality of care they offer can vary greatly.

Invasive dental procedure could cause sinus cavity puncture

Let's be honest, going to the dentist is not something most of us look forward to, but it is necessary if you want to keep your smile intact. We all have a natural aversion to pain, and even with Novocaine, it is not unusual to experience some discomfort during a dental procedure. This is to be expected given that dentists use very sharp instruments when working on one of the most sensitive areas of the body.

Choosing a safe nursing home for your loved one

Choosing a nursing home for a family member can be very difficult. You may have mixed emotions about the situation and it can be stressful thinking about leaving a loved one in the care of people you don't know. The sad reality is that not all nursing homes treat their patients well or operate as safely as they should, which is why it's important to know how to choose a good nursing home.

Before choosing a nursing home, always make sure you visit it first to inspect the facility and talk to the staff. Here are things you should look for when you visit a nursing home before you leave your loved one there.

Study shows high injury rate in rehabilitative hospitals

If you undergo a serious medical procedure, you may require additional care for your recovery. It is not unusual for those who are recovering from a physical injury, a stroke or surgery to then go to a rehabilitation hospital. And although a rehab hospital is supposed to provide treatment intended to improve a patient's health, far too often what is offered will actually worsen a patient's condition.

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