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What are the most common causes of birth injuries?

Birth injuries are a type of trauma that a newborn suffers during the labor and delivery process. National Institutes for Health (NIH) data shows that only 0.06 to 0.08% of all babies in the United States suffer an injury while they're being born. Those same statistics also show how less than 2% of babies die from birth injuries each year. Newborns are most vulnerable to getting seriously hurt when they're traveling within the birth canal.

Certain factors make a baby at risk for suffering a birth injury more than others. They include delivery mechanisms, fetal presentation and maternal factors.

There are some trends as to why helicopters crash

We often hear about helicopter crashes happening as part of military exercises on the news. There are a significant number of civilian helicopters that crash here in California each year though as well. The reasons that these aviation accidents occur are varied.

Data presented by the International Helicopter Safety Team Commonwealth of Independent States (IHST-CIS) in 2016 shows that there were 11 helicopter accidents in 2015. At least five of those crashes resulted in fatalities.

Make sure that you thoroughly investigate your California doctor

If there's one piece of advice that patients are given when they're diagnosed with a medical condition and told that they should consider having a surgery, it's that they should weigh their options carefully. What most people mean when they say this is that patients shouldn't assume that surgery is the best option for them as another treatment may be more ideal. Very few patients take this to mean that they should investigate their doctor. They should though.

A recent KSBY News Investigation showed just how easy it is for doctors that have had disciplinary action taken against them to hide their records from patients. The investigators found that this information often can't be found using the California Medical Board's (CMB's) Breeze search tool.

Childbirth shouldn't be so life threatening in the 21st century

The medical field has greatly benefited from the explosion of technology in the last few decades. People are living longer, new diagnostic tools can help identify life-threatening conditions earlier and more people can survive acute medical problems and live well despite chronic ones.

So why are so many expectant and new mothers dying, especially in the United States, which is one of the most developed countries on the planet? Many people are asking this question, and some of the answers discovered are disturbing.

What are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries?

While a nonpreventable disease can cause someone to develop a spinal cord injury (SCI), it's not the primary factor that leads to such a condition. The leading type of incident that causes SCIs is preventable accidents.

Research compiled by Healthline shows that car accidents are the leading cause of SCIs in the United States. Data compiled by the health news company shows that at least 48% of the females and nearly 30% of the males who were ultimately diagnosed with an SCI in 2014 were injured in car crashes.

The leading causes of plane crashes: Pilot error and part defects

Plane crashes are often catastrophic. It doesn't matter if they involve a single-engine prop plane or a jumbo jet, passengers and crew members are lucky to survive these types of incidents. If you ever see a plane following an accident, you'll often see a mangled mess. The fact that planes seldom remain intact and its occupants often are seriously injured or die makes it extremely difficult to pinpoint the cause of plane crashes.

There are two primary causes of airplane crashes. Many of these incidents result from product defects. These flaws can be caused by faulty designs or manufacturing. Pilot negligence is the leading cause of plane accidents, though.

Reason to call an attorney after a car wreck

You've just been in a bad car wreck and you aren't sure what to do next. Well, you certainly aren't alone! There are roughly 6 million car accidents every year in the United States -- and roughly 2 million victims will end up with permanent injuries.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, you may not have any way of knowing how badly you're hurt. So here are some reasons to consider calling a car accident attorney right away:

What are common reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits?

Doctors take out professional liability insurance to protect them from being held personally liable for any indiscretions that they may make. There are common reasons that doctors end up being sued here in the United States.

Data compiled by FierceHealthcare shows that some 1.3 million Americans are injured each year in this country due to a medication error. This same factor results in at least one patient death each day in this country.

Frequent diagnostic errors in outpatient facilities

You expect to receive the best possible care when you are at the hospital. However, you cannot get the treatment that you need if your doctor does not give you the right diagnosis. Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical error in outpatient care centers, which means that it can actually be pretty difficult to find out what is going on.

Going to the doctor in California should not should not be scary, but it certainly can be when you are worried that a health care professional might miss important details. This is a valid fear, too. Even if it appears that a doctor is doing everything possible to get the right answers, mistakes can -- and do -- happen at every step of the way.

Talcum powder recall flies in face of product safety claims

On Oct. 3, 2019, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Johnson & Johnson gave a sworn deposition in a lawsuit involving a man who claims his daily use of the company's baby powder gave him cancer and firmly stated his belief in the product.

"We unequivocally believe that our talc and our baby powder does not contain asbestos," he stated, claiming that thousands of scientific tests or studies had been performed that backed his claim.

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