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What are the dangers associated with a subgaleal hemorrhage?

Many women carry their babies and deliver them without any incident here in California. Others have much more difficult pregnancies and childbirths. Two of the most common types of injuries that babies suffer during the birthing process in the United States are head or brain injuries. These can leave newborns with lasting impairments.

A subgaleal hemorrhage is one of the more serious types of birth injuries. It often results from doctors using a vacuum extractor or forceps to remove a fetus from the womb.

How serious of a problem is drugged driving?

The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) survey reveals just how popular it's becoming for individuals to take drugs and then get behind the wheel of their car. The organization's data shows that as many as 12.6 million individuals operated their vehicle while intoxicated from drugs in 2018. Those same statistics show that nearly eight million more motorists drove while drunk that same year. In case you're wondering if one type of driving is more serious than another, they're both pretty dangerous.

NSDUH data shows that males are more apt to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs than females are. The highest incidence of drugged driving is among men who fall into the 21 to 25-year-old age bracket.

Kobe Bryant's death causes many to second guess helicopter safety

Traveling across town in a chauffeured car or a helicopter to avoid California's deadlocked traffic is a reality for some of the busiest and wealthiest individuals. While these modes of transportation may make it easier for high profile people to get around town, the crash of the famed basketball player Kobe Bryant's helicopter on Jan. 26 caused many to question just how safe these types of aircraft are.

The helicopter accident that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant and eight other individuals' lives last weekend is tragic. Helicopter crashes happen more often than other aviation crashes though.

Did a medical mistake cause your baby to be stillborn?

Few things are worse than losing a child. When you never really got to even meet that child, you may experience the loss even deeper. You managed to make it to 20 weeks, and you may even have found out the sex of your baby before something went terribly wrong.

You may have lost your child like other parents here in California, but unlike them, you had yet to deliver your baby when he or she died. You had to deliver your baby naturally, by C-section, dilation and evacuation, or induction of labor. Your body needs to heal, and so do you. However, before you can, you want answers.

Patients must be their own advocates to prevent injuries

Medical malpractice is a serious concern for patients, whether they're getting a vaccine, going through a surgery or considering different treatments for other conditions. Malpractice can happen to almost anyone, and it's a real problem that has to be addressed when it does occur.

Malpractice isn't always intentional, though it can be. Usually, malpractice is a result of issues where a medical provider makes an error, like cutting into the wrong area for a surgery. Normally, a lack of skill (or simple mistakes) lead to patient injuries.

Your mind wanders as your brain sorts information while you drive

Have you ever pulled into the driveway to discover that you remember almost none of the drive home? Or have you ever felt surprised as you drive up to the back of a traffic jam, having to slam on the brakes and realizing you were not paying enough attention?

It happens. When you're a new driver, the activity seems engaging, exciting, risky and complicated. That helps you pay attention. Quickly, though, driving starts to feel mundane and even boring. That's when your brain may check out.

You can hold an airplane manufacturer accountable for defects

The Boeing 737 MAX airplane has been grounded for months as the aircraft manufacturer and government officials at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been working to assess the safety of the jumbo jet. This plane model was involved in two fatal crashes and many other close calls in the past two years. Plans are now in the works to get it back in the air flying once again.

Boeing performed an internal audit late last year. Now FAA officials are reviewing the results with the aviation company. Federal regulators want to make sure that all safety flaws that the plane has have been adequately identified before approving it to carry passengers once again. In their statement, the FAA noted that they haven't set any specific timeline for getting it back in the air once again.

Why do obstetricians and gynecologists most often get sued?

One of the reasons that medical care is so costly nowadays is because doctors have to take out large malpractice insurance policies to cover them in case their patients file a lawsuit against them. Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) are one type of doctor that gets sued quite a bit more often than others. There are some trends for why these women's health professionals often face lawsuits.

Medscape, a health care research organization, recently polled 4,000 primary care doctors across the U.S. At least 59% of them reported having been previously sued for malpractice.

A consumer watchdog group announces 2019's most dangerous toys

If you have children, then they likely received many toys this holiday season. While you may assume that products have to meet certain safety standards to be released on the market, that's not the case.

While manufacturers and distributors are expected to warn consumers of potential dangers a product poses, it's ultimately in the consumer's decision to decide what's appropriate for their child. A report that captures what the most dangerous toys in 2019 were was released by World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH) earlier this month.

A missed or delayed diagnosis causes more harm than you think

Every treatment plan begins with a diagnosis. Even if you go to the doctor with a cough, stuffy nose and fever, the doctor needs to diagnose you with a cold or the flu before prescribing a treatment plan.

If a doctor misdiagnoses your cold or flu, it probably wouldn't have a devastating effect on you. You may be sick a couple more days than you should have, but in most cases, there's no permanent harm done. However, when it comes to more serious illnesses, a missed or delayed diagnosis could prove debilitating or deadly, and sadly, it happens more often than you would think.

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