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Very informative article co-published by ProPublica and NPR, "The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth":The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The health care system focuses on babies but often...[ Read More... ]
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 There are a lot of health benefits for babies breastfeeding, from absorbing antibodies to help babies fight off viruses and bacteria, to lowering their risk of having asthma or allergies.  Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea ("Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby -...[ Read More... ]
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Temporary blindness from one-eye smartphone viewing in dark
An article was published in "The New England Journal of Medicine" describing how you can get temporary vision loss, as found when getting the case history of a 22-year-old woman and 40-year-old woman.  The cause was pretty simple: lying down in bed on your side in the dark, looking at a smartphone, but only with one eye as the other eye is blocked by your pillow - when going back to using...[ Read More... ]
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Injecting modified, human, adult stem cells directly into the brains of chronic stroke patients proved not only safe but effective in restoring motor function, according to the findings of a small clinical trial led by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators.The patients, all of whom had suffered their first and only stroke between six months and three years before...[ Read More... ]
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New study published in the BMJ medical journals: researchers from John Hopkins University School of Medicine estimate deaths from medical errors in the US to be 251,454 each year - about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States. Data was taken from Medicare and 13 other hospitals.  This makes medical errors the third leading cause of a non-violent death in the U.S., ahead of...[ Read More... ]
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