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Reasons for high maternal mortality rates

While advances in modern medicine have made giving birth safer for women in Ohio and other states, America has not been matching other countries in terms of maternal mortality rates. Japan, Britain, Germany and other developed countries have decreased the rate of moralities for every 100,000 live births since 1990, but a study in 2013 found that U.S. mortality rates have risen. This means pregnant women in the U.S. face at least three times the risk of suffering a fatal complication during childbirth than women in several other countries.

Causes behind cargo tank rollover accidents

Many Ohio motorists are familiar with the sight of cargo tank trucks on streets and highways. On occasion these trucks will roll over, and although this type of accident is rare, when it happens there is the possibility of severe damage to others on the road as well as to surrounding areas due to the spillage of potentially dangerous cargo.

Pickup truck hits limousine and kills four women

Ohio residents may have seen the recent reports of a terrible car accident on Long Island that took the lives of four women who were riding in a limousine. The district attorney charged with prosecuting the case has alleged that the man driving the pickup truck that caused the accident had been drinking beer earlier in the day.

2 dead, 4 injured in 2-vehicle car crash

Ohio parents of children who are learning how to drive may have heard that, on July 14, two teenagers were killed and three were injured after a truck collided with their driver's education vehicle in New York. Two of the injured were also teenagers while the third injured person was the instructor.

Doctors identify the most misdiagnosed health issues

Residents of Ohio who are concerned about medical negligence and malpractice may be interested in a recent health survey that named the most commonly misdiagnosed health issues. A misdiagnosis can lead to continued suffering and, in some cases, new health problems. The six most common misdiagnoses, which were chosen after interviews with several physicians, are thyroid diseases, fibromyalgia, migraines, lupus, celiac disease and Lyme disease.

Delayed diagnosis allows Lyme disease to become chronic

Ticks in the fields and woods of Ohio could potentially spread Lyme disease, a condition that can disable people if treatment does not occur promptly. Unfortunately, a nationwide survey of 6,104 patients recently conducted by an advocacy group revealed that doctors often resisted testing for the tick-borne illness even when patients reported symptoms consistent with the disease.

Doctor sentenced to 45 years for misdiagnosing cancer patients

Ohio patients may be interested to learn that a doctor was sentenced to 45 years in prison on July 10 after he was convicted for defrauding his patients. According to news reports, the practitioner had administered at least 2,000 chemotherapy treatments on patients who either did not have cancer or who no longer needed to the treatments.

Diagnostic guidelines can affect accuracy in COPD cases

Accuracy in diagnosing pulmonary diseases and conditions can be important as Ohio health care providers endeavor to treat their patients. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease afflicts than 27 million residents of the U.S. and more than 210 million individuals around the world. However, recent requests for change in the standards for diagnosing the condition may affect professionals as they treat their patients.

Good doctors can make medical mistakes

Ohio patients may think that selecting a reputable medical professional will guard against serious errors and problems. However, even those who are highly-skilled and who are considered to be good doctors can make mistakes. There are many areas in which such errors can occur, and by being aware of these areas, patients can be more proactive in heading off trouble related to practitioner mistakes.

Anesthesiologist's harsh comments recorded during surgery

When Ohio patients go into a hospital for surgery, they must place a great deal of trust in the medical team that is caring for them. One patient in Virginia did just that only to learn that his anesthesiologist had been mocking him while he was sedated. After filing a medical malpractice and defamation claim, the man was awarded $500,000 for his ordeal.

Ohio teenage drivers and the fatal risks of reckless driving

Ohio drivers may not realize that while drivers under age 21 account for only 10 percent of all licensed drivers, they also account for 17 percent of all fatal alcohol-related accidents nationwide. While most states have a .02 blood alcohol concentration limit for those under 21, others have a zero-tolerance policy. Despite these strict guidelines, approximately 2,000 underage drinkers die each year while behind the wheel.

Older drivers are safer but die more often, according to CDC

The number of older drivers in Ohio and around the country is increasing. Data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of drivers of the age of 65 or older increased by more than a third between 1999 and 2012, and there are now more than 36 million seniors behind the wheel. The data also indicates that the likelihood of dying in a fatal car crash is significantly higher per mile traveled for drivers who have reached the age of 70, and death rates are highest among those aged 85 or older.

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