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The link between ADHD and TBI in Ohio

According to a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, there may be a link between brain injuries and ADHD. One of the researchers involved in the study said that adults who have suffered a TBI are twice as likely to have ADHD compared to adults who are healthy. However, adults may not be tested for the disorder because it typically starts in childhood.

Fatigued drivers can be as dangerous as impaired ones in Ohio

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.5 percent of fatal car accidents and 2 percent of non-fatal accidents are related to driver fatigue, but these numbers are likely greatly understated. This is because fatigue is generally not noted in police reports due to the fact that it is not as easy to determine as when someone has been driving under the influence, and there is no definitive test for it.

Concerns when diagnosing a brain injury in Ohio

As technology improves, it becomes easier to see more of the human body each time an image is taken. Therefore, it may also become easier to find abnormalities in an individual that may or may not be associated with the presence of a disease in that person. In the medical community, the belief is that finding a disease early enough may allow enough time to cure it.

Woman sues restaurant known for throwing rolls

A woman has sued a Missouri restaurant known for throwing rolls, claiming she was injured by one of the rolls. She alleges in her complaint that the roll caused "serious and permanent damage" and is asking for at least $25,000 in damages. In Ohio and all other states, business owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for customers.

Why thyroid issues are missed in Ohio men

When the thyroid does not release enough of the hormone T3 or T4, it can cause a condition known as hypothyroidism. Although the condition is mostly seen in women, it can be a condition that men in Ohio and around the country suffer from as well. However, it is something that is easily misdiagnosed in men who are suffering from symptoms such as dry skin or exhaustion.

Hearing loss in infants and antibiotics

Ohio parents may be interested in hearing about a recent study showing that some antibiotics that are routinely used to treat infants with bacterial infections are linked to causing loss of their hearing. The class of antibiotics linked to the high risk of suffering permanent hearing loss is the aminoglycosides antibiotic class.

Steps can be taken to reduce medical malpractice

In Ohio, as well as around the U.S., medical errors that cause death or injury could occur. Joan Rivers died as a result of a medical procedure. The endoscopy she underwent was elective, but it was a routine exploratory surgery. In the case of Rivers, there may have been an unapproved biopsy done during her surgery. Routine surgeries that result in malpractice usually involve other factors that lead up to the end result.

Children with brain injuries may develop attention issues

Ohio parents may be interested to learn about a new study that shows children with traumatic brain injury, or TBI, suffer more lapses in attention and experience longer reaction times than kids who suffer injuries to other areas of the body. The study was conducted by researchers in the Netherlands.

Drugs linked with dementia and slow recovery from brain injuries

Many Ohio residents suffering from conditions such as insomnia, asthma, incontinence or muscle spasms are prescribed anticholinergic drugs. These popular medications control involuntary muscle spasms by blocking certain chemical processes in the brain, but recent research has linked them to slower recovery from brain and spinal cord injuries and the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Overview of pressure ulcers

Many elderly and disabled people in Ohio develop pressure ulcers, or bedsores, when their skin breaks down from excessive pressure. Pressure ulcers often affect people who require wheelchairs or are unable to move parts of their body due to injuries or diseases. People suffering from malnourishment, fragile skin or a condition that affects blood flow can also develop pressure ulcers.

Getting sick while in the hospital

When most people think of hospitals, they are likely to think of sterile areas. That misconception might be harmful for some Ohio patients. Anyone who is going to the hospital or has a loved one there should know that hospitals are a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria. Adding in the overuse of antibiotics in patients seems to exacerbate the problem of patients getting sick because of infections that can be traced to hospitals.

Recorded surgeries may help protect patients

Ohio residents may be interested in learning about a Wisconsin bill being introduced that may improve accountability during surgery. If passed, the bill would allow patients to ask that their surgeries be recorded. A patient may also be able to sign an advanced directive that would result in all future surgeries being taped automatically. The legislation was proposed in honor of a 38-year-old woman who passed after being given too much propofol during surgery.

Vehicles fail surprise CVSA brake inspection

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance checked brakes on 6,337 vehicles around the country and in Canada on May 6, resulting in more than 14 percent of those inspected being taken out of service. Nine percent of the trucks were taken out of service for brake adjustment violations, compared to 9.5 percent last year. Nearly 8 percent had brake component violations, compared to 8.5 percent last year. The overall rate was a slight improvement from last year's inspection. Brake failures are a cause of injury and death in Ohio and in other states every year.

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