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Why does perinatal asphyxia occur?

All pregnant women hope for a smooth birthing process prior to the arrival of a healthy baby boy or girl. Unfortunately, complications do occur, some of which can have a severe impact. Perinatal asphyxia is one such complication that occurs when a baby doesn't receive enough oxygen. Swift medical treatment is crucial in this case, as explained by Healthline

Some babies have a greater risk of developing symptoms of perinatal asphyxia. Older mothers or those with certain medical conditions, such as preeclampsia and diabetes, have a higher risk of delivering a baby with perinatal asphyxia. So do women who give birth prematurely or those whose babies are a lower birth weight. Symptoms typically appear immediately after birth and include a slower than normal heart rate, pale skin or skin that has a bluish tint, problems breathing, and diminished muscle tone. 

Heartburn drug Zantac, generic versions could contain possible carcinogen

The Food and Drug Administration announced that the popular heartburn medication Zantac, or ranitidine, and some generic versions of the medication, could have an impurity that could cause cancer. Read more here.

What is fibroadenoma?

Even with advanced medical technology, misdiagnosis happens all the time. When it comes to breast cancer, a misdiagnosis can delay life-saving treatment and negatively impact a patient's prognosis. Being aware of common conditions that mimic breast cancer can help patients get proper medical treatment while also offering some peace of mind. For instance, a fibroadenoma is a type of non-cancerous tumor that feels similar to breast cancer. BreastCancer.org offers the following information. 

A fibroadenoma usually occurs in younger women. Some are quite small in size, only about as big as a marble, while others can be up to 5 centimeters. They are typically round or oval and tend to have a spongy feeling. Fibroadenomas usually aren't painful. In some cases, this type of benign tumor may go away on its own, while in others it may grow bigger. Hormonal changes often affect growth patterns. For example, during pregnancy fibroadenomas usually get bigger, while they tend to shrink when a woman goes through menopause. 

Patient found in freezer, child loses toe: 46 claims of abuse investigated at mental health facility

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police are investigating a total of 46 claims of patient abuse and neglect at a Georgia psychiatric hospital, one week after Channel 2 Action News first reported the complaints.

Recall of blood pressure medications expanded for 5th time due to possible cancer risk

WASHINGTON - Federal health officials said a recall for medication used to treat high blood pressure has been expanded for a fifth time after trace amounts of a possible cancer-causing substance were detected...The substance, called N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid or NMBA, is a "probable human carcinogen," according to the FDA. Read the full article here.

Understand the causes and types of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries occur when there is sudden damage to the brain. It could be caused by a jolt or blow to the head. The injury doesn't have to penetrate the skull to result in a TBI.

When the initial injury occurs, that first impact is known as the primary injury. Following this, there is a risk of secondary injuries. Secondary injuries occur when there is delayed trauma, such as swelling on the brain.

What should I know when choosing a Halloween costume?

Halloween will be here before you know it, which is why many parents in Georgia have already begun shopping for costumes. When looking for cool costumes, safety is an important concern, and there are a variety of things to consider to ensure your child remains safe and secure on the holiday. To make sure you make the right selection, Consumer Reports offers the following advice. 

Watch out for sharp accessories

Googling Symptoms Improves Patients' Experiences In The ER, According To A New Study

New research published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) has found that Googling health-related questions has a positive impact on patients' experience in emergency rooms....The researchers assessed the experience of patients using a "doctor-patient relationship" scale and found that 68% of patients who had googled their symptoms believed that it helped them communicate more effectively with their physician. Read the full article  here. 

How safe are home births?

Some women look at home births as a more positive experience than delivering in the hospital. However, home births are associated with a number of risks, and these risks can put the health of the baby and mother in jeopardy. WebMD offers the following information about home births so you can determine whether this option is right for you and your baby. 

The first step is to determine whether you're a good candidate for a home birth. Only women who are in good health and expected to have uncomplicated pregnancies are recommended for this procedure. Women who've had C-sections in the past, those delivering multiples, and those with health conditions like diabetes are encouraged to give birth within a hospital or medical clinic. While the presence of a trained midwife can reduce the risk of complications, there is no substitute for professional medical care when births are complicated.

Moving to an urban area and the risk of a traffic accident

There are a lot of auto accident risk factors to watch out for, from busy streets to bad weather. Sometimes, those who drive in urban areas are especially likely to encounter certain hazards on the road, especially in comparison to those who live in rural areas that are relatively quiet. For some drivers, such as those who do not have very much experience driving in a large city, this can make driving especially dangerous. If you have recently moved to an urban area from the countryside, or plan to do so soon, it is important to be aware of these concerns.

In many rural areas, roads are quieter and daily life may not be very hectic (at least in comparison to a large metropolitan area). It may be easy to find parking spaces and drivers may be far less aggressive. On the other hand, driving in a city can be tricky, to say the least. Some people may speed because they did not realize how long it would take to drive to a particular location and they have an important meeting, while others may not be used to driving during rush hour traffic.

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