July 28, 2010

Aide’s Negligence to Blame

1 Mom Breastfeeds Wrong Baby at VA Hospital

When Suzanne Libby, who had given birth to a baby boy the day before, couldn’t find her son in the hospital nursery, she went looking for him in the maternity ward only to find him in his bassinet in another woman’s room. Turns out an aide didn’t check the baby’s ID tags with the other woman’s and worse, the woman had breastfed Libby’s child. Blood tests on the woman showed that she didn’t have HIV or other diseases that can be passed along in breast milk. This situation sheds light on an uncommon, but not unheard of, hospital problem - accurate patient identification. Fifteen years ago, two babies were switched at birth and more recently at least six other wrong identity errors were reported at US hospitals. Libby, a lawyer, is seeking legal action against the hospital.

More at TheWashingtonPost.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Hospitals More Deadly in July

Tags: Breastfeeding, Newborns, Hospital Error, Suzanne Libby, Patient Identification

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Penile Extender Lacks Approval

2 Agents Seize FastSize Extenders and Monitors

U.S. Marshals were busy today seizing $346,954.43 worth of extenders and erectile monitors manufactured by FastSize, LLC of Aliso Viejo, Calif. The FastSize Extender devices and FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor devices, plus component parts, were seized by request of the FDA. The FastSize Extender is marketed to help men gain penile length, girth and overall penile health improvement, as well as correcting penile deformity from Peyronie’s disease. The FastSize monitors measure penile axial rigidity or intercavernosal pressure. They're also said to aid in diagnosing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. However, the devices were seized because they lack premarket approval for these uses, and the FDA says that inspectors found "significant deviations from cGMP regulations."

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Condom with Teeth Fights Rape

Tags: Intercavernosal Pressure, FastSize Extender, Penile Health Improvement, Peyronie’s, FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor Devices, FastSize Seized, FastSize Recall, CGMP Regulations, Premarket Approval FastSize

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Lack of Desire Top Sex Issue

3 Top Six Sex Problems Women Experience

A survey published in a medical journal reveals the top six sexual problems women face, says CNN. According to the survey published in the Journal of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, lack of desire is the most common sexual issue women face with 47 percent reporting the problem. Other sexual problems faced by women surveyed include: orgasm problems (45 percent), arousal issues (40 percent), lack of satisfaction (39 percent), lack of lubrication (37 percent) and pain (36 percent). More than half (54 percent) of women ages 18 to 30 reported problems achieving orgasm, while 77 percent of women ages 55 to 70 reported lack of desire as an issue. For the survey, researchers included 587 women ages 18 to 95 who attend a New Jersey clinic.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Thinking Orgasms

Tags: Lack of Desire, Sexual Issues Women Face, Common Sexual Problems in Women, Biggest Sexual Issue in Women, Arousal Issues, Lack of Lubrication, Pain During Sex, Journal of the British Association of Urological Surgeons

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Mouth-to-Mouth Out of Style

4 New CPR Studies Suggest Skipping the Breathing

Two new studies just published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggest that chest compressions only may be just as effective or possibly even better than CPR with rescue breathing, reports ABC News. Chest-compression-only CPR is also known as CCR. Researchers in the first study found that people following directions from 911 dispatchers in Seattle and King County, Washington had just as much success with traditional CPR as with CCR. About the same number of people in each group survived long enough to make it to the hospital. The other study, conducted in Sweden, found that survival for one month wasn't affected by whether the person received standard CPR or compressions only. Children, drowning victims, those with chronic lung disease or acute asthma should have rescue breathing.

More at ABC News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: New England Journal of Medicine, Chest Compressions Only, CPR, CCR, Directions from 911 Dispatchers, Traditional CPR, New CPR, New CPR Studies, Skipping Rescue Breathing

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Mysterious Benefit of Alcohol

5 Alcohol May Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Those who don't consume alcohol are around four times more likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis than people who drink at least one alcoholic beverage three or more days a week, say researchers writing in the journal Rheumatology. According to CNN, the researchers found that people in the study who consumed a drink on more than 10 days in the previous month were less likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis than those who didn't drink alcohol at all. Also, they found that people with rheumatoid arthritis who drank on more than 10 days in the previous month tended to experience less severe symptoms. However, CNN warns that the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and alcohol is still fuzzy. Researchers didn't track how many drinks the study participants consumed.

More at Chicago Tribune | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Frequent Alcohol Users

Tags: Rheumatology, Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment, Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Alcohol, Alcohol Fights Rheumatoid Arthritis, Habits of People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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