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Obstetrical Care for Women with Disabilities

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was overjoyed, but also apprehensive,” writes Erin E. Andrews, in an article for the American Psychological Association (1). She goes on to explain: “I am a congenital triple amputee who uses a power wheelchair for mobility. I was less concerned about the effects of my disability, and…

How Does Noise Affect the Health of NICU Babies?

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is essential to the survival of many premature and sick infants. However, babies in the NICU may also be exposed to certain types of harm, including neurotoxic chemicals (such as phalates and phenols), restricted social interaction (which can hinder bonding and language development), and abnormal light and sound stimuli…

Pregnancy Spotlight: Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Every day, our nurses and attorneys receive calls from expectant mothers with concerns about symptoms they’re experiencing during pregnancy. They’re curious if their symptoms are normal, and they wonder what their next steps should be. Patients should always visit a medical professional with concerns like these and receive appropriate care for maternal-fetal conditions and illnesses…

Pregnancy Spotlight: Group B Strep

Every day, our nurses and attorneys receive calls from expectant mothers with concerns about symptoms they’re experiencing during their pregnancy. They’re curious if their symptoms are normal, and they wonder what their next steps should be. Patients should always visit a medical professional with concerns like these and receive appropriate care for maternal-fetal conditions and…

April is STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) / STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Awareness Month! (Part II: Congenital Syphilis)

[VIEW PART I HERE] Earlier this month we posted some general information regarding STD Awareness Month. This time, we’d like to focus on one particular infection whose rates are rising very significantly: congenital syphilis. What is Syphilis? Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is part of the STORCH (Syphilis, Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, and Herpes…

April is STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) / STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Awareness Month! (Part I: Overview)

[View Part II Here] Each year, the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) hosts STD Awareness Month. The birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh would like to spread awareness of sexually transmitted infections as a part of the effort to help people get tested and talk about these infections, as they can pose…

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month | Maternal Infection and Birth Injury

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month | Promoting Awareness of Maternal Infection and Birth Injury Every February, Group B Strep International (GBSI) sponsors and organizes International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. The awareness observance, which is recognized by and listed in the National Health Observance Calendar, is dedicated to promoting international awareness and prevention of infections that can be…

UM Seizure Study Aims to Reduce Brain Damage and Prolong Life

A new University of Michigan Health System study, Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT), will compare three drugs that treat seizures in patients. The study aims to reduce brain damage and increase the likelihood of patient survival during prolonged and dangerous seizures. For years, doctors have tried different methods to stop severe seizures in adults…

New Seizure Detection Technologies Seek to Prevent Brain Damage

A groundbreaking study of a device that has the potential to instantly detect seizure activity in a newborn began this month. Instant detection of seizures, which often have no outward symptoms, can lead to prompt intervention and treatment of the seizure activity. This could prevent much of the brain damage – and even death – caused by seizures. Indeed, the device, called cot-side technology, may save a lot of lives.