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June 2019 Archives

New study: surgeons' unprofessional behavior can harm patients

A study published in JAMA Surgery shows that those who undergo surgery are more liable to develop post-operative complications if the surgeons display unprofessional behavior. Seven million surgical procedures are performed every year in California and across the U.S., and unprofessional behavior is estimated to impact the lives of at least 500,000 patients annually.

Erb's palsy: what it is and how it is treated in California

One to two out of every 1,000 newborns around the country develop a condition called Erb's palsy. This refers to palsy, or weakness, caused by damage to the upper nerves of the brachial plexus, a collection of nerves essential for movement and sensation in the arms, hands, and fingers.

Proving causation: an obstacle to many malpractice claims

Medical malpractice refers to the failure of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional to act according to a reasonable standard of care. If this leads to a patient being injured, then the patient may have good grounds for a claim. California residents should know that this second step, the step of proving causation, is not always easy.

Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's might have something else

Many older adults in California suffering from memory loss receive an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis. According to new research about the causes of dementia, many of them might have a different form of dementia. Many types of neurodegenerative diseases fall under the label of dementia, and the symptoms of limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy typically resemble Alzheimer's. Also referred to as LATE, the brain disease results from misshapen deposits of the protein TDP-43 whereas Alzheimer's arises from buildups of beta-amyloid protein on brain tissue.

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