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What behavioral and emotional changes occur after a brain injury?

Brain injuries can cause changes in almost every area of a victim's life. These changes can occur after a traumatic brain injury, but they can also occur after a series of minor brain injuries. Behavioral changes and emotional changes are some of the changes that might occur. Because these changes seem to change the person, they are often difficult for loved ones to deal with.

What are the most common car accident injuries?

Car accidents happen fairly often, and not surprisingly, they are can cause serious injuries. Every time you get behind the wheel, you're putting yourself at risk of being hit by a negligent driver. While the driver may be held accountable for your injuries, you still have to live through them. In an accident, these are some of the most common reasons for injuries.

Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can harm patients or be fatal

In our post on June 18, we discussed the case of the former emergency room nurse who was suffering from syringomyelia, a potentially fatal disease that involves cysts on the spinal cord. If you recall, she was misdiagnosed four times despite the fact that the cysts were evident on an imaging scan from her first encounter after experiencing symptoms. That woman's horrible story brings up an important point -- misdiagnosis of a patient's illness can sometimes have fatal consequences.

Diagnosis errors lead to terminal illness spreading for nurse

A dying emergency room nurse has decided to speak out about not being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition an astounding four times. According to her interview, the woman said she started getting headaches around her right eye and was feeling dizzy and nauseated. She was a nurse in an ER, so she knew the symptoms were potentially serious. At the time, she asked for tests and received an MRI and blood test.

Update: Federal authorities investigating power morcellator maker

Back in December, we discussed power morcellation and how some women were being diagnosed with cancer after having the uterus removed using the morcellator. If you recall, the morcellator is a power tool that is used to cut the uterus into pieces so it can be removed using laparoscopic methods. In some women, cancer cells that were undetectable were being cut and flung about the abdomen, which led to the cancer spreading. For some women, this was a death sentence. For other women, it meant lengthy cancer treatments.

Research claims coma patients are being misdiagnosed

If you had a loved one who was in a coma or what doctors identified as a vegetative state, you'd want to believe that the medical providers knew that they were accurate in this description. The last thing anyone wants to find out is that a loved one may have survived if they had been left on life support another month or because a misdiagnosis prevented the right care to bring them out of a coma.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy after a truck accident

Accident-related post-traumatic stress disorder is something that we discussed last week. Getting treatment for PTSD usually involves a variety of treatment options. One of those options is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of therapy won't change the fact that you were in an accident, but it can help you to cope with the feelings that creep up because of the accident-related PTSD.

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