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Doctors don't always see communication problems

Communication is incredibly important to the doctor-patient relationship. Documents provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information note that doctors who have good people skills and good relationships with their patients have a better chance of offering an accurate diagnosis, providing appropriate counsel, offering helpful therapeutic instructions, and building positive relationships that help with the care the patients are receiving.

Unfortunately, patients do not always get the communication they desire and do not always have the close relationships with their doctors that can be beneficial to their health. Repeatedly, surveys have demonstrated that they want better overall communication with medical professionals.

Undiagnosed gestational diabetes can haunt mother and child

While chubby babies are tremendously cute, a chubby newborn is a sign that the mother suffered from gestational diabetes—and that's a serious problem.

If the disease goes undetected, the consequences can be devastating.

Ovarian cancer is one of the top diseases doctors miss

When you go to the doctor and you get a clean bill of health, you trust that the medical professionals would have found anything that was wrong. Your very life could hang in the balance. If the doctor misses something and fails to diagnose a serious ailment, it could get worse -- and even turn fatal -- before it's found.

Experts have noted that doctors often miss some very common and dangerous diseases, one of which is ovarian cancer.

When and how to go about getting a second opinion

If you're like most Americans, you place a lot of trust in your doctor. Physicians undergo considerable schooling and training to get where they are. They're some of society's best and brightest.

That doesn't mean they never make mistakes. In some situations, it's wise to get a second medical opinion to see if it aligns with an initial diagnosis or recommendation. Most respected doctors will agree that getting a second opinion (or a specialist's opinion) is a smart move.

Is your doctor too tired to be treating you?

When you land in the emergency room, the first question on your mind probably isn't, "How tired is the doctor treating me?" But it's a question that could be critical to your health.

The resident physicians that staff many emergency rooms are supposed to follow limits on how long they can work, but the reality is that sleep-deprived doctors are the norm in a culture that rewards those who work marathon sessions.

The pros and cons of short emergency room waiting times

One of the biggest problems people face when they go to the emergency room is that they have to wait too long. It may be an emergency to you, but that doesn't mean you get care right away.

The Government Accountability Office found that people who were supposed to be seen in a maximum of 14 minutes based on their conditions actually waited an average of 37 minutes. That's more than twice as long, and that's just the average -- meaning that, for every person who is actually seen in the "max" of 14 minutes, someone else isn't seen for well over 37 minutes.

5 common pregnancy complications

Pregnancy is an exciting time, full of anticipation as you await the arrival of your little one. Yet it can also be a stressful and wearisome journey - especially if you end up suffering health problems along the way.

Pregnancy complications are more common than you might think. They affect about 14 percent of pregnancies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fortunately, many of those complications are manageable if promptly caught and treated. That's one reason why consistent prenatal care is so important.

The following are among the most common complications that all pregnant women should be on the watch for:

How nurses can avoid medication errors

The most common mistakes made by new nurses involve medication. These mistakes can be made in numerous ways that are all dangerous, from giving out the wrong medication to giving someone the wrong dosage of the right medication.

These, of course, are avoidable issues. Patients expect nurses not to be negligent and not to make mistakes. However, nurses are human, so they do. The following are a few things they can do to avoid these errors:

Has your child been erroneously medicated for ADHD?

Millions of children in the United States are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—despite the fact that there has been controversy about the diagnosis for decades.

Research has yielded more questions than answers over the years about the disorder, which is characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness to a degree that it interfere's with a child's daily functioning when compared to other children of the same age.