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Overlapping surgeries may result in medical malpractice

When going in for surgery, a patient hopes that his or her operation will be performed by an expert medical team that focuses on only that patient until the surgery is complete. However, prospective patients should be aware that many hospitals engage in a practice called overlapping. If they do this in a way that leads to negative repercussions for a patient, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

Shoulder dystocia: When and how does it happen?

When you're expecting, it's easy to dwell on what could go wrong during childbirth - especially if this is your first child or if you've had complications in the past. For women with normal pregnancies, shoulder dystocia is one of the most common complications during vaginal deliveries. It occurs when the baby's shoulder gets stuck behind your pubic bone. This position compresses the umbilical cord, which can put the baby at risk for oxygen deprivation.

Hospitals forget about mothers after childbirth

Childbirth is traumatic for mothers and children, but those children are often the focus for the medical staff. While this makes sense on some levels due to the vulnerability of newborns, some experts have said that the staff won't pay nearly enough attention to mothers, leading to far higher fatalities rates than are necessary.

Why it's not always a bad idea to consult Dr. Google

The Internet gives us access to a wealth of medical information at our fingertips. Yet it can also be a double-edged sword. Many of us have fallen down the rabbit hole of Googling our symptoms: What starts out as a probable cold turns into a likely case of terminal cancer.

Be aware of the 5th leading cause of young adult deaths

Strokes are not medical events that only impact the elderly. The older you get, you are probably starting to grasp the reality that old age is relative. Technically, you might be seen to others as, well, old -- or at least older.