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August 2013 Archives

Rehab for brain trauma often denied

Traumatic brain injuries are a growing concern in the United States, with 1.7 million new cases seen each year. 90,000 of these cases are so serious that they cause long-term disability. Kentucky residents likely know that brain injuries can be caused by car accidents, workplace accidents or sports injuries. Trauma from roadside bombs has been so common in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts that brain trauma has been called the "signature injury" of those wars.

Researchers may have new method to test consciousness

Kentucky families who have loved ones who suffered from a brain injury may be interested to learn that according to a report, scientists have found that they may be able to measure a person's brain response using a magnetic pulse, which may indicate to them to determine the awareness of someone who has suffered a closed head injury or other traumatic brain injury. Determining the consciousness of a person who has suffered severe brain trauma in an accident is often challenging due to the inability of people to respond.

Medical malpractice in autism-labor link?

Kentucky doctors might be looking closely at research showing a link between induced labor and autism. As in cases of birth injury, later developmental difficulties like autism may be ascribed to malpractice if doctors make the decision to induce. The study examined the North Carolina Detailed Birth Record and Education Research databases, finding 5,500 cases of autism spectrum disorder out of about 625,000 live births.

Overdiagnosis common, experts say

With the advances in medical imaging technology that many patients in Kentucky and across the nation have access to, it is not difficult to find any abnormality in the body. However, according to experts, all people have some abnormalities, but few of them are actually dangerous. When abnormalities are found, doctors and patients naturally want to take action, but sometimes, the treatment is more harmful to the patient than the disease.

Surgeon facing charges for Medicare fraud

A doctor who may have treated patients from Kentucky has been arrested by the FBI for Medicare fraud. The doctor, who worked out of a private practice in Hamilton, Ohio, is accused of billing Medicare for three times as many procedures as the next most active interior lumbar fusion surgeon.

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