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Inductions may prevent Connecticut birth injuries

On average, women carry a fetus for approximately 40 weeks. In some cases, however, an induction performed by a medical professional may be advised prior to the woman reaching 40 weeks' gestation. Larger babies, for example, are at risk of experiencing shoulder dystocia, a condition in which the baby becomes stuck in the birth canal after the head has been delivered.

Lung cancer test may save lives but has drawbacks

Connecticut residents may be interested to learn that a 2011 study showed that spiral CT scans might reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent, but some doctors say the potential dangers of the test outweigh the benefits. One concern is the high incidence of false positives. Based on the study results, out of 1,000 patients who are scanned, about three lives will be saved while more than 230 patients will persistently get false positives.

The methods of diagnosing heart disease

A Connecticut doctor who suspects that a patient has heart disease will run the patient through a variety of tests. These tests will create a comprehensive picture of an individual's heart health as there is no single test to diagnose the condition. In addition to testing, a doctor will look at a patient's family history and individual risk factors when making a diagnosis.

Diagnostic errors in radiology

As some Connecticut readers may know, radiology and other fields in the medical sciences are prone to diagnostic errors. In some cases, a radiologist may misinterpret the results of a test and might overlook certain abnormalities, which might lead to a missed, delayed or completely wrong diagnosis. While diagnostic errors have always been relatively common, they have only recently come under scrutiny.

Adoption of safety measures shown to reduce childbirth injuries

In Connecticut and throughout the U.S., fatalities and injuries suffered by mothers and newborns during childbirth are regarded as some of the most serious issues hospitals must improve upon. These injuries not only result in personal strife but also financial complications for both hospitals and individuals. Fortunately, a large number of hospitals are greatly reducing rates of injuries and fatalities by adopting basic safety programs.

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