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Are stem cell clinics offering "sketchy" solutions?

Recently, 570 stem cell clinics have popped up across the U.S. offering treatments for many health issues. From arthritis to spinal cord injuries to autism, the clinics are claiming stem cells from various body tissues can solve your health problems.

How should I react to a loved one after a brain injury?

Learning that a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury is likely to bring a feeling of dread. While the person is in the hospital, and later when recovering at home from the injury, you might feel like you always need to be around them to stay on top of the situation. Even when your loved one is going through this, it is still important that you take certain safety precautions to make sure all are doing as well as can be expected.

Connecticut patients risk safety to find local medical marijuana

Even though marijuana is legal in Connecticut and has been for two years, there are no marijuana dispensaries from which to purchase it legally. A Connecticut woman told a local news reporter recently that she has to get the much needed drug from illegal drug dealers. Unfortunately, the woman, who is also a lymphoma patient, can only turn to the streets to buy the medical marijuana she needs to withstand chemotherapy.

Cardiologists reduce medical malpractice liability risk

Connecticut residents go to doctors and use medical technology every day. A medical device should never be given to a patient unless it is meticulously examined. When a medical device manufacturer or pharmaceutical company fails to make a safe drug or device, injuries and even death can occur.

Long Island hospital may have exposed 4,000 patients to disease

Every so often, patients in Connecticut turn to hospitals and surgical facilities for treatment locally and around the area. Unfortunately, the quality of care provided at one hospital can be drastically different from what is provided at another hospital. If a hospital makes an error, it can result in serious injuries, or even death, for the patient.

How can medical mistakes be prevented?

Diagnostic errors are a leading cause of malpractice lawsuits. However, many medical mistakes can be prevented if medical professionals take basic safety measures and steps to ensure the safety and welfare of the patient. However, many patients are unaware of the mistakes that are or could be happening.

Patients face hospital-acquired infections when germs won't die

In Connecticut, many of us think of hospitals as safe places to be. We're surrounded by medical professionals, and medicines and other life-saving treatments are nearby. What we often don't consider, however, are the germs that lurk in the cracks and crevices of hospitals. These germs can cause avoidable injury to patients. 

How building a relationship with your doctor can keep you safe

Think about the last time you went to see your doctor. How did you interact? Did you have an open conversation, or were you nervous to talk about some health issues? Was your doctor receptive to your concerns, or did he or she try to convince you that nothing was wrong? The relationship you have with your doctor is extremely important. Simply knowing each other and building a bond can help prevent a medical error.

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