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Family Law Basics: Preparing to Meet with a Divorce Attorney

Family Law Basics GVK.PNGDetermining how to hire a divorce attorney can be a daunting task. You are most likely already overwhelmed by emotions and financial uncertainty. You probably have a constant stream of questions and worries. Finding an attorney who is committed to getting you the best result is important.

Wisconsin mothers face high C-section and maternal death rates

In the United States, the rate of Caesarian births has climbed to nearly 33 percent of births. This exceeds the 19 percent rate of Cesarean sections identified by the World Health Organization as associated with the most survival benefits for mothers and infants. As a result, medical experts have placed some blame on the overuse of Cesarean procedures for the high maternal mortality rate experienced by U.S. women. This country has one of the highest maternal childbirth death rates among developed societies.

Despite the common application of surgical births, a Cesarean section represents a major surgery that includes inherent risks. Blood clots, serious infections, uterine ruptures and difficulty with subsequent pregnancies all arise in some patients after this surgical procedure.

Small bumps may lead to subdural hematomas

People in Wisconsin may be surprised to learn that they can develop a condition known as a subdural hematoma where blood accumulates on the surface of the brain from a relatively minor bump on the head. Sometimes, the bump is so minor that people do not remember it happening. In fact, most people never realize that they have a subdural hematoma because the brain heals itself. However, in some people, that is not the case.

Elderly people are more vulnerable to subdural hematomas because brains tend to shrink with age. As they pull away from the dura mater, or the protective membrane, the veins are more vulnerable and more likely to bleed. In one case, a man hit his head while putting a sprinkler under his porch. He forgot it even happened until he required emergency brain surgery weeks later following headaches and trouble driving.

Medication error prevention steps

Wisconsin patients and their health care practitioners should be aware of the ten strategies used to prevent the occurrence of medication errors. All medical providers should provide the five rights of medication administration, including properly transcribing, prescribing for the correct patient, ensuring the correct dosage, route and correct timing. Providers must also have a system in place to ensure medical reconciliation when transferring patients between institutions. Double and triple checking is also important when nurses are changing shifts. Chart flag processes can provide clarity during the checking process.

Having a doctor or nurse read back a prescription can reduce the likelihood of an incorrect prescription being processed. Name alerts can also help reduce medication errors when two patients have similar sounding names. When writing a prescription or label, it is best to include a zero before the decimal point to avoid ordering the wrong dose. Another important step in preventing medication error is to provide proper documentation in a legible format for all needed medication.

Bubbles in brain could cause traumatic brain injuries

A research team at Brown University is studying whether bubbles created by pressure waves are to blame for traumatic brain injuries. The results of the study could lead to better protective gear and TBI treatments for people in Wisconsin and worldwide.

The goal of the study, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society's division of fluid dynamics on Nov. 23, is to see if pressure waves damage nerves cells, also known as neurons, in the brain. The Brown researchers, led by an aerospace engineer, have grown neurons in a soup of proteins. The neurons form connections like they would in a real brain, but they are spaced farther apart. The extra space between the neurons makes it easier to study the potential damage of pressure waves.

Understanding how alcohol affects the body

Several agencies and organizations have made an effort to spread awareness about the effects that drinking alcohol has on the body. Wisconsin residents, however, may get a clearer picture of these effects from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Using information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and University of New Mexico, the CDC has determined the approximate number of drinks that a 160-pound male would have to drink within an hour to reach certain levels of blood alcohol concentration. The drink size is based on the U.S. standard of 0.6 ounces of pure alcohol, such as a glass of wine or 12-oz. beer.

Dropping prostate cancer rates may not mean less cancer

Men in Wisconsin might be aware that data shows the early detection rates of prostate cancer in men over age 50 has been dropping. The problem, however, is that fewer men are receiving prostate cancer screening, meaning the declining rates may not actually reflect the true extent of prostate cancer among men.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force concluded in 2012 that too many prostate cancer screening tests were being conducted. Many men end up developing prostate cancer when they are elderly, but since the cancer is normally a slow-growing one, it often doesn't cause them to die. The task force felt that aggressive treatment of prostate cancer might thus do more harm than good, and doctors reacted to the report by significantly dropping the number of screenings performed.

The impact of concussions

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are nearly 4 million concussions that stem from sports and recreational activity. This is in addition to the untold number that occur after car crashes and falls. About 80 percent of those who suffer a concussion will recover in three weeks, but the other 20 percent may have long-term symptoms. In some cases, Wisconsin residents who have suffered a concussion don't even know that they have one.

One woman who suffered a brain injury in a car crash didn't see doctors for a diagnosis for a week after the event occurred. She reported being tired, feeling foggy and forgetting her PIN number at the grocery store. The woman finally got a diagnosis after going to the wrong house to pick up her son. Doctors say that brain injuries are a silent epidemic because most people don't realize the relationship between personality changes and a possible concussion.