Preeclampsia is a serious condition that can arise during a pregnancy. Expectant mothers in Texas and elsewhere who have it could experience a seizure, a stroke or even death. The baby could also be injured if his or her mother has preeclampsia. While there is no cure, there are ways to determine if a pregnant woman has this condition as well as ways to monitor it throughout the pregnancy.
Texas residents who have to undergo some form of surgery should be aware that wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors, or WSPEs, can occur. Individuals who are victims of such medical errors could have legal recourse.
You have likely heard of people wanting to receive a second opinion when they are doubtful about a first diagnosis. Wanting a second opinion does not mean you are distrustful of the first doctor, it simply means you want to get the full picture of your medical condition and want as much professional input as possible. One woman from Nebraska learned the importance of a second opinion the hard way when she discovered she had cerebrospinal fluid leaking from her brain over the course of several years.
Mitochondrial diseases can affect almost any part of the body, and their wide range of symptoms can make it all too easy for doctors to misdiagnose them. Most primary care physicians also have little familiarity with these (comparatively rare) diseases. Patients in Texas who suffer, or believe they suffer, from a mitochondrial disease should know about a study detailing the "diagnostic odyssey" that many people in their situation go through.
Three companies have merged their expertise together to create a tool called InTouch Surgical. The goal is to prevent Texas residents and others from being the victim of a serious medical error. The first company is called InTouch Health, and it provides telemedicine services. It is joined by startup SafeStart Medical that aims to prevent "never events" such as wrong-site surgeries. According to SafeStart's CEO, 40 to 50 percent of serious errors begin when a surgeon and patient first meet.