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ALERT: Zofran Linked to Birth Defects

August 20, 2021

Several studies have found Zofran to increase the risk of severe birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Zofran, the brand name of ondansetron, is a strong anti-nausea drug. It has been routinely prescribed for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness, although its FDA approval did not include use by expectant mothers. The drug has been […]

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ALERT: Zofran Linked to Birth Defects
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Do You Suffer from PTSD After Giving Birth?

June 11, 2021

Childbirth is a significant cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The psychological toll of the events surrounding childbirth leads some women into PTSD, which follows them into their new motherhood. Understanding PTSD Following Childbirth Typical symptoms of PTSD after giving birth include: Severe emotional distress Flashbacks Intrusive memories Hypervigilance Irritability Sleep problems Several factors lead […]

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Do You Suffer from PTSD After Giving Birth?
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Reversing Brain Damage in Newborns

June 04, 2021

Although no therapy or medicine has yet become the standard treatment for reversing newborn brain damage, some treatments and discoveries have shown promise in restoring normal function. These include hypothermic treatment, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, prevention of the production of hyaluronic acid fragments, and awakening of stem cells. Options That Could Treat Newborn Brain Damage Brain […]

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Reversing Brain Damage in Newborns
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Trends in Maternal Mortality in Illinois

May 19, 2021

The Illinois Department of Public Health recently released the state’s second report on maternal mortality, which helps identify statewide trends in maternal health and death. The report shows some concerning trends for Illinois women, such as Black women still dying at an unacceptable disparity. Racial Disparity The new report found Black women to be three […]

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Trends in Maternal Mortality in Illinois
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Organizations that Help Birth Injury Victims in Illinois

May 05, 2021

March of Dimes, The Arc of Illinois, Variety of Illinois, The Cerebral Palsy Group, and Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center are some of the organizations that operate in Illinois to help birth injury victims. These organizations help children with disabilities and their parents get the guidance and support they need to thrive. March […]

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Organizations that Help Birth Injury Victims in Illinois
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Cerebral Palsy: Early Intervention Can Make a Difference

April 19, 2021

Studies have shown that early intervention programs influence the development of children with or at high risk for cerebral palsy. A recent review of such studies concluded that early interventions in toddlers and infants with or at high risk for the condition are beneficial. Interventions are strategies used to support the normal development of children. Early interventions […]

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Cerebral Palsy: Early Intervention Can Make a Difference
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Toxoplasmosis Misdiagnosis During Pregnancy Can Lead to Birth Injuries

March 04, 2021

If a medical provider misdiagnoses a pregnant woman’s toxoplasmosis, it could lead to serious and lifelong health issues for the baby. Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite toxoplasma gondii. The parasite can be passed to an unborn child and result in severe and progressive visual, motor, hearing, and cognitive problems. Problems Caused by […]

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Toxoplasmosis Misdiagnosis During Pregnancy Can Lead to Birth Injuries
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What You Should Know About Newborn Screening Errors

February 25, 2021

If done correctly, newborn screening can allow for early detection of severe disorders and save or significantly improve babies’ lives. The process involves sample collection, transportation, lab testing, results notification, and patient treatment. Errors can occur in any of these stages, leading to malpractice claims. What Is Newborn Screening? Newborn screening is a state-run health […]

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What You Should Know About Newborn Screening Errors
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What Is Meconium Aspiration?

February 11, 2021

Meconium aspiration syndrome is a lung problem that occurs when a newborn baby inhales meconium and amniotic fluid which injure the lungs. Meconium is the baby’s first stool. Meconium aspiration occurs in about 5-10% of births. It is one of the leading causes of serious illnesses and death in newborns. Causes Babies can pass meconium while […]

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What Is Meconium Aspiration?
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Types of Infant Brain Damage [infographic]

January 25, 2021

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), brain hemorrhages, kernicterus, periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), and hydrocephalus are common types of birth-related brain damage. They can occur as a result of oxygen deprivation, untreated jaundice, and physical trauma during childbirth. Here is a closer look at the different types of brain damage. Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) HIE is one of the most severe birth […]

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Types of Infant Brain Damage [infographic]