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December 2018 Archives

Understanding commonly misdiagnosed skin conditions

When people in Iowa go to seek treatment for skin conditions, they often want to find relief from unpleasant or painful symptoms. In other cases, they may be concerned about a more serious problem like skin cancer. Others might not recognize the cause of their skin issues and could dismiss them out of hand if they see only a small blemish, rash or pink spot. While misdiagnoses by the patient are to be expected, it can be even more troublesome when physicians also do not understand common skin conditions.

Does your child have cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy can be hard to detect. Many parents do not notice their child has cerebral palsy for months or years after their child is born. Because cerebral palsy affects muscle movements and coordination, it can be difficult to notice in infants. 

Medication errors linked to issues with electronic health records

Watching clinicians enter information into electronic health records has become a familiar sight to patients in Iowa. Although substantial effort has gone into designing the user interfaces for these electronic records, including input from health care professionals, a new study concluded that usability issues contributed to medication errors and other mistakes.

ZF looks to external airbags to protect drivers from side crashes

Drivers in Iowa may benefit from the protection that external airbags afford, but they should not hold their breath for it. Car parts manufacturers have yet to perfect the technology; still, they are clear about the benefits. The ZF Group has released new safety data showing that in the event of a side collision, external airbags could mitigate the severity of occupants' injuries by up to 40 percent.

Winter weather means taking precautions while driving

Winter weather conditions in Iowa and across the United States can make driving dangerous. Slick roads from snow and ice as well as sudden blizzards can cause car accidents to occur. Learning how to navigate the roads during winter weather may help drivers and passengers arrive at their destinations safely.

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