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January 2019 Archives

IIHS study highlights growing distracted driving problem

The results of a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study suggest that cell phones are encouraging people in Iowa and around the country to engage in increasingly reckless behavior while behind the wheel. The study adds to the growing body of research about the addictive nature of electronic communications and the importance of cell phones in American life. The IIHS researchers reached their conclusions after observing how drivers in four Virginia communities used their cell phones in 2014 and 2018.

Migraines can be mistaken for other conditions

Individuals in Iowa and throughout the country may feel a variety of symptoms that are the result of a migraine headache. However, since migraines can mimic the symptoms of other conditions, it can be difficult for medical professionals to accurately diagnose them. It is also possible that someone who is actually experiencing a different medical condition has been diagnosed with a migraine. An accurate diagnosis is critical as it can lead to proper treatment in a timely manner.

While birth injuries are on the decline, lawsuits are on the rise

In Iowa and across the U.S., the number of birth injuries is steadily declining year after year, and infant mortality rates are going down as well. At the same time, the number of birth injury lawsuits is growing, and the settlements that result are reaching previously unthinkable figures.

Shoulder dystocia: its risk factors and complications

Expectant mothers in Iowa should be aware of the various birth injuries that might be incurred, such as shoulder dystocia. This occurs during a vaginal delivery when the baby's shoulders become stuck in the mother's body (dystocia means difficult or slow labor or birth). Health care providers usually cannot predict this condition, but there are several factors that heighten the risk for it.

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