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676 Health News Update

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Medical errors and adverse events are much too common, especially when it come to pediatric patients. Is there a way to protect children in the hospital?

Traumatic brain injury affects more than 1,000,000 people in the United States each year, not counting veterans returning from Iraq. The trauma often results in death or permanent injury, but one researcher has come up with a treatment that could save lives.

A People’s Pharmacy/iGuard survey shows that chronic cough from the ACE inhibitor blood pressure medicine lisinopril is common. iGuard is a community for patients to learn about risk and interaction concerns as well as share feedback. www.iGuard.org.

CT scans are extremely useful for making some diagnoses, but doctors and patients don’t always stop to think about the ramifications. Is this technology as safe as it seems?
Explore the stories behind the health headlines.

Guests: Paul Sharek, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Quality management and Chief Clinical Patient Safety Officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine

Michael Esposito, MD, radiologist in Tampa Bay, Florida and author of Locked In, a medical thriller.

Alan Greene, MD, founder of www.DrGreene.com, president of Hi-Ethics (Health Internet Ethics) and Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. His books include From First Kicks to First Steps and Raising Baby Green.

Donald Stein, MD, Asa G. Candler Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine

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Your segment this a.m. concerning Tramatic Brain Injury and stroke victims and the current research being conducted to help this large number in our population was very exciting. TBI, and stroke brain dysfunction affects the frontal lobe and limbic system, which parallels the dysfunctioning areas that a person with autism struggles with every day. Could progesterone be also lacking in the prenatal development to cause the autism condition? I am hoping that this research can be shared with those working day and night to help solve the autism "puzzle".

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