Men and women who suffer from a specific form of diabetes are very often misdiagnosed as suffering from type 2 diabetes. This places them at a serious health risk because they do not receive the treatment that they need in a timely fashion.

According to a new study which was recently published on Diabetes Care, people who suffer from type 2c diabetes are commonly misdiagnosed as suffering from type 2 diabetes.  Type 2c is a diabetic condition of the exocrine pancreas and typically results from conditions like inflammation of the pancreas, that affect insulin production.

This misdiagnosis is common because both type 2 diabetes and type 2c diabetes are very common in persons of the same age group. However, the danger is that type 2c diabetes sufferers will need insulin therapy much more quickly than those who suffer from type 2 diabetes. This delay in treatment places the person at risk of a host of complications that are typically associated with diabetes. These include kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision loss.

quadrocopter-1658967_1280-300x199We are now comfortable with the idea of drones delivering packages, capturing wedding photos, and providing other essential services conveniently, effectively and efficiently. In the future, we might also see drones offering emergency medical treatment to persons who have suffered a cardiac arrest.

When a person suffers a heart attack in the hospital, he has access to emergency medical treatment as the facility is fully equipped with defibrillators, monitors, medications and the other equipment necessary to minimize damage to the cardiac muscles, and place the person back on the road to a quick recovery. However, when a heart attack occurs outside the hospital, there is often no such access to defibrillators. Ambulances must race to deliver lifesaving equipment and personnel to the patient. Any delay results in an increased risk of death.

Swedish researchers believe that drones may be the answer. These doctors are investigating how drones can be used to deliver lifesaving care by providing emergency medical treatment to persons who have suffered a heart attack outside the hospital setting. According to the researchers, a drone that is carrying a defibrillator could arrive in advance of an ambulance. The difference in time could be as much as 16 minutes, which could mean the difference between life and death for the patient.

surgery-688380_640-300x200A Chicago-based startup has created a simulation technology that promises to act as a safe and realistic model for the training of surgical residents and surgeons.

The startup, founded by a mother-daughter duo, claims that they’ve created an accessible and realistic surgical model for medical students and residents. The goal is to reduce the incidence of medical errors by allowing students to practice on a simulation model that more accurately mimics the actual surgical room conditions in which residents and surgeons will later work. The company plans to have its first product, a liver surgical model that can be used for simulation of liver transplants, available on the market in the next three months.

According to the founders of PraxiCut, there are several obstacles that medical and surgical residents face when asked to practice surgery in patients. Most surgical simulations occur on cadavers, and there are several limitations involved in operating on those who have already died. For instance, there is no bleeding involved, and surgical residents may not fully appreciate the kind of complications and dangers that arise when there is sudden or unexpected bleeding in the middle of surgery. Also, due to ethical concerns, operating on animals is slowly being phased out in many hospitals.

baby-pic-300x240About 1% of all American childbirths occur in a home or in a birth center and research finds that there are some factors that make a home birth extremely risky.

Many women prefer to give birth outside of a typical hospital setting. These births can occur at home or in a birth center. A birth center is a separate facility within a health care system that involves midwives, and sometimes even doctors. Some birth centers may be located within a hospital.

Whether in home births or birth center deliveries, the focus is on making the actual birth as natural as possible. In fact, the popularity of birth centers is related to the fact that most women, while they do want the birth to be as natural as possible, also want access to medical care if there’s an emergency during the labor or delivery.

baby-shoe-1-1547631-1280x960-300x225Many babies who suffer a fatal birth brain injury could have survived their injuries if they had received better care and attention. Those are the results of a study that was conducted in the United Kingdom and reiterates the role played by optimum medical care and attention, both before and during delivery in helping reduce fatalities.

The shocking results of the study were based on the rates of stillbirths, birth brain injuries, and neonatal fatalities that occurred in the United Kingdom in 2015. All of these incidents occurred during the birthing process. The review was conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and focused on care provided to more than 1,100 babies born in the U.K. in 2015. The babies all suffered fatal/non-fatal brain injuries during childbirth.

According to the review, 126 of the babies were stillborn, while 156 died within a week after being born. More than 850 suffered severe brain injuries. The study found that 75% of the brain injuries could have been avoided if the babies had received proper care and attention.

wing-221526_1280-300x200The media has recently reported on a number of incidents involving passengers who had to be ejected from airplanes after altercations with flight attendants. However, some safety experts fear that these kinds of unruly, and sometimes even violent confrontations between passengers and staff members could possibly be detrimental to the safety of everybody on the airplane.

According to Time magazine, which recently ran a report on the flight safety risks involving such confrontations on planes, flight attendants now complain that they are often forced to ignore severe safety violations like failing to wear seatbelts, improperly placed bags, and other violations in order to avoid confrontations. Many flight attendants fear a confrontation spreading virally on social media via cell phone footage.  Such coverage almost always reflects very poorly on the employee, who may be at risk of having his or her employment status changed as a result of the negative publicity the airline suffers after a confrontation broadcast on Facebook.

According flight attendants, since the recent social media footage spread of a passenger being violently evicted from a United Airlines flight bleeding and bruised, they’ve noticed a significant change in passenger attitudes. Passengers are much more likely to question instructions by flight attendants, and are much more abrasive and prone to becoming confrontational when addressed by staff.

motorcycle-2186589_1280-300x200Motorbike accidents kill thousands of Americans every year. Motorcycling is great fun, and there is nothing to beat the thrill of an exhilarating ride, but the fact is that it can also be a very dangerous recreational sport. Many accidents occur every year because people are not comfortable with the vehicle that they are riding.

If you are an amateur motorcyclist, or are considering buying a motorcycle, there are several things that you must keep in mind before you make your purchase because your choice of motorcycle can determine your level of safety on the road.

Choosing a motorcycle depends on the purpose for which you are buying one. Are you buying a motorcycle for work?  Do you intend to use it on weekends? Do you intend to use it to hang out with friends? Do you intend to use it on road trips? Remember, the motorcycle that you buy will differ depending on the purpose involved. Be sure that you speak to the dealer about the kind of motorcycle that’s right for you.

old-lake-1615596_1280-300x178Most boaters are aware of the dangers of speeding, or operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, as well as other types of boating safety dangers; however, very few will appreciate the dangers from another silent killer: Carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a silent, yet deadly killer. It is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill a person within a few seconds without him even being aware of it. That’s what makes it so dangerous.

In a boat, you may be in danger of carbon monoxide fumes from your generator or engine. This summer season as more and more Indiana residents go out onto the water to enjoy a few hours, it’s important to ensure that you and your passengers are completely safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide fumes.

The first step is awareness. Learn about how carbon monoxide fumes can be generated on your boat. Learn of all the danger areas, including your generator exhaust outlets. You as the boat operator and all your passengers must avoid these areas.

disabled-1794484_1920-300x259Choosing a nursing home for a loved one can be a difficult process. You want a nursing home where your loved one will not just be comfortable, but also safe and well cared for. Choosing a nursing home where he or she will be all of these things is not easy. Unfortunately, in some instances, elders are mistreated, abused and neglected in some of Indiana’s elder care facilities.

If you are currently looking for a nursing home for your loved one, ask yourself these questions and analyze the answers before you make a decision:

  • Does the facility meet safety standards? A hygienic and healthy environment is key to keeping your loved one secure. Look around the facility, and check if it looks clean and well maintained. Does it smell clean, or does it smell musty or stale? Overall, does the facility have a healthy, friendly and appealing environment that will make a resident feel at home?

doctor-563428_1280-300x200An interesting new study finds that doctors and nurses may be very sensitive to criticism or scolding by patients, which could affect their concentration and place patients at risk.

The study which was conducted in Israel, focused on pediatric patients. In the study, doctors and nurses from several neonatal intensive care units were put through mock clinical scenarios. They used mannequins in place of sick infants, and professional actors were roped in to play the role of parents of the pediatric patients. When these parents scolded the teams, or criticized them for not doing their jobs properly, the researchers found a significant drop in the performance of the team.

Comments like, “I knew we should have gone to another hospital”, were found to impact the team’s performance. Overall, when doctors and nurses who were subjected to critical comments from the active parents were compared to other medical personnel who were not exposed to such comments, the researchers found an overall drop in performance on measures. This included those measures related to accuracy of diagnosis, information sharing, and the amount of time taken to diagnose the patient.