Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a type of pulmonary edema that is non-heart related (non-cardiogenic). The disease moves quickly and occurs in persons who are critically ill due to various causes, including blunt force trauma. The serious challenge associated with ARDS is the buildup of fluid as it leaks into the lung, making it…

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Understanding and Diagnosing Neonatal Brain Injuries

When a child suffers brain damage during pregnancy or birth, they can experience lifelong disability and severe injuries. Often, brain and birth injuries occur due to a lack of oxygen to the fetus, causing destruction of brain cells. Brain damage can be severe or mild, sometimes necessitating full-time medical care. Many parents of newborns with…

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Reckless and Dangerous Drivers on the Roadways

While it is true that the coronavirus caused a significant decrease in the number of car accidents nationwide, there has also been an increase in the number of reckless and dangerous drivers on the nation’s roadways and highways. As a result, the severity of wrecks is increasing. Many drivers have been traveling at speeds much…

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Speeding Coronavirus MD

With the majority of businesses and schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many local roads are seeing an uptick in speeding – which is not only illegal, but can be risky and even deadly to drivers and passengers. Instead of the typical bumper-to-bumper commuter traffic we’re used to, our local roads and highways are…

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Burn Injuries and PTSD

According to a survey conducted by Loyola Medicine, close to 16 percent of adult burn patients were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Social worker Kelly McElligot, AM and clinical psychologist Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, performed the survey along with additional Loyola Medicine Burn Center colleagues. At the yearly meeting of the American Burn Association, the…

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A car accident that results in connective tissue injuries, but not broken bones, is sometimes referred to by the insurance company as a MIST case, an insurance company acronym that stands for “minor impact soft tissue.” Most of these cases involve car crashes that result in $1,500 in property damage or less or are cases…

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