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Six Scary Cases of Medical Malpractice

Nothing can be more frightening for a person than having to undergo a serious medical procedure. Most are well aware that there is no guarantee of a successful outcome no matter what type of care is performed. There can be reasonable chances of procedure failures or unexpected accidents, but medical malpractice certainly does not fall under the category of reasonable. Malpractice is negligence, which is why there are legal liabilities levied against those physicians who commit malpractice. Medical malpractice can take many forms. Some of the more insidious cases of medical malpractice can literally give people shivers up and down their spine. The following six legendary cases may do just that. 1. The Oregon Sperm Donor Mix Up. Matthew Hayes and his finance agreed to undergo artificial insemination at an Oregon hospital. A major mix up occurred when the doctors inseminated the wrong woman. The distraught Hayes would go on and file a malpractice suit. He has suffered an enormous am

The Facts and Figures on Substance Abuse in the United States

Substance abuse is characterized by the consistent use of abusive substances that cause mind-altering and detrimental effects on the user's health and mental stability. Substance abusers often suffer from co-occurring disorders , which usually occur as a result of their abuse. Substance use can lead to devastating consequences such as broken relationships, financial ruin, severe health complications and even death. Hence, if you or your loved one is battling a substance abuse problem, you should seriously consider getting help as early as possible. This article covers some important facts and statistics on substance abuse. I believe the following information will motivate you to seek help. Statistics Substance abuse is a significant problem throughout the world. In the United States, it affects an estimated 23.5 million people every year. Of these, only an estimated 11.2% ever receives treatment in health care facilities. Shockingly, this means that the rest of the abusers jus

When to Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements?

Nutritional or vitamin supplements play an important role for the human body. They fulfill the lack of nutrients and thereby help the body to work properly. However, it's not that you must essentially take a supplement to avoid unwanted nutritional deficiencies. Vitamins and minerals are not rare substances. A healthy diet is enriched with all the micronutrients required for optimum functioning of your body. But, for some reasons, your body may need an additional supplement to help regulate its functions. Accordingly, in this article, I want to discuss when these supplements are essential and who actually needs them. Are Nutritional or Vitamin Supplements Really Essential for You? Today, more than 50% population in the United States use multivitamins, daily or on occasion, to improve body functions. Many even believe regular intake of dietary supplements can provide numerous health benefits. But, are those supplements really beneficial in the long run? Well, the question may

How does the Nervous System Work?

The nervous system is the most complex system in the human body. It is surrounded by a network of more than hundred billion neurons , assisted by many glial cells. Like the processor in a computer, this system works as a data receiving, processing and transferring center for the human body. In short, the nervous system serves as the body's communication system. By communicating with the different parts of the body, it performs the daunting task of coordinating all of the body's activities. How the Nervous System Works? The nervous system functions as an autonomous entity in the body. The basic function of this system includes receiving information from the outside world and the body itself, processing them and then sending appropriate responses to the target body parts. The nervous system receives nerve impulses from sensory receptors present in skin and organs, via the millions of nerve cells in the body. These impulses are simultaneously processed within the nervous sy

Curcumin: Mechanism, Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits

What is Curcumin? Curcumin is one of the active constituents of the popular South Asian spice turmeric (a natural substance available in curry powder). Botanically, it is a member of the ginger family. The chemical structure of this principal compound of turmeric can exist in several forms. It contains phenol groups in its structure and is responsible for the bright yellow color of turmeric. Curcumin is the most-widely studied phytochemical ingredient in modern science. Over the past three decades, hundreds of studies have done to evaluate its medicinal benefits. In many studies, it is shown to possess various medicinal and health benefits, including analgesic , anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerosis, anticancer, and antiamyloid properties. Researchers often mention this potential phytonutrient as a natural immune system booster and a preventive agent against countless diseases. How Curcumin Works in the Body? As like many other potential