January 17, 2019
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease that afflicts people - often athletes - who have suffered severe and repeated head trauma. Repeated brain trauma triggers progressive degeneration of brain tissue and/or the build-up of Tau protein that can disrupt the…
June 27, 2017
On June 20, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in the case of Shinal v. Toms that doctors have the duty to obtain informed consent from patients and cannot delegate that duty to their staff. The case arose in November 2007 when Megan Shinal saw Dr. Toms, neurosurgeon and Director of the…
April 26, 2017
When someone you love suffers a brain injury, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help or what your next steps should be. Whether injured by medical malpractice, a blow to the head, or another type of accident, victims of brain injuries often require extensive medical and rehabilitative…
February 13, 2015
About 28,000 infants born in the United States each year—or 76 per day—suffer from a birth injury. In many instances, birth injuries arise due to medical mistakes, including miscommunication of pertinent medical information between practitioners during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Common birth…
January 30, 2015
Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes, or meninges, surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Easily mistaken as the flu, signs of meningitis may develop over several hours or one to two days. Symptoms usually include severe headaches, stiff neck, sudden high fever, vomiting, and…
October 20, 2014
Cerebral hypoxia is a medical term used to describe a decrease in oxygen to the brain. The brain is very sensitive to decreased levels of oxygen and brain cells can begin to die after four minutes of being deprived of oxygen. The sooner the hypoxia is diagnosed and the underlying cause treated, the…
October 05, 2014
A uterine rupture in a pregnant patient during labor can be a life-threatening complication for both a mother and unborn baby.  When a uterus ruptures, it tears open into the abdominal cavity and can cause a mother to hemorrhage and decrease the amount of blood and oxygen reaching a baby. A uterus…
November 16, 2013
Group B Streptococcus, or Group B Strep, is normal flora that lives in the abdomen and genital tract.  The bacteria can live in a woman’s vagina without causing any signs or symptoms.  It is not a sexually transmitted disease.  However, a pregnant woman with Group B Strep, or GBS, can pass the…
October 12, 2013
Pre-eclampsia is the onset of high blood pressure or hypertension and proteinuria, or protein in the urine, in a pregnant woman who is past 20 weeks gestation.  During each prenatal visit, your doctor or nurse should be checking your blood pressure for development of pregnancy induced hypertension…
October 01, 2013
Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective cover surrounding the brain and spinal cord due to an infection.  Meningitis can be a life-threatening condition and should be treated as a medical emergency.  The infection occurs most often in newborns, infants, children, young adults and college…