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Pokémon Go: Is catching them all really worth an accident?

By now, the Pokémon Go craze has spread almost everywhere in the nation, including Baltimore. While this popular game - which requires players to capture animated Pokémon characters projected on their cellphone screens amid the player's actual surroundings - has coaxed countless kids and adults off the couch, it has also gotten several people injured. In fact, the internet is rife with stories of people walking into traffic, trees and even off rocky ledges as they try to catch Pokémon on their cellphones.

Sadly, it was only a matter of time until drivers started getting in on the act, as illustrated by a recent car accident involving a Pokémon Go player and a cop car. According to a report by USA Today - and supported by police body-camera video - the driver slammed his vehicle into a Baltimore Police cruiser while he was playing Pokémon Go. The driver's response to police? "That's what I get for playing this dumb--- game."

Nonprofits collaborate to improve diagnosis of endometriosis

Women in Maryland with endometriosis sometimes endure terrible pain. The discomfort also might linger for a long time without a proper diagnosis because this condition takes an average of 12 years to diagnose. To improve recognition and treatment of this disease, the Endometriosis Foundation of America has partnered with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The specialists at these nonprofit organizations plan to expand outreach and education among medical professionals. The priorities that they have set include an adolescent education program, improvement of diagnosis standards especially for young adults and updates for the training of surgeons.

Disturbing medical malpractice cases

According to some statistics, only heart disease and cancer claim the lives of more Americans than medical errors, but Maryland patients may still be shocked to learn the details of some disturbing medical malpractice cases. A man having the wrong leg amputated is the punchline of several jokes, but this actually happened to a Florida man in 1995. The hospital and surgeon involved eventually paid the man more than a million dollars for their mistake.

Perhaps the most terrifying recent medical malpractice case involved a West Virginia man who took his own life in 2006 just two weeks after botched surgery left him traumatized. The man had been scheduled to undergo a routine abdominal operation, but an anesthesia mistake left him fully aware and able to feel pain as the surgical team went to work. Surgeons worked on the frantic man, who was not able to speak or move, for more than 15 minutes before the general anesthetic that he had been given finally began to have an effect.

1 dead, 2 injured in 3-car accident

A man was killed in a multi-car accident that took place in Baltimore July 6. Maryland Transportation Authority police said that the fatal crash involved three cars and occurred on Interstate 95 North. Two other people who were injured but survived the accident were treated at Shock Trauma.

The accident happened just north of the Fort McHenry toll plaza and was reported at 12:15 p.m. Police confirmed that the deceased victim of the accident died at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. There were no immediate reports about what might have caused the three-car accident or whether any of the drivers involved are facing criminal charges. After car accidents like this, the drivers involved are often tested for drugs and alcohol so that investigators can determine whether intoxication was a factor.

Challenges in diagnosing various forms of arthritis

Maryland residents might notice increasing joint pain as they get older. Such ailments can often be attributed to osteoarthritis, a medical condition that's estimated to be a problem for approximately 70 percent of those over the age of 55. This form of arthritis is typically attributed to wear on the joints through use over time. However, it is important to consider other types of arthritis that can mirror the effects of OA. For some people, psoriatic arthritis could be the actual medical condition causing the aches and pains in question.

Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory disease that can impact the body in a cyclical manner. A flare-up could lead to swelling and deformity in small joints and in the joints of the axial spine. This can often be accompanied by problems with psoriasis, a skin condition in which scaly patches develop. Both OA and PsA can be treated with anti-inflammatory medicines, but the results could vary based on the condition. With OA, anti-inflammatory treatment might not resolve the pain or reverse the joint damage. With PsA, severe inflammation could require stronger medications.

Head-on accident in Maryland injures 2

Police in Maryland are working to find out if alcohol played a part in a two-car accident that left three people injured in Howard County on June 19. The accident took place on Route 175 in Elkridge at about 3:25 a.m.

According to the Howard County Police Department, a 27-year-old man was proceeding eastbound on Route 175, which is also known as Waterloo Road, when his Volkswagen GTI crossed into the path of westbound traffic between Washington Boulevard and Route 95. The driver of a westbound Nissan Altima was unable to avoid the oncoming Volkswagen, and the two vehicles struck each other head-on. Accident investigators say they have yet to discern what may have caused the Volkswagen to cross the center line.

Accident kills 44-year-old Maryland woman

Police in Maryland have reported that a 44-year-old woman was killed and three others were injured in a June 16 chain reaction accident in Anne Arundel County that involved seven vehicles. Police say that the driver of the sanitation truck that caused the crash made no effort to stop his vehicle or avoid a collision. Investigators say that excess speed is also thought to have been a contributory factor. Authorities are said to be reviewing the accident reports before deciding if any charges are warranted.

According to a police report, the woman's Honda Accord sedan was stationary at a red light on Richie Highway in Pasadena with several other vehicles when a sanitation truck struck it from behind. The accident took place at approximately 2:10 p.m. near Jumpers Hole Road. The sanitation truck struck the Honda with sufficient force to push it forward and to one side. Witnesses say that the truck then continued on and struck several more of the vehicles that had been waiting for the signal to turn green.

Woman slips into coma during plastic surgery

Maryland residents who are thinking about getting plastic surgery may want to investigate the doctor and facility ahead of time. Even cosmetic surgery can carry serious risks. In 2013, a Florida woman emerged from a coma two weeks after her blood pressure and heart rate dropped during a breast augmentation procedure. Three years later, she still can only stand for moments at a time and can speak just a few words.

An investigation by the Florida Department of Health that followed the incident found that the doctor performing the surgery provided an insufficient artificial airway for the 18-year-old woman during his resuscitation attempt. He was fined $10,000 and required to take 15 hours of continuing education classes but was permitted to keep his license. It also emerged that in 2006, he had been convicted of selling pills online. After completing a prison term, he was not permitted to practice medicine for one year.

Preventing errors during hospital visits in Maryland

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins who have published a study in BMJ, there are approximately 200,000 deaths per year as a result of medical errors. Calculations were based on 35 million hospital admissions, and if they are accurate, this would mean that medical errors are one of the three top causes of death in the United States.

Although not everyone agrees with these exact numbers, they still demonstrate that medical errors can be deadly and are far too common. The good news is that there are ways that people entering a hospital can reduce their risk of being harmed by a physician's mistake. They include asking about a procedure and what the risks are.

Test could detect diabetes in hyperglycemic patients

Many patients in Maryland who have hyperglycemia, usually called high blood sugar, also have diabetes. However, people with diabetes may not be diagnosed with the disease until it has reached a dangerous stage. When people are diagnosed with new-onset diabetes, they could have a better outcome thanks to education and treatment that they receive early on.

A study that was conducted by researchers from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Touro University California found that the HbA1C test can be effective in diagnosing diabetes in patients with hyperglycemia. The researchers analyzed medical records for 348 patients that had hyperglycemia when they were admitted to a rural Midwestern hospital. Some of the patients were given the HbA1C test and some were not.

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