Fifty or more years ago, athletics at every level were mainly reserved for and dominated by males. In more recent years, the number of girls and women who are active in sports at all levels has increased significantly. With this increase in participation also comes an increased risk of suffering sports-related injuries including concussions.While concussions are often referred to...

As Missouri parents may know, birth injury due to obstruction is a condition associated with overweight neonates. Recent studies have pointed to benefits derived from induction of labor at 37 to 38 weeks to avoid this problem. The benefits are particularly noticeable when the baby is large for gestational age. Large infants have a greater incidence of birth injuries,...

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of individual citizens to "keep and bear arms.” With this right, comes great responsibility for not only gun owners, but also gun makers and manufacturers. In cases where an individual is injured or killed due to a hunting accident, accidental shooting or a defective firearm; those impacted may choose...

From Kansas City’s streets to Missouri’s Interstates, today large commercial trucks are everywhere. According to the American Trucking Association, there are an estimated "three million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks," in the U.S. that annually are responsible for transporting more than nine billion tons of goods and materials throughout the U.S.At any point, the sheer number of trucks traveling on...

Missouri residents who smoke may be interested in learning about lung cancer screening tests being offered by Medicare. Individuals who are between the ages of 55 and 77 who have been smoking an average of at least a pack each day for more than 30 years are now eligible to take a spiral CT scan. However, some doctors are...

We've previously discussed the dangers posed to other drivers by commercial trucks due, at least in part, to their large size and weight. Another safety concern related to the heft and weight of commercial trucks was recently highlighted in investigations by the Associated Press and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.According to the AP, commercial trucks are fitted with tires...

As some Missouri patients know, electronic medical records are used extensively in the health care industry. Doctors and hospitals use this to document history and physicals, tests, diagnoses and treatment. Such records may be used to defend a physician's choices or actions, but the record might also show a physician's failure to order the proper test, interpret test results and...

It is already April, and with temperatures starting to warm up in Kansas City, some may be dreaming of the hot summer weather ahead. For many people, finding a way to cool off is an integral part of summer. This is why many kids and adults turn to water parks. Whether flying down a slide or swimming in a wave...

After an especially cold winter, the hot summer months are quickly approaching and many Kansas City area residents will soon flock to swimming pools and water parks to cool off and have fun. While there's no doubt the swimming and playing in a pool can be enjoyable for individuals of all ages, swimming pools are also inherently dangerous.According to...

In Missouri and across the country, physicians are ordering tests that may be medically unnecessary and might cause actual harm to patients in some cases. About 97 percent of emergency room physicians in a recent study reported that they had ordered advanced imaging scans that were not necessary. They order the scans out of a fear of failure to...