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August 2016 Archives

NHTSA report reveals surge in accident deaths

Much has been written in recent years about improvements in auto safety systems and the effectiveness of initiatives designed to curb drunk driving, but an August report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that the roads in Pennsylvania and other U.S. states are actually getting more dangerous. The report reveals that more than 35,000 Americans lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, which represents a 7.2 increase over the number of road users killed in 2014.

Connection between brain injury and PTSD emerges in new study

Physicians in Pennsylvania may soon start monitoring more patients with brain injuries for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. The findings of a study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma indicated that 27 percent of subjects with mild traumatic brain injuries exhibited symptoms of PTSD six months after their head injuries.

Study finds strollers and carriers can be dangerous

Pennsylvania parents may be surprised to learn that, on average, two children are injured by strollers or child carriers every hour in the United States. The study, conducted by researchers at an Ohio hospital, also found that approximately one child per day has to be hospitalized for such injuries.

Paraplegic patients move again after participating in study

Some Pennsylvania residents who sustain spinal cord injuries are left completely or partially paralyzed. Until recently, many researchers believed that this kind of paralyses was irreversible. A study found evidence that brain-machine interfaces can be used to train the brains of paraplegic people and allow these people to regain some of their muscle control.

Insurers drafting exclusions for sports-related brain injuries

Both professional and amateur athletes in Pennsylvania could potentially suffer concussions that lead to life-altering consequences. More people have recently become aware of such risks with the news of lawsuits against the NFL by players and their families.

Car accidents and distracted driving risks

Pennsylvanians may not realize that texting is only one of the many distractions that can increase the risk of an auto accident. Although 46 states and the District of Columbia have introduced legislation to prevent texting and driving, the law has not caught up to all of the available distractions on mobile phones. From Pokemon Go to Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and other apps, mobile gaming and social media increase the possibility that a distracted driver will cause an accident.

Misdiagnosis in Alzheimer's cases

Some people in Pennsylvania and throughout the country may have high rates of misdiagnosis related to Alzheimer's disease. These include both people who do not have the disease and are told that they have it as well as those who do have the disease but are not diagnosed. Early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's is important because there are drugs that may be able to significantly improve a person's quality of life and memory at an early stage. Furthermore, it allows people to plan for end-of-life care.