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A cervical spinal injury can have devastating consequences

Cervical spinal cord injuries occur to the cervical vertebrae. These are located from the neck upward. An injury at this level is one of the worst you can suffer. Those who suffer complete injuries (where the nerves are severed), may even die.

Some of the most common symptoms of acute (severe) spinal cord injuries include:

  • A loss of feeling in the arms, legs or chest
  • Breathing problems
  • A loss of voluntary muscle movement in the legs, arms or chest
  • Muscle weakness
  • A loss of bowel control or bladder function

Hypovolemic shock results from untreated blood loss

A car crash can be one of the most terrifying moments of your life. You were likely astonished you had survived. In fact, if you felt little or no pain, it may have been because your body released massive amounts of adrenaline to protect you from the trauma.

The worst mistake an accident victim can make in such circumstances is to refuse medical help. If you have an internal injury, you may be bleeding inside. Losing too much blood before doctors can assess your condition can lead to a very serious condition called hypovolemic shock.

Generic drugs could be much lower quality

If you use prescription drugs, you’ve seen the costs getting higher and higher. Generic brands can seem like a welcome relief due to their cheaper cost. But you may be sacrificing quality for price

Generic drugs can cost much less than their name-brand counterparts. Companies that produce generic drugs must follow the same Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines as name-brand companies. But an investigation has found that some generic drug manufacturers may try to avoid FDA regulations to save money.

September is Pedestrian Safety Month

Not everyone has a driver’s license, but everyone is a pedestrian at some point. Whether you plan on taking a leisurely walk this September or your kids walk to school, pedestrian safety is something important to all of us.

September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and this makes for the perfect time to brush up on how to safely reach the other side of the road.

Septic infection more likely after spinal cord injury

When the shock and grief of suffering a spinal cord injury begin to wear off, your next concern will be paying for the treatment you will need to recover whatever mobility and strength you can. This is likely to be ongoing, perhaps for the rest of your life, so you can expect it will be quite expensive. The last thing you want to do is to accept a quick settlement from an insurer before you fully understand what your future holds.

One thing to consider when calculating any future medical care is the potential for secondary conditions related to your injury and resulting paralysis. Spinal cord injuries affect many systems in your body, leaving you vulnerable to infections. Treating infections quickly and aggressively is critical to avoid the rapid spread of sepsis.

Deaths caused by drivers running red lights reach 10-year high

A new study says deaths caused by drivers running stop lights has reached the highest level in a decade. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study says 939 people were killed by people blowing through a red light in 2017, the final year of the study.

The fatality count in 2017 rose for a fifth straight year and represents a 31% increase over 2009 when 715 people died in red light collisions. The study tracked anyone killed in an accident including passengers, drivers and pedestrians.

Unusual new highway design will test drivers and pedestrians

Drivers near Stockton, California, are being warned to prepare themselves for a peculiar new road design apparently gaining favor with planners.

Called the “diverging diamond interchange” (DDI), the design was invented by a student at the University of Maryland for a term paper in 2000. The inventor of the design, Gilbert Chlewicki, is now known as the “father of the diverging diamond interchange.”

What kinds of injuries can air bags cause?

Head injuries are among the most common injuries in car crashes. Although there are air bags and seat belts designed to hold a person in place during a crash and to minimize the impact, the reality is that even these safety devices can result in injuries.

Air bags have the potential to cause head and neck injuries, but their primary purpose is to inflate rapidly and to cushion the head as it moves forward to impact the wheel. Without the air bag, a person may strike the wheel directly, which could cause much more severe injuries.

Distractions maim and kill: Avoid these common distractions

Of all the things that can make you furious at another driver, the idea that they weren't even looking at the road when they hit you is one of the most significant. The reality is that more and more people know the dangers of texting and driving, fiddling with their radios, taking phone calls and otherwise being distracted. However, they continue to do it every time they're behind the wheel.

Some of the most common causes of distracted driving include:

  • Zoning out
  • Handling pets or children
  • Setting the GPS
  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Applying makeup
  • Adjusting the radio

Consumer products cause most traumatic brain injuries in kids

A recent study provides a reality check about traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents. Most of these surprisingly common bumps and blows that damage the brain involve completely ordinary activities and common consumer products found in and around virtually every home, vehicle, school and workplace.

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