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November 2018 Archives

Casino tragedy highlights how life-altering an injury can be

When people think of serious injuries they often think of physical therapy sessions, body casts, wheelchairs and mourning. They rarely look into the future to truly weigh the extent of the damage: the lost income, the pain and suffering, the stress on family and friends. Tragedy is life altering for everyone it touches. It’s a rare accident where the doctors stitch up a wound and everyone walks back to into their routine.

Spine injuries don't all end in paralysis

When we here the phrase spinal cord injury, our thoughts immediately flip to a person in a bed or wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck or waist down. The reality, however, is often quite different. Not all injuries to the spine result in long-term or permanent paraplegia or quadriplegia. But the spinal column is the conduit for our body's central nervous system to and from the brain. That means that every injury to the spine must be taken seriously, for both immediate treatment and long-term rehabilitation.

Millions of vehicles still have dangerous Takata airbags

About 37 million vehicles made by at least 19 different manufacturers were equipped with defective Takata airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The defective airbags are being recalled because long-term exposure to heat and humidity can cause them to explode when deployed, often shooting pieces of metal at the vehicle’s occupants. These defective airbags have already caused numerous serious injuries and deaths.

Electronic driving assistance systems may fail to prevent crashes

As automakers push toward creating self-driving vehicles, many consumers may be relying too heavily on systems that are not autonomous. AAA tested four different vehicles with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking and found these systems do not always respond correctly, even in everyday scenarios.

Your cellphone can be the most dangerous distraction on the road

Today, cellphones are the Swiss army knives of communication. They connect us to billions of people around the world via voice, text, email, web browsing and application functions. These versatile tools fit in pockets and purses and are portable enough to be used just about anywhere. However, that doesn’t mean they should be used everywhere. Using a cellphone while driving is a dangerous practice that can lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries.

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