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February 2016 Archives

New technology may be reducing rear-end collisions in Ohio

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, automobiles that have front crash avoidance systems have been very effective at reducing the number of rear-end crashes. Based on police-reported crash data, the institute determined that vehicles with automatic braking technology lowered rear-end crashes by 40 percent, and automobiles equipped with forward collision warning systems reduced rear-end crashes by 23 percent.

Experimental drug may help with long-term TBI damage

People in Ohio with traumatic brain injury might be interested in a new study testing drugs that improve healing in mice with TBI. While symptoms of TBI in the weeks and months after an injury may include dizziness, poor concentration, headaches, fatigue and more, there is also concern that a TBI can lead to long-term complications. One study found that people who had TBIs months or years earlier developed the same brain plaques as those seen in Alzheimer's patients.

Roads less safe in 2015 compared to previous years

Ohio drivers may be less safe on the road than they have been in previous years according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the first nine months of 2015, traffic deaths in the United States went up more then 9 percent. This reversed a downward trend that had been happening for years with a 22 percent reduction in fatalities between 2000 and 2014.

Doctor known for unconventional cancer treatments faces board

Ohio residents may have heard that a doctor who has been promoted by such celebrities as Dr. Oz and Suzanne Somers is facing a medical board seeking to strip him of his license. With no oncology training, since the 1970s Stanislaw Burzynski has treated more than 2,000 patients with drugs known as antineoplastons. While his supporters say that he is a visionary, his critics says his methods are dangerous and even deadly.

NHTSA letter indicates support for self-driving vehicles

Ohio residents will likely know that several auto manufacturers and a number of leading technology companies are working on autonomous vehicle technology and developing self-driving cars. There are already vehicles on the market that are able to parallel park with no driver input, and modern electronic accident avoidance systems also work autonomously. Safety advocates are quick to point out that most car accidents involve human factors, and they believe that self-driving cars are the future of road safety.

Less contentious system could change medical malpractice cases

Ohio patients who have experienced America's current medical malpractice system might like to know that some states are debating about a new approach. The former president of the Hospital Corporation of America is supporting a medical malpractice system in Georgia that works without addressing fault.

What to expect when recovering from a TBI

Medical researchers have learned a lot about treating traumatic brain injuries by studying the case histories of U.S. soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The information has been used to improve treatments for civilians who suffer head injuries in car crashes or other accidents in Ohio and nationwide.

TBI and Alzheimer's disease

It is believed that between 2 and 5 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury. Research also shows that there has been a 70 percent increase in the number of hospital visits related to TBI in the past decade. Such an injury can occur to an Ohio resident in a number of different ways, but is defined as an injury that causes damage to the brain through sudden trauma.

The prevalence of medical errors in Ohio

According to studies acknowledged by the Journal of Patient Safety, 200,000 to 400,000 people die each year because of preventable medical errors in U.S hospitals. These issues may stem from poor communication, medication errors and infections acquired while a patient is in the hospital. They may also be caused by omissions in treatment as well as diagnostic errors.

Brain injury victims and common TBI myths

Ohio head injury victims may have heard some of the common myths about traumatic brain injuries. Many people believe that all traumatic brain injuries bleed and cause a loss of consciousness. In reality, many TBI victims seem fine when they walk away from an accident. Many of these injuries do not show up on CT scans or MRIs and require more in-depth testing to detect.

Plea entered by driver involved in Tracy Morgan accident

The June 2014 trucking accident that caused serious injuries to comedian Tracy Morgan reminded motorists in Ohio and around the nation of the dangers associated with fatigue and driving in the trucking industry. While standards for the industry continue to receive scrutiny, the driver of the rig involved in the Morgan accident has entered a plea of not guilty in connection to the charges he faces for the incident.

Volvo seeks to eliminate fatalities in its cars by 2020

Volvo dealers have traditionally been a popular stop for Ohio car buyers who value safety and durability. The Swedish car maker has pioneered safety features that have saved the lives of many drivers and passengers, and many of the company's innovations have now become standard equipment in every passenger vehicle sold in the United States. The company has also been an advocate of autonomous vehicle technology, and many of the advances made in this field are being used to improve the safety capabilities of conventional cars, light trucks and SUVs.

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