September 2015 Archives

Fog-related crashes more common in winter

As the winter months set in, West Virginia motorists know that weather conditions change rapidly, which means they can be affected when driving. One weather condition that seems to appear abruptly and limit visibility is fog. And although the studies that have been done over the last 20 years show that fog-related crashes account for a minimal number of all collisions, it is still important to be aware of the role foggy weather can play.

Brain injuries documented in football players

As West Virginia residents may know, a recent study that has been released by the Public Broadcasting System says that 96 percent of deceased NFL players who were tested by researchers suffered from disease of the brain. The results of the study were discussed on a national show carried by PBS. The study, performed by a major university and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, also included former high school or college football players as well as those who played semi-professionally.

Drug reduces brain inflammation after trauma

Traumatic brain injuries are incurred by people in West Virginia and around the country every year. They can result from automobile accidents, contact sports, falls and many other occurrences. Once the initial trauma happens, it triggers an hepatic manufacture of substances that result in brain inflammation. Blocking the inflammation reduces certain effects of the injury, and some drugs used to control hypertension have been found to be helpful in this regard.

Marines involved in fatal vehicle accident

West Virginia residents may have heard of the accident that wounded 18 Marines on a two-lane road at Camp Pendleton in California. Six of the 18 injured marines were in critical condition as of Sept. 11 after a rollover crash caused the multi-ton truck they were traveling in to flip over on the paved roadway. One 21-year-old corporal from Louisiana was killed in the accident and eight of the troops were listed as being in stable condition before being discharged from their respective medical facilities. In total, there were 19 Marines involved.

Drivers wrongly convicted in crashes caused by defects

There are many causes of car accidents, such as gross negligence or recklessness, which could lead to some drivers being criminally charged, convicted and jailed. However, some West Virginia motorists who have been jailed might want to revisit their cases, because many people are finding that they were wrongly convicted for accidents that were caused by vehicle defects.

Study shows early MRI scans detect bleeding from brain injuries

West Virginia readers may be interested in a new study that shows that soldiers who undergo an MRI shortly after suffering a traumatic brain injury may receive better, faster treatment. The authors of the study discovered that brain imaging helps physicians identify brain bleeding that could lead to stroke or brain swelling if left untreated.

Serious car accident injuries can appear days after a crash

A person might not realize the extent of an injury after being in a car accident in West Virginia. Most people are familiar with whiplash injuries that might take hours or days to present symptoms after a wreck, but other serious conditions might be missed as well.

West Virginia motorcycle accidents and common causes to avoid

Riding motorcycles can be dangerous pastime for West Virginians, but a clear field of vision and powerful braking systems can help prevent accidents. Nonetheless, some types of motorcycle accidents are more common than others. Experts believe that education about the types of motorcycle accidents that commonly occur is the best way to prevent an accident in the future.

Study shows association between brain injuries and ADHD

According to a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, there is a strong association between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The research could lead to better ADHD screening techniques in West Virginia and nationwide.

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