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March 2016 Archives

New device could identify concussions in athletes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medical device that could identify brain injuries in athletes in less than a minute. The product, which uses virtual reality to detect eye movement impairment, is designed for the sidelines of playing fields and could help protect football players and other athletes in West Virginia and nationwide.

Deep sleep could protect the brain after head injury

While West Virginia residents incur head injuries for various reasons, professional sports has provided an avenue for exploring the long-term implications of serious or multiple traumatic brain injuries. Football has been an area of particular concern, and a recent acknowledgement by an NFL official about the link between the sport and serious brain disease issues has added credence to the concerns being raised not only with football but also with other sports and scenarios.

Fatigued driving and commercial trucks

Truck drivers in West Virginia have to follow numerous regulations, which are meant to help reduce the likelihood of their causing accidents. Truck accidents are especially dangerous to others because how much larger and heavier trucks are compared to passenger cars. This means that when a truck driver is involved in an accident, people are likelier to either be killed or seriously injured.

Voluntary deal to install automatic braking systems reached

A broad agreement among automobile manufacturers may lead to automatic braking systems being standard for cars being sold in West Virginia by the year 2022. The terms have already reached accord among 10 of the largest manufacturers in the American market, and the plan is to expand the agreement until it covers 99 percent of all light vehicles being sold.

Study finds college students slip and fall regularly

West Virginia residents may not be surprised to learn that changes in balance that occur naturally as people age cause one in three elderly Americans to fall each year, but they may not know that young people may fall at an even higher rate. A report published in the scientific journal Human Movement Science looked into the fall rate of older individuals with college students, and they found that college students average one slip or fall every week.

New research into TBI evaluation and treatment announced

Individuals who have suffered some sort of head injury are common visitors to emergency rooms in West Virginia, but the medical profession has yet to develop a standardized method of evaluating the severity of this type of injury. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control reveal that more than 2 million people with a traumatic brain injury are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year, and researchers from the University of Minnesota and a Minneapolis medical center plan to study thousands of patients in order to better understand how these injuries should be assessed and treated.

New CDL requirements proposed by federal safety agency

West Virginians are injured each year in accidents involving commercial vehicles, and these crashes are sometimes blamed on inexperienced or poorly trained drivers of those vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is tasked with ensuring that those who drive semi-tractor trailers, buses or tankers are capable of safely handling the large and heavy vehicles at their command, and the safety agency has proposed a more thorough curriculum for those hoping to earn a commercial driver's license.

Brain injury symptoms

Many people in West Virginia are unaware that a concussion and a brain injury are two somewhat different things. While a concussion may cause a person to lose consciousness briefly or not at all, a brain injury usually results in an extended period of lost consciousness. Brain injuries are more severe than concussions and they can cause a range of different life-altering symptoms.

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