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September 2016 Archives

West Virginia residents lose lives in out-of-state crash

Authorities say that an investigation is underway following a fatal accident on Sept. 18 that claimed the lives of two people from West Virginia. According to media sources, the deadly collision took place in the neighboring state of Ohio at approximately 8:55 p.m. with personnel from the Washington County sheriff's office and Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department responding to the scene.

Stimulation device may assist brain injury patients

A traumatic brain injury can significantly reduce an individual's quality of life. It can negatively alter a person's cognitive abilities, including memory, decision-making skills and awareness. According to a recent study, those in West Virginia and across the nation who suffer from a traumatic brain injury may benefit from deep brain stimulation.

Sleep apnea screenings proposed for truckers

The government sought public opinion on a proposal to regulate the screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea among railroad workers and truck drivers before moving ahead with the rule. Truck drivers in West Virginia probably will not be surprised that opinions were mixed.

Even mild concussions can have lasting symptoms

Minor traumatic brain injuries, commonly referred to as concussions, affect countless West Virginia residents. A concussion occurs when a person's head is injured by a blow or bump that is strong enough to jostle the brain. When a person's brain bumps against the sides of their skull, brain cells are damaged, and the person may experience temporary or permanent brain changes.

Automated car technology and older drivers

Technology could help older West Virginia drivers travel more safely in the future. Smart car features help drivers steer away from obstacles, brake during an emergency and avoid collisions. Some technological innovations alert drivers to the presence of another vehicle or person in their blind spot, while others alert the driver to a vehicle stopped up ahead. These innovations are often built into many newer vehicles and offered as optional amenities in others.

Domestic assault victims may suffer brain injuries

Depending on how they were battered or struck, West Virginians who have been in physically abusive relationships may have sustained traumatic brain injuries. Statistics show that around 14 percent of men and 25 percent of women in the U.S. have at some point in their lives been the victims of serious physical assaults. Although the incidence of brain trauma among these survivors often takes a back seat to TBI diagnoses involving military veterans and contact sports players, there is a real risk.

Traffic fatalities increased in 2015

West Virginia motorists may want to be more alert on the roads after reading some statistics that have been released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. According to the NHTSA, 2015 saw a 7.2 percent jump in fatalities compared to the previous year. In total, some 35,092 people died on the roads. The nation's transportation secretary put out a call for scientists and specialists to perform additional research and analysis of the problem.

Brain tsunamis following traumatic brain injuries

West Virginia patients who suffer a traumatic brain injury may suffer from complications long after the incident occurred. If the injury is severe enough, they may even suffer from a brain tsunami, or sudden seizure-like waves of brain activity that can cause serious damage.

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