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Natural brain recovery may not be best, scientists say

A lesson in neuroscience for West Virginia residents could include the information that after a traumatic brain injury, new brain cells begin to regenerate almost immediately. Though this may sound like a good thing, there is growing evidence that the natural process of new brain cell birth after a brain injury may actually increase the risk of seizures and memory decline.

Larger cars are safer in crashes according to IIHS tests

Drivers in West Virginia and around the country will likely know that size and weight can matter a great deal in a crash, but they may be surprised to learn just how much safer large and heavy vehicles actually are. The Insurance Institute for Highway safety is a nonprofit road safety advocacy group supported by auto insurers, and in 2009 it decided to find out how vehicle size and weight impacted accident survivability rates.

Driving at night

Motorists in West Virginia who drive at night are at risk for certain hazards. In fact, traffic fatalities are three times more likely to occur while it is. In order to remain safe, it is important for drivers to be aware of the difficulties associated with driving at nighttime.

Ingestion of caustic chemicals causes severe burns

Chemical burns can happen in several different types of situations. One that is more common than many West Virginia residents might believe is the accidental ingestion of caustic chemicals by restaurant patrons. Indeed, estimates put the number of people injured by eating or drinking chemicals between 5,000 and 15,000 per year nationwide.

Women often need more time to recover from concussions

Physicians treating women who suffered head injuries in West Virginia might be using medical knowledge skewed toward male patients. A professor of neurosurgery and director of a brain injury research education program explained that most research had involved male victims of head trauma. He said this meant that most information about concussions had not taken into account how the brain injury affects men and women differently.

Attitudes about texting and driving reveal contradictions

Many West Virginia drivers might have contradictory opinions about distracted driving. While they probably disapprove of others doing it, they may feel confident that they can both use a cell phone and drive successfully. According to a recent study, such contradictions are true of about one-third of all drivers.

Slip and fall risks may be greater than is assumed

West Virginia companies may be seriously underestimating the risk of slip and fall injuries at their locations, a study indicates. The author of the study notes that many employers are exposed to significant liability risks and costs due to underestimating the risks of floor safety and failing to address high-risk zones.

Scientists develop substance to repair brain injuries

West Virginia residents may be interested to learn that scientists have developed a gel-like substance that could help heal traumatic brain injuries. The substance, called Brain Glue, was created by researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center.

Study looks at link between eye movements and TBI

It might be possible to detect brain injuries in West Virginia residents through eye tracking. According to a doctor who has been studying the problem, eye movements may be disrupted in two different ways by a concussion. Either neurological pathways are physiologically disrupted or intracranial pressure becomes elevated. At the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance conference, a doctor presented research regarding the correlation between eye movements and traumatic brain injury.

Report shows safety features work

A lane departure warning or blind spot warning system in a vehicle could reduce the odds that it is involved in an accident on a West Virginia road. It could also reduce the odds that an individual is hurt in the event of an accident. These were the two main takeaways from a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to the IIHS, there would have been 55,000 fewer injuries in 2015 if all vehicles were equipped with a lane departure warning system.

Daytime headlights reduce car accidents

West Virginia drivers may not be aware that they could significantly reduce their chances of a car crash by simply turning on their headlights in the daytime. Several studies have confirmed that the use of daytime headlights increases visibility and cuts down on car accidents. Because of this, some traffic safety advocates are pushing for legislation mandating the use of headlights during daylight hours.

Why accidents happen most closest to home

Most accidents that take place in America occur within 25 miles of a person's home. This is partially because a West Virginia motorist might relax more when driving in familiar surroundings. It is also largely because most driving that a person does is relatively close to home. In many cases, people may go into autopilot when driving in familiar surroundings, which means they are relying more on muscle memory than actual technique.

Fall brings new dangers to drivers

The fall season in West Virginia brings many changes to the environment and daily lives of residents. Fall foliage, kids returning to school and changes in the weather can all combine to make driving a suddenly different experience for those who are used to the summer. Motorists should remember a few things to stay safe on the roads in the fall.

Ornamental wheel spikes on trucks can be dangerous

Those who regularly travel on West Virginia highways may occasionally see spike-like lug nuts attached to semi trucks and other commercial vehicles. While these spike ornaments are usually made from plastic, they can potentially be made of aluminum or another metal. As such, these lug nuts could potentially be a hazard, particularly for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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