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February 2020 Archives

Aerobic exercise may be effective TBI intervention

West Virginia residents who suffer a traumatic brain injury have few treatment options available. Attention training and cognitive behavioral therapy are just two interventions that can help victims cope with the cognitive and psychosocial symptoms, but in severe cases, even these may have little effect. Pharmacological treatments have also been found lacking. Yet studies suggest that exercise can benefit TBI victims where other treatments fail.

Crash risk for teens may decline if schools start later

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later, the reason being that later start times give teens a chance to obtain sufficient sleep. Biological changes lead to teens sleeping late in the day, and if they do not get the sleep they need, they raise the risk for unsafe behaviors behind the wheel. West Virginia residents can see, then, how schools might impact car crash rates.

How CMV drivers can avert fatigue on the road

Fatigue can impair cognition, reaction times and memory, which is why it is so dangerous for drivers, especially truckers. Below are some tips that truck operators in West Virginia can take into account. These methods could help address fatigue on the road or prevent it altogether.

How drivers, especially teens, can avoid distractions

Drivers in West Virginia and across the U.S. are seemingly becoming more and more prone to distraction. Whatever the reasons for this, it is clear that younger drivers in particular need to be on their guard against distractions. In a survey from The Zebra, 38% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 admitted that they text while driving.

Report calls for updating of NHTSA's car safety rating system

Newer vehicles may not be as safe as West Virginia residents think. The reason, according to one critical report, is that the current five-star safety rating system employed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is outdated. This rating system was developed back in the 1990s and is based on the results of crash testing performed in a laboratory with dummies.

Dangers of being an in-vehicle fallback test driver

Drivers in West Virginia who are following the developments in self-driving vehicle technology should know that many automakers are hiring individuals to be in-vehicle fallback test drivers for AI-driven cars. What these people sounds simple and perhaps even enviable: They sit for hours in a car that drives itself and only intervene if the car seems headed for danger. Yet the job itself is fraught with danger.

TBIs: different types and treatments

Brain injuries that disrupt normal brain functions are called traumatic brain injuries, and they can be caused when the brain receives a blow, is jolted around or is penetrated. West Virginia residents who know someone who has incurred a TBI should know about the different types and degrees of TBI.