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As They Gain Confidence, Teen Drivers Become More Careless

Remember the first time you got behind the wheel? You were probably very cautious when you first put the car in gear and took your foot off the brake pedal. But your awe at the experience of driving such a powerful machine began to dissipate the more you drove.

Now there is evidence that documents what you probably experienced. A study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and the group Students Against Destructive Decisions shows that teenagers become significantly more careless the more they drive. Gaining confidence, teens engage in dangerous driving practices such as using a cellphone and texting while on the road.

Study Analyzes Factors that Turn a Slip into a Fall

slip fall.pngThe factors that turn a slip into a fall are minuscule and can change in an instant. When a stumble turns into a fall it can mean that someone ends up in the hospital or has an embarrassing story that is shared later with friends and family. Preventing a stumble from turning into a fall depends as much on luck as it does on preparation. Falls can be deadly for the elderly and people with prior serious injuries. A study is examining the factors that convert a stumble into a fall to better understand how elder care facilities can be designed to mitigate these risks.

The Dangers of Vaping

In recent years, e-cigarettes (also known as vapes) have gained in popularity. The primary reason seems to be that they are perceived as being safer than regular cigarettes. Vaping also helps people avoid the odor of tobacco on clothes, furnishings and automobile interiors. In some cases, e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking altogether.

But is vaping really safe? At this point, the evidence is unclear. One study led by researchers at University College London concluded that e-cigarettes are "far safer and less toxic than smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes". But other studies that tested many flavors of liquids used in e-cigarettes found that the liquids contained levels of diacetyl and acetyl propionyl, chemicals that have been associated with respiratory diseases such as popcorn lung. In addition, e-cigarettes pose significant fire and explosion risks.

Factors That Affect the Rehabilitation of a Traumatic Brain Injury

recovery.pngAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2007 and 2013 the number of traumatic brain injuries increased by nearly 50%. For survivors of these kinds of injuries, the road to recovery is different and long. There are a number of factors that affect how quickly and effective rehabilitation will be.

Diagnostic Errors That Change Lives

diagonse.pngDiagnostic errors are common and can have fatal consequences for patients. It is estimated that up to 18 million diagnostic errors occur annually. These are responsible for approximately 10% of fatalities and 12% of adverse events that occur in hospitals each year. Each year, the National Institute of Medicine estimates that 74,000 people die as a result of a diagnostic error. Nationwide, it is estimated that as many as 15% of patients who see a physician for a new medical issue may be misdiagnosed. 

A Brain Injury May Increase the Risk for Dementia

The near-term effects of brain injuries have been intensively studied. But there can be lifelong effects as well. For example, a new study shows that victims of severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may face a dramatically higher risk for dementia than people who suffer less severe brain injuries. Age appears to be a factor too. The study showed that people aged 41-50 who suffered a TBI had a sharply higher risk for dementia than those who suffered a TBI at a younger age.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Evaluates a Claim

evaluation.jpgPersonal injury attorneys carefully evaluate all personal injury claims they come across to determine if they're viable cases. They can also determine what types of compensation that clients may be entitled to receive when going through the legal process. Here are several aspects to a claim that an injury attorney will evaluate.

Can Vision Zero Chicago Eliminate Traffic Crashes and Fatalities?

At long last, the City of Chicago has released its Vision Zero Chicago plan. The city thus joins New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and a number of other cities around the world in developing such a plan.

The near term goal of Vision Zero Chicago is to reduce traffic accidents by 20 percent and traffic fatalities by 35 percent by 2020. Ultimately, the plan seeks to entirely eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2026. These are certainly ambitious goals - and worthy ones too, considering the fact that traffic accidents in Chicago result in more than 2,000 serious injuries* and about 100 or more deaths each year.

Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

Every year, millions older Americans suffer physical abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Many suffer in silence, too afraid or intimidated to draw attention to their suffering. Often they are often being tormented by caregivers who are responsible for providing their meals and attending to their personal needs.

As a relative of friend of a person living in a nursing home or assisted care facility, it is up to you to recognize the signs of elder abuse and take action.