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August 2017 Archives

Concerning the Dangers of Transvascular Autonomic Modulation

In recent years, a controversial medical procedure has been touted for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and other nervous system disorders. Called transvascular autonomic modulation (TVAM), the treatment involves the insertion of a balloon catheter into a vein. Proponents of the procedure claim beneficial effects from increased blood flow and stimulation of the nerves in the area around the balloon catheter.

Moderate Alcohol + Lack of Sleep = Impaired Driving

It's dangerous to drive when you are sleep-deprived. That's why federal regulations require commercial drivers to take periodic rest breaks. But what if you've gotten five hours of sleep? Is that sufficient to enable you to stay alert while driving? Not if you have even a moderate amount of alcohol in your system, according to a new study.

Pressure Ulcers are Preventable Signs of Abuse

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for elder sitting wheelchair.jpgPressure ulcers are common signs of abuse in nursing homes that are preventable when nursing home staff perform their duties properly. The CDC estimates that as many as one in every ten nursing home residents suffers from pressure ulcers. The presence of pressure ulcers indicates that patients are not being properly cared for and the consequences can be downright lethal.

Drowsy Driving is a Deadly Decision

drowsy driving.pngDrowsy driving is a serious behavior that causes more than 71,000 personal injuries and 1500 fatalities every year. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is a factor in as many as 100,000 crashes annually. These accidents are responsible for upwards of $71 billion in damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, property damage, and lost wages. This makes drowsy driving just as dangerous and costly as driving drunk.  

Understanding Peripheral Nerve Injuries

nerve-cell.jpgThe peripheral nervous system is highly susceptible to injuries that can cause pain and diminish an individual's ability to perform even basic tasks. Peripheral nerve injuries can be permanent and have a significant impact on a victim's earning capacity and quality of life.

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.