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FDA approves device to detect concussions better

After a car accident, fall or collision while playing sports, one of the main concerns victims and medical workers have is whether a person has a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause some brain damage and chemical changes, even when it is minor. As such, properly identifying a concussion...

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Should pregnant women be included in research studies?

A recent article by NPR detailed the challenges doctors face in treating pregnant women with medical conditions – either pre-existing or pregnancy-related. The effects of certain medications may be unknown or unstudied, so doctors often rely on what they’ve always done. Pregnant women are not typically involved in medical research studies, due to ethical...

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Changes coming to Ohio Amish country roads

Drivers in and around Cuyahoga county are likely quite familiar with the presence of people in the Amish community. And while Amish and other residents may not occupy a lot of the same spaces together, we do share the roads. Unfortunately, this is creating some serious – and dangerous – problems for everyone. Across...

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Think twice before driving with a hangover

Most people think driving with a hangover is much safer than driving drunk. But a recent article by the American Automobile Association explains why driving while hungover can be as dangerous as drunk driving. (more…)

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Dangerous toys of 2018

Every year, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund publishes a report detailing findings from a survey on toy safety. This year, the PIRG’s survey included 40 toys. Of those, 15 were found to be potentially unsafe or hazardous due to: Choking hazards Small parts Balloons (which pose the greatest threat of...

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Why do doctors give premature babies caffeine?

Premature births are not uncommon in the U.S. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that roughly 1 in 10 babies is born too early. However, that doesn’t mean it is any less frightening or overwhelming for new parents. Under these circumstances, it can be easy for parents to feel...

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Worldwide traffic safety and roadway accident statistics

We often look at local or national car accident statistics. But worldwide car accident statistics are more difficult to come by. The World Health Organization recently released information about worldwide traffic-related deaths. This includes car drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. Some of the interesting statistics were: (more…)

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How to avoid holiday injuries – as told by your favorite Christmas movies

The holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year. From decorations and new toys to food and festivities, we all have reasons to be excited for the coming weeks. Take cues from these classic holiday movies to help keep an injury from putting a damper on your festivities. (more…)

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Despite improved tech, truck accident rates remain high

Commercial transportation is a vital element of our economy, and the need for safe vehicles and safe drivers is as critical as ever. Unfortunately, despite massive improvements in driving technology in recent years, accidents involving commercial trucks continue to happen. In fact, according to this recent article, accident rates have either stayed steady or...

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