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Blog Posts in 2011

  • Car Accident Brain Injuries Are Not Always Easy to Diagnose

    Just because a car accident victim is lucid and walking normally doesn't mean they are fine. In fact, many brain injuries do not present themselves immediately. Remember actress Natasha Richardson? She was laughing and talking immediately after her skiing accident. Later that afternoon she complained of headaches and blurred vision. She died two days later. A person with a brain bleed can seem ...
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  • Truck Driver Obesity Puts Other Drivers At Risk

    A recent report from the New York Times highlighted the growing trend of obese truck drivers. Eighty-six percent of truck drivers are overweight or obese, according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Obesity puts drivers at a greater risk for a sudden health event such as a heart attack or a stroke that can cause fatal car and truck accidents . The growing concern for the health ...
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  • Safety Recommendations for Passenger Vans

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a number of safety reminders about passenger vans after two fatal accidents led to 10 deaths. Passenger vans have a greater probability of serious or fatal car accidents when inexperienced drivers are at the wheel, the tires are improperly inflated or the van is overloaded. The NHTSA released a number of safety tips for ...
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  • Radiation Errors Often Go Unreported as Medical Errors

    A recent study by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has uncovered a startling trend in radiation errors - many radiation errors are not reported to the patient or to the hospital despite the responsibility to do so. The study asked four radiation oncology centers to fill out a survey of observed and reported errors or near-errors in radiation. According to the survey, "staff ...
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  • Overseas stem cell treatments present benefits and risks

    American doctors admit that stem cell treatments and other regenerative medicine may have a lot of potential to treat a variety of ailments and injuries. Stem cells contain a regenerative quality that can help form new tissue, but there are still a lot of questions about how and when to use them. While American doctors and researchers are hesitant to recommend treatments that are still ...
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  • Why the difference between plastic and cosmetic surgery matters

    To most people "plastic surgeon" and "cosmetic surgeon" are interchangeable terms; both sets of surgeons provide elective, aesthetic procedures. Unfortunately, there is a difference between the two -- one is board-certified and required to undergo a residency with a senior plastic surgeon and the other is a doctor whose primary training is outside of plastic surgery but has done some plastic ...
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  • Miami-Dade undertakes measures to protect against brain injury

    High school athletes are the target of two new requirements to hopefully protect against traumatic brain injuries . The Florida High School Athletics Association and the Miami-Dade and Broward counties have changed how coaches and schools will deal with concussed athletes. The measures are intended to slow an injured player's return to the field where he or she needs more recovery time. There have ...
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  • Nova Southeastern helps patients with spinal cord injuries

    Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, is revolutionizing treatment for people living with spinal cord injuries . The university has given out eight Apple iPads to current patients with spinal cord injuries and plans to give out 12 more to others in Broward County. Researchers with the university's department of occupational therapy were recently given money from the Christopher and Dana ...
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  • Traumatic brain injury rehab "graduates" celebrate in Miami

    Six teenagers who have suffered traumatic brain injuries are finally graduating from the Jackson Memorial Hospital's outpatient pediatric rehabilitation program. Most of the six were injured in car accidents and at one time were on the verge of death. Now, after several years of medical treatments and rehabilitation, they are ready to graduate and to have fun. The rehab group went to Crandon Park ...
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  • Florida girl's progress with one-year-old spinal cord injury

    Approximately one year ago, a Florida girl fell from the top of the Terminal Velocity water ride at Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells. The girl's 100-foot fall left her with a stretched spinal cord and other serious injuries. Now, the 13-year-old girl has shown tremendous improvement. The girl's mother is shocked with just how much her daughter can do after such a traumatic fall. She said that she ...
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  • Florida day care center sued after child dies in its care

    Day care centers undertake a lot of responsibility to keep children safe. When a child dies in a day care center's care, it is reasonable to think that it failed to do something to protect the child. A family in Homestead, Florida, recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the day care center where a 22-month-old toddler recently died. The family recently held a press conference about the ...
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  • Speeding motorcyclist kills elderly pedestrian walking to store

    A recent motorcycle accident has claimed the life of an elderly woman on her way to the store and has left the motorcycle driver hospitalized with serious injuries. The accident happened on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill, Florida, as the woman tried to cross the street to go shopping. The motorcyclist was a 30-year-old man from Spring Hill with numerous traffic violations. He had previously been ...
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  • Lifeguard hits sunbather with truck while on beach patrol

    A Daytona Beach Shores lifeguard's accident is raising questions about the safety of Beach Patrol lifeguards driving pickup trucks on the beach. The 21-year-old lifeguard had been driving in one of the beach lanes when a beachgoer told him of some broken glass near the water. The lifeguard then swung wide to make a U-turn and hit a sunbather in the head with his right front wheel. The sunbather ...
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  • Woman sues Miami hotel in connection with traumatic brain injury

    We all expect police officers to be alert and careful. Police officers are not allowed to drink alcohol while on duty so that they are ready to do their jobs if the need arises. A Seattle woman is learning just why police officers should not drink on the job after an intoxicated officer hit her with his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) while she was walking on Miami Beach. The woman had been on the beach ...
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  • Wrong-site surgery rate still high after guidelines adopted

    Imagine going into the hospital for a knee replacement on your right knee, but the doctor operates on and replaces your healthy left knee. Imagine instead that the surgeon gives you a total hip replacement. Or, that he gives a complete stranger the new knee you were scheduled to have gotten. These types of surgical errors seem impossible, but a new report says these types of negligent "wrong-site ...
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