May 2015 Archives

Could optometry help in the assessment of brain injury severity?

As most people are well aware traumatic brain injuries can be serious and impact the life of the person who suffers it far into the future. Accordingly, determining how serious a TBI is in a timely manner is important. It could help to determine how the patient should be treated. A new diagnostic tool was recently put in to place via a joint effort between the Children's Hospital of Alabama and University of Alabama's Birmingham School of Optometry.

App aims to keep Alabama roads free from drunk drivers

Most readers would likely agree that anything that can be done to reduce the number of people who drive while under the influence of alcohol is a good thing. As a result, there are multiple approaches taken to try to keep people from getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk. While law enforcement obviously plays a big role in this, other entities are taking a more technical approach.

Make Your Summer Road Trip Safe

The increase in people on the roads and the potential for impaired driving, especially on holidays, can make summer travel dangerous, whether you are staying close to home or heading out of town. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages you to prepare for save travels this summer. Consider these tips before you go:

Study finds texting only one of many distracted driving behaviors

There is no question that texting is a big problem when it comes to causing car accidents throughout the nation. It is not the only activity that could lead to a car accident however. A recent survey focused on other types of distracted driving behaviors that people engage in besides texting while driving.

Recognizing signs of elder abuse

It is hard for most to imagine that anyone would do anything to harm loved ones who are elderly. As hard as it is to acknowledge, this does sadly happen—possibly more than most realize. According to one individual who prosecutes criminal cases involving victims who are elderly and disabled, elder abuse is underreported. For those who do not yet reside in nursing homes this could be due to trying to avoid that as an outcome.

Defective airbags lead to additional automobile recalls

The idea behind airbags is that they will protect passengers who occupy the vehicles in which they are installed. Because of this it is particularly upsetting when the very things meant to keep people safe actually end up injuring them. This is exactly what is happening with some airbags installed in vehicles found in the United States. The airbags were manufactured in Japan.

Midsize SUVs don't fare well in small overlap crash test

In an effort to keep people on the roads throughout the nation as safe as possible the vehicles being manufactured are constantly being designed with safety improvements. To determine just how effective those safety measures are, crash tests are conducted on the vehicles. Recently the results of crash tests conducted upon midsize SUVs were made public. More than half of the seven vehicles that were tested received the rating of either marginal or poor.

Collision of trucks sends one driver to hospital

It is fair to say that often when we hear about a crash involving a truck it is in the context of a semi inflicting damage upon a much smaller car. The reality however is that this is not always the way that truck accidents play out. Sometimes they involve another truck and sometimes they are the result of the actions taken by the driver of a car. Both appear to be true when it comes to a crash that occurred recently in Alabama.

Could gender play a role in brain injury recovery?

There is no question that brain injuries can be devastating to those who suffer from them. This is true regardless of the circumstances surrounding the brain injury. While researchers are always looking for the best way to treat the potentially debilitating injury, it has recently become clear that in at least one area, women’s brains respond differently than those of men. That area is in recovering memory.

Ride smart to observe National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

A car accident could involve any other vehicle that happens to be on the road at the same time including motorcycles. Since May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, this is good time to revisit some of the things that all drivers can do to try to keep motorcyclists safe on the road.

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