Why Do People Call Brain Injuries Invisible Injuries?

You may have heard people use the nickname “invisible injury” to describe a brain injury. When you see a person wearing a cast, you know they have a broken limb. It is not the same for people suffering from a brain injury. We can see how a person is affected, but not the injury causing the symptoms. A recent national tragedy can serve as an example. In January of 2011, former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords [...]

How Does Addiction Affect the Brain?

Addiction is an incredibly frustrating disease for both addicts and their family members. People who are addicted to prescription opioids like OxyContin may want to stop, but find it is very difficult to moderate dosages or cease using. Family members watch in bewilderment as their loved ones destroy relationships, lose jobs or overdose. Why is it hard to quit? The answers are found within the medical field of neuroscience, the study of the human nervous [...]

How Would You Solve Fatigued Driving in the Commercial Trucking Industry?

In 2014, comedian Tracy Morgan’s limousine was slammed into by a Walmart truck driver on the New Jersey Turnpike. The truck driver had been awake for more than 24 hours. Tracy Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury, and spent more than one year healing before returning to his career. Last week’s accident in Bridgewater also involved a drowsy semi-truck driver. In this case, two semi-trucks collided. One of the drivers fell asleep at the wheel [...]

Is a New Version of OxyContin Causing a Wave of Fatal Heroin Overdoses?

New research published by the Rand Corporation and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania claim a “safer” version of OxyContin led to thousands of fatal heroin overdoses. You may be thinking, “what in the world is a safe version of OxyContin?” In 2010, Purdue Pharma changed the formula so people addicted to OxyContin could not crush the pills into a powder. When turned into a powder and snorted, OxyContin gives users a stronger high. [...]

Does NJ Transit Have a History of Safety Issues?

New Jersey lawmakers, press outlets and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are investigating what caused the Hoboken train crash two months ago. These hearings and investigations suggest NJ Transit might have a poor history of following safety regulations. An FRA investigation found employees used phones, failed to carry out brake tests and did not stock trains with emergency tools. Some trains lacked fire extinguishers. NJ Transit also did not employ teams to install positive train [...]

Can this Popular Hair Relaxer Cause Baldness?

A lawsuit filed against cosmetics manufacturer L’Oreal claims its hair relaxer product SoftSheen Carson causes severe scalp burns and baldness. SoftSheen is a hair product marketed towards African American women. Plaintiffs in the case argue they were led to believe the product was safe. Attorneys involved in the case claim L’Oreal downplayed the risks of using SoftSheen by promoting healthy ingredients on the product label. SoftSheen’s label promotes its use of “alma oil,” an ingredient [...]

What Types of Records are Important in a Truck Accident Case?

There are several ways commercial trucking companies may cause accidents. They might hire unsafe drivers, neglect routine maintenance or ignore other regulations. There may be a documented history of unsafe practices that can become useful evidence in a truck accident case. The following examples are types of evidence that might be useful after a truck accident: Hours of service logs: Hours of service rules exist to prevent fatigued driving accidents. Commercial truckers must keep written [...]

Want to Prevent Space Heater Fires? These Tips May Help

Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show space heaters are responsible for 32 percent of house fires involving heating equipment. However, space heaters are especially dangerous because they are responsible for 79 percent of fatal home heating fires. Only cooking and smoking cause more deaths. Many of these deaths are preventable. The following tips may help prevent space heater fires: Keep children away from space heaters. The NFPA recommends a three-foot “kid zone” [...]

Can Future Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries Reduce Paralysis?

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates more than 282,000 Americans are living with spinal cord injuries. Depending on the nature of a spinal cord injury, living independently can be difficult or impossible. Treatments for spinal cord injuries focus on improving this lack of independence. Neuroprosthetics is one area of research that may soon help people achieve greater independence. A person with a spinal cord injury has a part of his or her nervous [...]

Should We Rename Drunk Driving Accidents?

A movement is underway to change the term drunk driving accidents to drunk driving crashes. Advocates claim the change in terminology holds drunk drivers responsible for their actions when they take lives or injure other motorists. In addition, advocates claim these collisions are not really “accidents.” After all, the word accident implies a specific outcome is unintentional and impossible to anticipate. For example, “accidently” dropping your phone is an outcome many people cannot anticipate. Accidently [...]

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