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May 2015 Archives

Rare brain injury disorder turns victims into savants

By now, most of us are familiar with the most common symptoms of a head injury, even those of us fortunate enough never to experience serious brain trauma. Media coverage of concussions has educated the public to the headaches, nausea, cognitive impairments and emotional problems common to many sufferers.

Google says its self-driving cars have been in 11 accidents

It appears that being inside a self-driving vehicle does not guarantee passengers that they will not get into a car accident, at least so far. Two companies working on automated vehicles have admitted that their prototypes have sustained crashes. One of the companies is Google, which announced recently that its vehicles have been in 11 accidents, according to MLive.

Federal regulations try to reduce fatigued truck driver accidents

Being a truck driver is difficult. Truckers are frequently away from home for days at a time. They must spend hours on the road, and face pressure to complete their deliveries as quickly as possible. So it is natural that truckers would be tempted to do what they can to reach their destination rapidly.

What is a concussion?

Concussions are a big news subject these days, as the long-term effects of blows to the head for athletes and troops in war zones have come increasingly to light. But readers who have never experienced one may not know exactly what experts are talking about when they refer to concussions. What is a concussion and how does it affect the human brain?

What is paraplegia?

As we discussed in our April 22 blog post, spinal cord injuries can cause lifelong disability. After suffering a spinal injury in a car accident or on the job, the location and extent of the injury largely determines what parts of your body will be paralyzed.