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November 2017 Archives

Pokémon Go linked with increase in distracted driving

Pennsylvania residents probably know about the smartphone-based game called Pokémon Go, and they may have even heard reports about how it gets many players into accidents. A study from Purdue University has discovered that distracted driving is one especially worrying trend as many drivers play the game while behind the wheel.

AAA study reveals advantages of four truck safety devices

Drivers in Pennsylvania may feel uncomfortable about driving near commercial trucks, but they will be happy to hear about an AAA study advising trucking companies to consider four safety technologies for their fleet. These are lane departure warning systems, automatic emergency braking, air disc brakes and video-based onboard safety monitoring systems.

ADHD medication reduces risk of car accidents

Pennsylvania residents who have been diagnosed with ADHD may be interested to learn that those who are medicated are less likely to be involved in car accidents than those who are not. The results of a study determined this by analyzing health insurance claims from between 2005 and 2014.

Diagnosing TBIs with blood tests

Pennsylvania residents who have sustained a head trauma may benefit from a simple test that can determine if they have a traumatic brain injury. Thanks to university researchers, a rudimentary blood test to detect certain biomarkers may be able to do so. The university researchers have identified four proteins that are released from brain cells, referred to as astrocytes, when the outer lining of the cells have been broken open as a result of trauma from whiplash or blunt force.

Thanksgiving the start of a deadly time of year

Pennsylvania residents may associate Thanksgiving with happy times. However, doctors know that Thanksgiving may also be one of the deadliest times of the year. In fact, there is an increase in the U.S. death rate throughout most of the winter. In 2013, the death rate was 5 percent higher in December than it was in November according to the CDC. The increased death rate during the winter months is largely attributed to the weather and illnesses such as the flu.

Autumn sees an increase wildlife-related crashes

Pennsylvania motorists should be aware that wildlife-related accidents become more common once daylight saving time ends and the days grow shorter. The autumn is the peak mating season for many animals, such as deer, and bears are still roaming for food to prepare for hibernation. Since they are most active between dawn and dusk, they become more difficult for drivers to see during this period.

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