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Pedestrian killed on Phoenix street

A woman crossing a street in Phoenix was struck and killed by a car on the night of Oct. 23, authorities stated. The driver involved in the 8 p.m. accident allegedly fled from the scene of the crash, on McDowell Road near 51st Avenue. Phoenix police eventually located and detained the driver, reportedly.

What is Erb's palsy?

Because it is a rare birth injury, Arizona parents might not be familiar with the condition known as Erb's palsy. Also known as brachial plexus birth palsy, this condition typically results from difficult deliveries and may affect movement and feeling in an infant's arm.

What emotional issues can be caused by brain injuries?

The way in which we experience life is defined by the functions of our brain. We use our five senses to gather information about the world around us and our brain processes that information and provides feedback. This feedback guides us in our actions and allows us to understand and react to our circumstances. Should we ever experience a traumatic brain injury, then our ability to function can be severely impaired.

Doctors can be liable for failure to diagnose symptoms

If we suspect that we may be suffering from some form of medical ailment, we may choose to have the issue addressed at a hospital or other health care facility. Our hope is to have our symptoms properly diagnosed so any appropriate treatment can be issued.

Wrong-way driver in 5-car crash may have been impaired

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety says an impaired driver may have caused a five-vehicle crash on Oct. 17. The accident happened in Phoenix shortly after 2 a.m., and police allege that the driver accused of causing the wreck was driving in the wrong direction. Although the driver is suspected of DUI, the DPS spokesman said that the investigation might not be completed for weeks or even months.

Facts about motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a comprehensive report on motorcycle accidents in America, detailing statistics on both fatal and nonfatal accidents. Arizona motorcyclists and other interested parties may find relevant information about the risks of cycling and the frequency of various types of collisions. This report indicates that motorcycle riding is substantially more risky than the operation of a car.

Treatment and rehabilitation for brain injuries

Any Arizona resident could suffer a brain injury at some point in their lives. Brain injuries can occur if a person is involved in a bike accident, car crash or all-terrain vehicle accident. Older individuals are prone to suffering brain injuries during a fall, while kids are at risk of injuring themselves at the playground.

Doctors should work carefully to prevent birth injuries

An ancient Chinese text known as the Tao Te Ching offers the following instructions to midwives: “You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss.” Though this quote is thousands of years old, it can hold true for today’s doctors who help women deliver their infants. The goal is the same now as it was then, to see to the safe delivery of a baby. And yet, after all this time, birth injuries can still occur.

Arizona motorcyclist killed in crash

A 28-year-old resident of Phoenix lost his life when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Cadillac SUV around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 30. The deadly crash occurred just east of Scottsdale Road on heavily traveled Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. The entire eastbound side of the roadway was shut down for approximately four hours, and the closure severely affected morning rush hour traffic.

Motorcyclist in Arizona killed after Highway 95 crash

Drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists on the roadway, and a recent accident on Highway 95 demonstrates this. The crash in Bullhead City killed a motorcyclist on Oct. 1; authorities reported that the accident occurred near Seventh Street when a 94-year-old woman driving a 2008 Buick LaCrosse attempted to make a left turn into the U.S. Postal Service Highway Station and failed to yield.

Motor vehicle accident costs and statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, productivity losses and medical expenses linked to motor vehicle crashes in 2010 cost the equivalent of $500 for each licensed driver in Arizona as well as every licensed driver across the United States. The total cost was more than $99 billion. Private insurance companies paid about half of the amount while individual accident victims picked up about 26 percent of the cost.

Some doctors not heeding FDA warning about surgical tool

At some point in our lives, many of us face the prospect of having to undergo surgery. And while surgery covers a wide range of medical procedures, from minor to major, we should never lose track of the fact that surgical errors can cause serious and long lasting health issues. As such, we should take care to educate ourselves about any surgical treatment we receive.

Arizona woman facing murder charge in connection with accident

The Tucson Police Department announced that they located and detained an alleged hit-and-run driver involved with a Sept. 25 bicycle accident that killed a 58-year-old man. Police charged the accused driver, a 23-year-old woman, with multiple felony charges in connection with the incident that transpired near the intersection of Jacinto Street and Oracle Road.

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