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February 2015 Archives

The month of March is dedicated to cerebral palsy awareness

Parents hope their children grow up healthy, happy and able to find their place in the world. But this simple wish can become more complicated should a child suffer a life-altering birth injury. If an infant's brain does not receive enough oxygen during the pregnancy or birth, then that infant could ultimately suffer from cerebral palsy.

Whiplash injuries in Arizona

Whiplash is a neck injury that is commonly seen in people who are involved in head-on collisions or other auto accidents. The condition is often a combination of injuries that occurs in the cervical spine when the head is violently thrust forward and then suddenly jerked back or from side to side. Most people are unaware that they have suffered a whiplash injury at the accident scene because symptoms do not usually develop until 2 to 48 hours after the crash.

Motorcycle accidents and injuries

Arizona motorcycle riders might be interested in learning about the various causes of and injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents. Although the number of motorcycle accidents in the country decreased 6.4 percent from 2012 to 2013, and the number of motorcyclists injured decreased 5.4 percent for the same period, motorcyclists still have a 26-percent higher chance of dying in an accident than people riding in vehicles for each mile travelled. According to the NHTSA, 4,668 motorcyclists died in accidents in 2013, and 88,000 were injured. The reasons include an increased number of motorcycles on the road, motorcycles' crash worth, which is less than larger vehicles, as well as their smaller size, which makes it harder for pedestrian and other drivers to see motorcyclists on the road.

Anesthesia can affect your brain long after surgery

When we have to undergo surgery, we understand that there can be risks. Of particular concern in many operations is protecting the well-being of a patient's brain. The brain is susceptible to potential injury not only during procedures that involve the head directly, but any procedure that involves general anesthesia.

Doctors should be sure if a drug is right for a patient

When we are not feeling our best, we may seek relief through the use of prescription drugs. We often have high expectations that such drugs will fix our problems without complications. Perhaps these expectations are created by the many advertisements touting the amazing healing capacities of certain medications currently on the market.

Cellphone use and car accidents

Motorists in Arizona are exposed to the same risks of distracted driving as everywhere else in the country. Research shows that people frequently text, talk and email with their cellphones when behind the wheel, and this distraction is a significant cause of car accidents.

The dangers of driving on worn tires in Arizona

According to a recent study done by Consumer Reports, even if you're replacing your tires according to the manufacturer's suggestions, you may still not be replacing them often enough. Based on their comparison of a brand new set of tires and a set of tires that were halfway worn down, there was a fairly significant loss of traction in inclement weather with the worn tires.

Impaired driving accidents in Arizona

Recent statistics continue to suggest that alcohol use can drastically increase a driver's risk of becoming involved in a car accident. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation's 2013 statistics, there are 107,348 car accidents a year in Arizona. Of those accidents, 777 of them result in a fatality and 34,047 results in an injury. Alcohol impaired accidents account for about 10 percent of those accidents and 32 percent of the fatalities.

Younger doctors may not be experienced with measles

As many Arizona parents may know, measles are on the rise in several states including Arizona and California, and infection may result from exposure to travelers who were not vaccinated. Many younger physicians, according to a professor at the University of California in San Diego, have no experience with measles and may not recognize it.

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