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Mild TBI may impact cognitive function

Brain trauma often causes serious and life-changing injuries for victims. Those who have been injured in an accident involving a blow to the head may suffer from permanent problems including loss of cognitive ability, physical disabilities and other issues. Phoenix accident victims who suffer a head injury may spend the rest of their lives fighting these problems. Now, a new study shows one reason why brain injuries may be so devastating.

Precautions can help prevent brain injuries

The brain serves to interpret all the information we receive and to give us instructions on how to respond to that information. It is the brain that dictates behavior and allows a person to interact with the rest of the world. A brain injury of severe magnitude could leave someone unable to function without permanent assistance.

Risks of lung cancer screenings

Arizona residents may be interested in how some physicians have become more hesitant to screen smokers for lung cancer. A study published in 2011 revealed that spiral CT scans may have the ability to help lower the rate of lung cancer fatalities by 20 percent. As of February 2015, smokers aged 55 to 77 who averaged a pack a day for at least three decades may be qualified to receive an annual screening test for lung cancer, free of charge.

Arizona car accidents and what to do

When people are involved in a car accident, they may be so traumatized that it is difficult for them to think about what to do. It is very important that people take certain steps after an accident in order to protect themselves and to preserve their claim against the negligent driver who caused it.

Fatal accident at Disney World's speedway

A man has died after an auto accident at Walt Disney World Speedway, which is an attraction visited by people from as far away as Arizona and Alaska. According to Florida police, a 36-year-old man was the passenger who was pronounced dead at the scene. The 24-year-old driver suffered only minor injuries and was taken to Celebration Hospital before being released.

Tips for driving in wet weather

Spring rains bring wet weather to Arizona and the rest of the country. The American Auto Association reports that 1.2 million crashes each year are caused by rainy weather. The most important rule for driving on a wet road is to stay alert at all times. There are several other good ways to avoid accidents.

Doctors must address possible kidney transplant complications

We are at a point in medical history where organ transplants have become common place. Countless lives have been saved because doctors can replace organs that have been damaged or are failing to function. But in order to perform an organ transplant, it is critical that a sufficient standard of care be applied by medical professionals

Illegal street racing's impact on car accidents

Illegal street racing places individuals in Arizona and across the country at risk of personal injury. Law enforcement is cracking down on this unlawful activity for the protection of all individuals. Offenders face serious consequences like confiscation of their vehicles, heavy fines, loss of their driver's licenses and the possibility of arrest.

Verdict awards family of child injured by medication error

When an infant is checked into a hospital for care, parents are trusting that their child will receive good care. Doctors must be able to accurately diagnose an infant's symptoms so as to issue safe and effective treatment. In regard to prescribing medication, the doctor must determine which medicine will best help the child. But it is also important that the medication be given to the child in the proper dosage. A medication error involving an infant could lead to tragic results.Recently, a jury in a Colorado court reached a verdict awarding a family $17.8 million based on a lawsuit filed against a children's hospital. According to the family's attorneys, the medical malpractice case involved the assertion that in 2008, the hospital's staff administered an incorrect dosage of medication prior to the child entering surgery. The child was only four days old at the time.The medication, which had been prescribed by doctors, caused the child to go into cardiac arrest while in the surgical arena. As a result, the attorneys wrote that the child suffered a brain injury leading to cerebral palsy. The child is now 7 years of age and the attorneys state she suffers from disabilities and requires care for the remainder of her life.Medication errors can have tragic consequences. Small children can be especially vulnerable to serious injuries because they have no way to clearly communicate they are experiencing side effects.If you believe your child has suffered harm due to a medication error on behalf of a doctor or other medical professional, contacting an Arizona medical malpractice attorney could be your first step toward having the matter properly addressed.

Serious injuries often occur along with sternum fractures

Arizona residents who have been in motor vehicle accidents in which they were not wearing seat belts or were in a vehicle that did not have air bags may have suffered from a sternum fracture. Also known as a breastbone fracture, this injury most commonly occurs in a car accident when the victim hits the steering wheel or dashboard. It is most common in adults over the age of 50 and women are more prone to suffer this type of injury than are men.

Long-term effects of brain injuries in Arizona

A recent study, done by researchers at Imperial College London, indicates that brain injuries may result in lasting and subsequent damage to the brain. Researchers looked at brain scans of people who had suffered traumatic brain injuries ranging from a month to 46 years after the injury took place, and these scans were compared to scans of individuals who had healthy brains.

Birth injuries can be caused by mother?s use of antidepressants

Even with the knowledge and technology available to today's doctors, emergencies can still occur during the delivery of a baby. Doctors and their teams must be ready to act at a moment's notice should an infant become in danger of suffering a birth injuryy. Hopefully, any possible dangers to a baby's health and well-being will be properly responded to.

Risky driving behavior of teenage drivers

Recent studies show that Arizona teenagers can be made aware of the risks posed by distracted driving. A study by Oregon State University shows that 40 percent of teens polled text while driving, which is a decrease from previous studies. Overall, however, a considerable number of young drivers have admitted to multitasking while behind the wheel.

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