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Safety tips for new motorcyclists

Heading out on the open road on the freedom of a motorcycle is a dream for many people. If you are just now realizing that dream, you should make sure that you are ready before your tires hit the pavement. Following these safety tips can help you stay as safe as possible.

One important consideration for all new riders is to make sure that you don't try to rush your first trip on the open roads. You have to make sure that you understand everything about the motorcycle you are riding and how to operate it properly. That might seem like a no-brainer, but many motorcyclists are in such a hurry to play with their new toy that they don't make sure they know how to properly use it.

Prepare yourself for safe driving in Ohio this coming autumn

Do not let the warm weather fool you. Autumn will be here before you know it and will bring its unique set of car accident risks to Ohio motorists. After the lazy days of summer have come to an end, the volume of car accidents may rise in some locations. Begin reminding yourself now about what you may encounter as you take to the streets and go about your business.

Most people enjoy autumn. The chilly weather, the beautiful foliage and the sense of the approaching holiday season often evoke a sense of well-being. Some people also enjoy driving during this time to take in the beautiful Ohio vistas before winter arrives. In order to make your excursions as safe as possible, here are a few road dangers that may not exist during the other three seasons.

Special procedure could help spinal cord injury patients

One of the biggest issues that spinal cord injury patients face is the loss of hope that they will ever be able to live life fully again. That thought is very hard for them to live with. It is also what is prompting some patients to partcipate in a study being done at 22 hospitals in the United States and Canada.

The study involves a procedure that takes bone from the back of the spinal column and implants it into a cavity make along the spinal cord. The surgical procedure removes a portion of the dura, which surrounds the spinal cord. The pocket that remains is where the implant is placed. The implant is called a neuro-spinal scaffold.

What are the top reasons spinal cord injuries occur?

Spinal cord injuries are often catastrophic and can happen in many different ways. However, as with most injuries, some of the reasons people incur spinal cord injuries are more common than others. Before learning about what circumstances can lead to such injuries, you should understand the medical causes of a spinal cord injury.

There are two main kinds of spinal cord injuries, complete and incomplete. A complete injury means the patient will lose all sensation as well as the ability to move below where the injury occurred. As you may have guessed, an incomplete injury will leave some degree of movement and sensation below where the injury occurred. The medical causes of these injuries include bruising, partial tears and complete tears to the spinal cord.

Common reasons Ohio motorcycle accidents happen

Riding a motorcycle through the beautiful vistas of Ohio is a favorite pastime for many residents. However, a simple Sunday afternoon ride can take a tragic turn if a motorcycle accident should occur. Even the most experienced motorcyclist cannot always anticipate where danger lurks and the consequences of a collision can impact his or her life forever. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:

-- Broken bones

Researchers make headway in brain injury research

One of the keys to treating brain injuries is being able to start the necessary treatments as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Researchers at Brown University have recently discovered some information that really hits this point home.

The researchers built a device to compress neurons. That enabled them to be able to watch for changes in the structure of the cells. They discovered that there is a window of around six hours between a compression event that causes a traumatic brain injury and the time when the structural damage is irreparable. If therapeutic interventions are started during this window, there is a chance that the damage done to the brain cells could be minimized.

Are you familiar with critical events that cause truck accidents?

As a driver of a passenger vehicle, you know that sharing the road with trucks is something you cannot avoid. No matter where you are driving, including in the city or on the highway, there will always be trucks in close proximity.

While most truckers do whatever they can to avoid trouble, some are reckless to the point of being dangerous. Even if you do your best to keep your distance, there is a chance that a trucker's poor decision could lead you to being involved in a serious and sometimes fatal accident.

Police officers need to be aware of brain injuries

Police officers face risks with each shift they work. What some police officers might not realize is that not all of the hazards they face on the job come from people who are out to harm them. Brain injuries are one of the risks that many officers may suffer and not even realize it.

Law enforcement officers who work near explosives are at an increased risk of suffering from blast-related traumatic brain injuries. These injuries are caused by the shockwaves that occur with the blast.

Is long term treatment necessary for a spine injury?

If you suffer any type of spinal trauma, it's essential to receive immediate treatment. This will go a long way in stabilizing your situation and giving you the best chance at a full recovery.

However, as you know, a spinal cord injury is one of the most dangerous. This can have an impact on many parts of your body. For this reason, it's possible that you will require treatment well into the future.

Race car drivers pay attention to brain injury risks

Thinking of athletes who are likely to suffer from head injuries, you are probably going to think about football players and other contact sports. Your mind might not automatically think about race car drivers; however, these drivers face some very real risks when they get on the track.

Historically, race car drivers, in particular NASCAR drivers, put their health on the back burner in favor of trying to win every race. Back in the day, drivers had to complete in every race if they were going to receive appearance money that came with being eligible for the championship. The dream of being eligible and the promise of appearance money led some drivers to race even when they knew they shouldn't.

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