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March 2016 Archives

Deep sleep may improve outcome after brain injury

Many Oklahoma residents are aware of the negative effects of traumatic brain injuries. In March, the National Football League acknowledged that there is a connection between frequent head injuries, like those experienced by many professional football players, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Though there are still many unanswered questions about TBIs, some scientists think that they have an idea how to treat them.

NHTSA announces automatic brakes deal with automakers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that automatic braking systems that experts say could save thousands of lives every year will be standard equipment on virtually all light vehicles sold in Oklahoma and around the country by 2022. The safety agency made the announcement in Virginia on March 18 after reaching a deal with auto manufacturers that produce virtually all of the cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans sold in America. The list of participating car makers includes Ford, General Motors, Chrysler Fiat, BMW, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is also supporting the initiative.

Report calls for more research into truck driver fatigue

Accidents involving buses or semi-tractor trailers kill or injure many Oklahoma road users every year, and many of these crashes are caused by fatigued truck drivers pushed by unforgiving schedules to the point of exhaustion. To reduce this type of accident, the federal government introduced strict regulations that set limits on how long commercial vehicle drivers can spend behind the wheel before resting, but these rules do little to tackle other causes of fatigue. A fatigued driver checklist was created by the Minnesota State Police to help their officers determine if truck and bus drivers were too tired to operate their vehicles correctly, but the list was subsequently ruled unconstitutional.

Brain connectivity after a TBI could explain cognitive loss

It is common for a traumatic brain injury to cause cognitive impairment, which has a negative impact on the quality of life of the estimated 1.7 million people who experience TBIs every year in the United States. Affected individuals and their families in Oklahoma might find interesting that University of Texas researchers have identified intricate brain connectivity during chronic stages of a TBI that could explain the long-term cognitive loss in patients.

Misdiagnosis of rare diseases

Oklahoma residents sometimes suffer from rare diseases. Unfortunately, doctors sometimes mistake the symptoms of a rare disease for other disorders and fail to diagnose them. This can result in the doctor providing the wrong treatment or delaying it, causing further injury to the patient.

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