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August 2015 Archives

Drowsy driving could be as risky as driving drunk

Long stretches of lonely highway in Oklahoma make it easy for a driver to get tired. Certain risk factors enhance the chance of someone falling asleep behind the wheel, and drivers who lose awareness of the road pose similar accident risks as those who have been drinking alcohol.

Former university football player files lawsuit for concussions

Oklahoma football fans may be interested to learn that, on Aug. 13, it was announced that a former safety who played for the University of California, Berkeley, has sued the school. The former player, who was active between 2004 and 2008, claimed that the school did not warn him about potential long-term impacts of concussions.

Brain injury outcomes may become easier to forecast

Residents of Oklahoma may have heard about a new blood test that may predict the extent of a brain injury and the time needed for recuperation. Currently, brain trauma is diagnosed in the emergency room through CT scans or the victim's symptoms that may result in a worsening of the condition after being released by the physician.

Possible tools to aid in investigation of surgical errors

As concern over surgical errors and fear that hospitals and medical personnel are not disclosing the errors that occur continues to grow, there are a few tools being considered as a way to have a record of what goes on during a surgery, including tracking the actions of the surgeon. Oklahoma residents who might need to undergo a surgical procedure might find it interesting to learn about these tools and how they might be used to research any error that might lead to a harmful outcome.

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