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December 2017 Archives

New diagnostic guidelines for MS

Getting a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis from doctors in Oklahoma and around the country may take some time. There is not a single test for the condition, so it must be diagnosed by eliminating other possibilities and using a variety of criteria. It is also not unusual for MS to be misdiagnosed. The previous McDonald Criteria for the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis were from 2010, so an international board of 30 experts worked to revise the criteria based on new knowledge and research. A paper about the revision was published in "The Lancet Neurology" online on Dec. 21.

Study: Intersections can be less deadly with roundabouts

Both drivers and traffic engineers in Oklahoma and across the country have plenty to be concerned about when it comes to traffic intersections. When two or more roads come together and head off in different directions, the junction point can create a dangerous place as cars barrel towards each other in opposite directions, sometimes at elevated speeds. This means that intersections are often a place for fatal accidents or devastating injuries.

Truck drivers protest FMCSA logging device mandate

Independent truck drivers in Oklahoma and around the country have voiced concerns about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Electronic Logging Device mandate. The measure, which is scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 18, requires devices to be fitted to most commercial vehicles that log the amount of hours truck drivers spend behind the wheel. The FMCSA says that the mandate will reduce the number of hours of service violations and improve road safety, but truck drivers say that logging devices violate their privacy rights and allow the government to track them around the clock.

Survey: texting while driving a major roadway threat

Car accidents are always a concern when drivers in Oklahoma take to the road, especially with the threat of drunk, distracted or otherwise dangerous drivers. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous activities while behind the wheel as recognized by the overwhelming majority of survey recipients in a study conducted across the United States by Harris Poll. There are a number of threats to people on the roadway, and these can be escalated by changes such as marijuana legalization and the growing use of smartphones and 24/7 connectivity.

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