Traffic Laws Have a Direct Impact on Road Safety

Traffic Laws Have a Direct Impact on Road Safety

One of the cornerstones of civilized society, laws keep anarchy in check by establishing guidelines for what people can and cannot do. Outlining acceptable behavior contributes to a cohesive society and promotes public welfare. Legislation is a key player in traffic safety, yet a recent report reveals that more than 375 laws are needed across the U.S. in order to address the country’s piecemeal safety agenda. Published by the...
Can a TBI Cause Dementia?

Can a TBI Cause Dementia?

The brain is a fascinating structure, the complexities of which science continues to explore. “The boss of the body,” it’s the control center for thinking, emotions, perception, learning, language, remembering, and more. Damage to this essential organ can result in an assortment of physical and psychological problems. When a sudden bump, blow, or jolt to the head disrupts the brain’s functions, it is defined by the Centers for Disease...
Workplace Injuries Cost Businesses More Than $1 Billion a Week

Workplace Injuries Cost Businesses More Than $1 Billion a Week

The nugget of wisdom from Benjamin Franklin that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is applicable to a wide range of situations. When it comes to the workplace, there’s little doubt that investing more effort upfront would be a worthwhile and less expensive option for employers. The Liberty Mutual Research Institute recently concluded that serious, nonfatal workplace injuries annually amount to $59.87 billion in workers’...
Concussions Can Affect Driving Performance Even After Symptoms are Gone

Concussions Can Affect Driving Performance Even After Symptoms are Gone

The prevalence and consequences of concussions in professional American football have been all over the news in recent months. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed, alleging that the NFL knew about the risks of repeated concussions but hid that knowledge in order to get players back on the field faster. Currently, a settlement has been approved that could result in the NFL paying $1 billion over 65 years. Athletes...
March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

If you have good vision, it’s likely you take your eyes for granted. Unless it’s compromised in some way, most of us don’t spend much time thinking about how amazing sight is. The human eye can distinguish between approximately 10 million colors, for example. It can also detect depth, as well as variations in light. These fascinating organs are also incredibly vulnerable, as evidenced by the body’s reflexive defensive...
When is a Dog Bite the Owner’s Fault?

When is a Dog Bite the Owner’s Fault?

Dog lovers have a favorite saying: There’s no such thing as a bad dog, just a bad dog owner. Whether this saying is entirely accurate might be up for debate, but the underlying message is reflected in several anecdotes about rescue dogs and studies about canine behavior. The burden of responsibility on a dog owner is also reflected in our laws. If a dog bites someone or causes someone...
When Intubation Goes Wrong

When Intubation Goes Wrong

When a patient has difficulty breathing or undergoes certain surgical procedures, they will be intubated. Intubation is when a tube is inserted into a patient’s airway. Often, the procedure is successful and there are no complications. However, in some cases, the intubation process comes with disastrous results for patients. Intubations can go wrong for several reasons, one of which is inexperience or negligence on the part of a medical...
U.S. Roads are “in Crisis”

U.S. Roads are “in Crisis”

The situation on our roads is becoming dire. Last year, statistics showed that traffic deaths had increased by 8 percent nationwide. That was the largest increase in 50 years. This year, we found out that 2016 also saw a steep increase, roughly 6 percent greater than the previous year. For the first time since the Great Recession, traffic deaths topped 40,000. Explaining this increase isn’t easy. From the perspective...
When Surgeons Leave Something Behind

When Surgeons Leave Something Behind

You’ve probably heard the phrases “leaving something behind” or “putting yourself into your work,” right? These phrases suggest going the extra mile, and they’re something that many of us strive to do in our personal and professional lives. The phrase takes an odd twist, however, if you work in surgery and the thing you’re leaving behind is a surgical instrument inside your patient’s body. It sounds like something that...
Crosswalks: A Deadly Phenomenon

Crosswalks: A Deadly Phenomenon

As many Georgians can proudly tell you, epic novel “Gone with the Wind” vividly recounts Southern plantation life in Clayton and Fulton counties during the 1860s. Not quite as many people know that the book’s author, Margaret Mitchell, died at the age of 48 while crossing Peachtree Street at 13th Street in Atlanta. The speeding driver who hit her was allegedly drunk and was eventually convicted of involuntary manslaughter....