Traumatic brain injuries can have devastating consequences for victims. Each year, thousands of people suffer severe brain injuries in Los Angeles - for many of them, the residual effects of an injury will last a lifetime.
Last week, we posted the beginning of the Emergency Care Research Institute's (ECRI) list of the 10 most dangerous technology-related hazards in American hospitals. This post presents the rest of those risks, picking up with the fourth concern.
Earlier this week, NFL quarterback Michael Vick suffered a "pretty significant" concussion, in the words of Eagles coach Andy Reid. Despite Vick's importance to the team, he will apparently sit out next week's game to allow his brain time to recover instead of risking further damage.
While technological advances have touched all aspects of human life, the impact has been particularly profound in the world of healthcare. Improved devices and procedures have dramatically extended life spans and made it much safer to seek treatment at hospitals in California and around the United States.
Just as the nation passed out of the incubation period in which experts expected all new cases of fungal meningitis to develop, reports are surfacing of new medical problems for meningitis victims. These "secondary infections" are puzzling health officials.
After a fire at a California group home killed two residents and left a third hospitalized, authorities arrested a fourth resident. They believe this resident might have intentionally started the fire.
Last month, a horrific truck crash killed a California family. According to a new wrongful death lawsuit, this tragedy may have resulted from a violation of federal trucking safety rules. Driver fatigue is involved in many dangerous crashes on California roads and around the country.
Less than a week after we last covered the national fungal meningitis outbreak, the death roll has risen to from 19 to 23 people and more than 300 other victims are sick from the contaminated steroids. Our recent post on the outbreak discussed how a sterilization failure could have contaminated the products and new information suggests that this may have indeed played a role.
California communities are participating in National Teen Driver Safety Week. The campaign, which runs through the end of this weekend, aims to highlight the surprisingly high rates of dangerous crashes that involve teenage drivers. This week offers a good opportunity to look at some teen driving statistics.
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