The National Institutes of Health is currently conducting a new study on a drug called tranexamic acid that may help improve the chances of recovery after a traumatic brain injury accident. The drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
As part of the study, at least 10 trauma centers throughout North America will participate by randomly assigning qualifying patients to one of three test groups. One group of patients will be given the drug once at the scene of the injury accident, such as a car crash or slip and fall, and then again at the hospital. The second group will receive the drug at the scene of the incident, followed by salt water once at the hospital. The third group will receive salt water both at the scene and at the hospital. Read the rest »
According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an estimated 232, 340 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2013 – approximately one diagnosis every two minutes. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness this October, the Grant Law Office, P.C. would like to encourage others to participate in any way possible. Breast cancer awareness campaigns may have become highly advertised – the Think Pink campaigns are particularly abundant – however, that does not mean that breast cancer is any less of a risk to both men and women.
To help keep the message clear, we’ve decided to dispel some of the most prevalent breast cancer myths:
Myth: Only women can get breast cancer.
While the percentage of men diagnosed with breast cancer is considerably less than women, men are still susceptible to breast cancer. Men and women should conduct a breast self-exam every month in order to check for any changes, such as lumps, puckering or swelling. Read the rest »
Small, high-powered magnets are regularly used in toys and games. These small magnets seem harmless enough, but they can do significant damage to a child if they are swallowed. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 3,000 children required emergency medical attention between the years 2009 and 2013 after swallowing magnets. When multiple magnets are swallowed, they can draw together with great force pinching and piercing parts of the gastrointestinal system. Read the rest »
A 59-year-old man was killed in a car accident when a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The Athens Banner-Herald, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Atlanta Highway near the Bogart Pantry convenience store. Officials believe the victim may have been talking on his cellphone when he tried to cross the road. An eastbound vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Statham woman struck him. She has not been charged for the crash.
It is unclear from the report if the victim of this tragic crash was talking on the phone or if his cellphone use is relevant to the crash. Investigators will have to determine why the driver was unable to avoid the collision and if the pedestrian carelessly stepped into traffic at an unsafe time and location.
A recent nationwide study conducted at The Ohio State University found that over 1,500 pedestrians were estimated to receive treatment for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking in the year 2010. This is a growing problem considering that only 256 people required emergency medical attention after being hurt walking while on the phone back in 2005. According to a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Buffalo, distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving. Read the rest »
One of the best ways to teach your child safe driving habits is to lead by example. Many parents, however, make the mistake of teaching their child that it is okay to drive while distracted by sending texts and making phone calls when behind the wheel. A new study shows some parents not only model poor behavior, but also are the cause of their child’s distraction.
According to a new study by Parallel Consulting, as reported in HealthDay, up to half of all teens talking on cellphones while driving are talking to their parents. This means that many parents are complicit in distracting their children. When your child calls you, or when you call your child, ask if he or she is behind the wheel. If your child is driving, simply call back later or have him or her pull over. Distracted driving is simply too dangerous, especially when the driver is young and inexperienced behind the wheel. Read the rest »
You may have dangerous products in your home right now that have been recalled because of the injuries and illnesses they may have caused. There are hundreds of products recalled every year and a new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that less that 5 percent of recalled products are returned or repaired. This means that the vast majority of consumers who have purchased hazardous products that have been recalled either don’t bother to act or are not aware that they are in danger.
The director of the advocacy group Kids in Danger has stated that most recalled products remain in consumer homes. A spokesperson with DailyFinance.com recommends consumers research their products on SaferProducts.gov before selling them online or in a yard sale. It is especially important if the products you regularly use with your children have been recalled. Read the rest »
If you have sustained significant losses because of mistakes made by a medical professional, you may want to research your legal options. Victims of egregious errors and negligence can file a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault party. Experiencing an undesirable outcome from medical treatment is not, however, enough to win a malpractice claim. You will have to prove your case.
All healthcare providers have a legal duty to provide care that meets professional standards. In order to have a successful malpractice case, you will need to prove that the doctor did not meet the required standard of care. Read the rest »
When there are numerous reported problems with a particular motor vehicle, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may conduct a defect investigation. If it is clear that consumers are in danger because a part of the vehicle was poorly designed or assembled, the NHTSA may administer a safety recall. In recent years, there have been many recalls involving faulty tires, defective brakes and poorly designed child safety seats. Hyundai Motor Co. is one of the most recent automakers that have issued a major recall because of serious safety concerns.
The NHTSA reports that Sonata cars from model years 2011 to 2014 have a transmission-shift cable that can detach from the shift-lever pin. When this happens, the gear selection may not match the indicated gear causing the car to move in an unexpected direction. As a result of this defect, Reuters reports that Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata mid-sized sedans in the United States and in Puerto Rico. A spokesman for the company has stated that there have been no reported accidents, injuries or fatalities resulting from the defect. Read the rest »
A 42-year-old man was killed in an Atlanta car accident when another vehicle turned in front of his motorcycle. According to a news report in The Examiner, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Richard D. Sailors Parkway near New Macland Road in Powder Springs. Officials say the motorcyclist had a green light as he was traveling west on his 2010 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle when an eastbound 2012 GMC Acadia turned left in front of him. The motorcycle struck the GMC resulting in fatal injuries to the Mableton man. The authorities say that the 39-year-old driver from Lithia Springs will face charges for the crash. Read the rest »
If you own a Scott or Trek bicycle, you may want to research if it is one of the many bikes recently recalled for crash hazards. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the SR Suntour forks on model year 2011 through 2013 Scott and Trek bicycles can break unexpectedly. About 5,200 forks on Scott bicycles and 120,000 forks on Trek bicycles are included in the recall. Officials say Scott received one report of a broken SR Suntour fork and Trek received 28 reports. At this time, five injuries have been reported related to the defect including bone fractures, a separated shoulder and multiple bruises.
Anyone who owns one of the thousands of recalled bikes should stop using them right away. Consumers would be well advised to take these defective bicycles to an authorized Scott or Trek dealer for a free repair or replacement. Some of the Scott bicycles included in the recall include the Sportster 10, 25, 30, 55, X30, X40 and X50. The Trek bicycles recalled include, but are not limited to, the 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 and 8.6 DS models as well as the Cali, Marlin, Montare, Neko SL, Utopia and Wahoo. Read the rest »