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November 2017 Archives

Saliva test could diagnose concussions in children

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries caused by a blow or jolt to the head. They are usually not life-threatening, and they don't always result in loss of consciousness, as some believe, but their symptoms can be severe: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blurry vision, and even memory problems. They cannot be discovered through MRI and CT scans and are thus hard to diagnose. Residents of West Virginia should know, however, that there is one way that it might be effectively diagnosed.

Legs, feet most likely to be injured in motorcycle crash

While some motorcycle riders in West Virginia place a large emphasis on protecting their head with a helmet, these riders may be missing a crucial area of the body that is in need of protection. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 30 percent of all nonfatal motorcycle injuries occur to the lower extremities: Legs and feet.

NHTSA to review autonomous vehicle regulations

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in a report released on Oct. 27 that it is looking for ways to reduce the regulatory hurdles faced by companies developing self-driving cars. Road safety groups believe that fully autonomous vehicles could virtually eliminate road deaths in West Virginia and around the country and several federal agencies, including NHTSA, launched a Road to Zero campaign in October 2016 that hopes to reach this milestone within 30 years.

Smartphones may be causing more fatal accidents

West Virginia drivers may be at greater risk of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident than in previous years. The past two years have shown a sharp increase in traffic fatalities after years of decline, and some experts believe that the increasing use of smartphones could be responsible.

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