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Blood-Brain Barrier Leaks After Traumatic Head Injury

A motor vehicle accident can result in some form of traumatic head injury from concussions to life-changing events. However, a new study suggests that damage to the protective layer surrounding the brain can happen even without suffering a concussion. The study was conducted using adult and adolescent athletes and published recently in the Journal of Neurotrauma. The study, by researchers at Ben-Gurion Hospital, Stanford University, and Dublin’s Trinity College, showed damage to the blood-brain barrier that occurred even with a mild TBI. The main job of the blood-brain barrier is to keep infectious agents and toxins out of the brain. Damage to this area could increase the risk of toxins and pathogens entering the brain. 

NHTSA Asked to Investigate Telsa Sudden Acceleration

Numerous complaints about problems with sudden acceleration in Tesla vehicles have been sent to the National Highway Traffic Administration, asking the agency to investigate the issue. The petition sent to the NHTSA numbers 500,000 complaints of incidents of sudden acceleration when the driver is attempting to park at the curb or in a garage. Other complaints claim the Tesla suddenly accelerated in traffic or while using the system for driver assistance, which caused crashes.

New Traffic Laws in California for 2020

Now that 2020 is upon us, Sacramento residents, as well as other Californians, need to pay attention to new laws that are in effect. These laws deal with everything from drivers licenses to who is allowed in the HOV lane. It’s important to be aware of the changes because saying you didn’t know about the laws won’t help if you are pulled over. Let’s take a look at the new laws that will have an effect on you starting now.

California Motorcycle Events in January 2020

Calling all motorcyclists in the state of California! The new year brings new adventures, new challenges, and endless new journeys, and this is especially the case for motorcyclists. In just the first month of the new year, there are poker runs, general rides, bike nights, and motorcycle races taking place all throughout California. Whether it’s been a while since you rode your bike or whether you just got off it this morning, you owe it to yourself to find time for some of the upcoming January 2020 motorcycle events in California.

Impaired Driving a Problem During the Holidays

The holiday impaired driving crackdown conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in 2019 ended up with 271 arrests. It encompassed a 30-hour enforcement period, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Every two hours, around 25 motorists were arrested by CHP officers for either being intoxicated or high. During the crackdown, all the available officers are deployed to help drivers and enhance enforcement. Although the period of enhanced enforcement was short compared to the previous three years, it still showed an increase in arrests and fatalities as compared to the period around the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Microbubbles Can Treat a Brain Injury

Recently, a research paper was published showing how microbubbles might be used to treat a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are numerous mechanisms that may lead to a TBI including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, physical assaults, and even professional sports. A serious head injury may cause long-term impacts on someone’s memory, motor function, sensory perception, and cognitive abilities. Even a seemingly minor blow to the head may lead to significant complications.

The Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy After Femur Fracture Surgery

Acupuncture therapy may be able to help people recover from serious broken bones, including femur fractures requiring surgery. Two separate investigations have taken a look at the potential of acupuncture therapy and its ability to aid someone’s recovery following broken bone surgery. Medical scientists have found that acupuncture can play a significant role in restoring mobility and controlling pain, including both acute and chronic.

Improving Sleep When You Have Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can adversely impact someone’s sleep quality. Medical research has discovered that barriers to sleep and chronic pain go hand in hand. Statistics have shown that about three-quarters of people who suffer from chronic pain also have issues either falling or staying asleep at night. If someone is unable to obtain restful sleep at night, this will lead to problems functioning during the day as well. Those who are unable to sleep through the night often wake up feeling groggy, tired, and irritable.

Green Light Has the Potential to Alleviate Pain

A new study shows that green light may be able to help people who live with chronic pain. Currently, the first-line treatment for chronic pain often involves opioids and narcotics. These medications are addictive and can lead to dangerous side effects, some of which can be deadly. For this reason, medical experts have been looking for alternatives to prescription medications that can help those living in daily discomfort.

Texting is the New Drunk Driving 

A recent article showed that texting might lead to an unprecedented number of head and neck injuries every year. This has led some people to view it as “texting is the new driving under the influence.” Over the past few decades, there has been a tremendous amount of attention paid to the dangers created by driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, another threat seems to be on the rise.