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Mild brain injury may trigger dementia in older victims

We all fear developing some form of dementia when we get older. Alzheimer’s disease and similar conditions can rob us of the golden years we hope to enjoy, by taking away our memory, cognition and ability to live independently.

Though researchers around the world are looking for ways to treat or cure dementia, there is still a great deal we don’t know about these neurological disorders. However, a new study suggests that head trauma, even a relatively mild one, can raise the chances that a senior citizen develops dementia.

Keeping abreast of unique distracted driving cases

There are many laws that dictate how Los Angeles drivers should act on our roadways. These are put in place to keep everyone on and around the road safe. Readers can easily list off the most commonly known laws related to speeding, seat belt use and obeying traffic signs, but they may not be aware of a multitude of other laws that work to keep us safe.

For example, most states have outdoor signage rules. These are put in place so that outdoor advertisements do not pose a risk to drivers by distracting them from their driving duties. A recent incident that happened in another country is a shining example of why these types of rules are necessary.

Los Angeles donut shop the scene of a fatal SUV accident

The road is not the only place where victims can get hurt by a motor vehicle. Crashes sometimes happen in parking lots, on sidewalks -- and even inside buildings, on occasion.

Any time a driver causes a wreck, there is a good chance someone else gets injured. This is certainly the case when people are inside a public building, such as a business. No one inside is likely expecting or prepared for the possibility of a car or truck suddenly crashing through the wall.

UCLA study finds that marijuana helps patients survive a TBI

Medical marijuana is legal in California, but the idea that the drug has medicinal benefits remains fairly controversial. Despite this, many seriously ill people have reported substantial health benefits from consuming marijuana.

A study from UCLA may add brain injury to the list of conditions that marijuana can treat. Researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute say that having THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in your body when you suffer a traumatic head injury may help you survive.

Chemical, electric therapy for spinal injuries promising in rats

New scientific findings could someday lead to improved treatment options for people in Los Angeles who have sustained a spinal cord injury. Researchers in Switzerland say they have found a way to allow rats with severe spinal cord injuries walk again.

The research team’s new discoveries build on their 2012 study, which focused on rats they gave partially severed spines, simulating a common form of spinal injury in humans. At that time, the scientists used a combination of chemical and electrical neuron stimulation that allowed the rats to use their limbs again.

Street racing SUV causes car accident, injures 3

When a personal injury victim seeks compensation from the person who caused his or her injuries, the victim need not prove that the defendant did so on purpose. In personal injury litigation in California, the plaintiff must show that the defendant was negligent. Intent is generally not a factor.

Negligence can take many forms, especially on the road. A road can be poorly maintained, or a driver can create a dangerous situation and, without necessarily meaning to, allow serious harm to come to other people.

Motorcycle crashes can cause spinal injury to riders

Even when a motorcycle rider wears a helmet and all the rest of the protective gear that experts recommend, they are vulnerable to serious injury from a collision with a larger vehicle. Just about any part of the human can and has been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles at some point.

Of all the injuries that riders experience, perhaps the most serious type is injury to the spine. Spinal cord injuries can cause long-term disabilities ranging from back pain to paralysis, which we discussed in some detail in our Aug. 19 blog post.

Do brain injuries affect minorities more?

Sustaining a brain injury in a car accident can be very serious for anyone, no matter their skin color or ethnicity. However, a recent scientific study suggests that a victim’s ability to recover from traumatic brain injury (TBI) may depend on his or ethnicity.

Researchers at the Kessler Foundation published a study urging that studies of brain injury consequences and treatments be done with cultural diversity in mind. The authors noted that previous studies have shown that ethnic minorities tend to have symptoms for longer, and suffer worse long-term outcomes.

California Highway Patrol: 2,995 car accident deaths in 2012

A report by the California Highway Patrol says that exactly 2,995 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2012. Each of these people had their own individual lives. They likely had families, friends, hopes and dreams. Some of them were the victims of a reckless or negligent driver. Others may have been at least partially responsible for the accident.

Though may seem impersonal to look at these 2,995 fatalities as a set of statistics instead of lives lost, reports like the CHP’s 2012 annual report of car accidents involving injury and death may shed some insight on how these sorts of wrecks occur.

Quadriplegia-related injuries have dramatic impact on victims

A spinal cord injury can be devastating. Depending on where on the spine the injury happens, the victim could be left paralyzed from the waist down, or be paralyzed in all four limbs. This latter condition is known as quadriplegia.

Quadriplegia is known as tetraplegia in Europe. According to Disabled World, it is caused by an injury to the brain or the first seven bones of the spine. Damage to these body parts can cause a secondary injury to the spinal cord, which doctors call a "lesion." The lesion can cause the victim's limbs to have limited to no movement.

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