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Using her mind, paralyzed woman pilots flight simulator

Much of the research going on regarding quadriplegia and paraplegia is studying how technology and the human body can work together to overcome the effects of a spinal cord injury. Some of that research is trying to help restore movement and sensation in the body. Other scientists are bypassing the body entirely, and trying to create a reliable connection between machines and the human mind.

A dramatic example of this is the story of a paralyzed woman who recently controlled a flight simulator using her thoughts -- with the help of electrodes implanted in her brain.

A smartwatch may distract drivers even more than a smartphone

The Apple Watch Edition, the latest buzz worthy product Apple, is just around the corner. Tech geeks will be sure to snap up this smartphone-on-the-wrist as soon as they are available.

Note that we just compared the smartwatch to a smartphone. It appears that smartwatches will have many of the same features as smartphones -- and the same ability to cause distracted driving, if not more so.

2 killed in another Los Angeles street race accident

Last month, we shared the tragic story of two siblings who were killed after they were hit by a car going the wrong way on the Pacific Coast Highway. Police suspected the wrong-way vehicle was participating in a street race with a pickup truck.

Despite the grave dangers illegal drag races pose to the public, people in Los Angeles continue to support this activity. Street races have apparently broken through to the mainstream, complete with a reality show on Discovery Channel called “Street Outlaws.”

Facts about TBI for Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, led by the Brain Injury Association of America. It is a good time to learn more about how much brain trauma affects our society.

According to the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF), U.S. emergency rooms treat approximately 1.5 million head injuries each year. These TBIs are often fatal, with about 52,000 deaths due to brain trauma annually.

Is Uber reducing drunk driving?

Uber, the smartphone-based ride service, has faced legal accusations, including a wrongful death lawsuit involving the death of a child pedestrian. Perhaps in an attempt to counteract this bad press, the company says that it is responsible for dropping drunk driving rates in the cities where its drivers operate.

The company collaborated on a survey with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to back up its claims. The survey polled 807 adults in the largest U.S. cities with Uber drivers. The survey suggested that people in those cities were less likely to drink and drive now that getting an Uber cab is now an option.

Health club for those with spinal cord injuries produces results

Recovering from a spinal cord injury can be a lifelong pursuit. Many victims were very physically active before their accident, and adjusting to life with a serious disability can be difficult. Almost anybody with a spinal injury will want to regain as much of their lost motion and sensation as possible.

Physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation can help, but what about those who want to build up their muscles as much as possible? Few, if any, fitness centers in Los Angeles cater specifically to those with paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Could snarkiness help with traffic safety?

One thing that can lead to car accidents is when drivers fail to obey the rules of the road. One of the things states and municipalities often do to try to prevent drivers from engaging in conduct which breaks traffic safety rules is put out road signs informing and reminding drivers of these rules.

Of course, for such signs to have a traffic safety impact, drivers have to actually be paying attention to them. One concern some have is that many drivers may be visually tuning out traditional traffic safety signs and thus not letting the message of such signs sink in. These sorts of concerns have led one city here in California to try spicing up its traffic safety signs. 

Los Angeles siblings killed in accident with possible drag racer

Street racing may be one of the most irresponsible things a person can do. It is impossible to turn a public road into your own personal "€œracetrack."€ No matter what time of day you are racing, an innocent party may come along, unaware that their right to use the road without encountering a drag race is being violated.

Obviously, someone who is trying to win a race is not watching out for other vehicles and is going very fast. It is unlikely that the racer will be able to stop in time to avoid a crash.

Drunk driving crashes spike in Los Angeles on Super Bowl Sunday

New Years Eve is behind us, and it may seem like holidays associated with drinking and driving are over for awhile. But yet another drinking holiday is coming up this Sunday.

Yes, it is almost time for the Super Bowl. Attending a party for the NFL championship is so ubiquitous that Super Bowl Sunday has become a de facto American holiday. And drinking in front of the television is one of the Super Bowl’s most common rituals.

Disfiguring injuries can cause intense emotional pain

Some car accident injuries are invisible to the naked eye, but nevertheless cause permanent disability. Others are only skin deep, but affect the victim in dramatic, life-altering ways.

People who have no significant scars or disfigurements may think that those who sustained these types of injuries in a crash got off easy. And it is true that a disfigurement may not affect your memory or ability to walk as other injuries do.