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February 2014 Archives

Car crash more likely at some Rhode Island intersections

No matter where a person lives in Rhode Island, everyone can think of at least one intersection that seems more dangerous than the others do. This is the intersection where drivers are more likely to see a car crash than any other. Recently, the best data available was compiled to identify 60 (10 intersections per state) of the most dangerous intersections throughout six New England states.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Personality Changes

One of the most difficult areas when dealing with traumatic brain injury is the effect it has on the individuals personality and emotions. After a head injury, in addition to pain, headaches, dizziness and cognitive problems, there can also be changes in personality and emotions that can be temporary or permanent.

General Motors airbags may not deploy in car crash

Most Rhode Island readers know that General Motors Co. makes the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Pontiac G5. What they may not know is that GM is recalling nearly 800,000 Cobalt and G5 vehicles -- 619,122 of which were sold in the United States. Apparently, a defective key ignition switch could prevent the airbags from deploying in a car crash.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Couples/Relationships

Following traumatic brain injury, it is not uncommon for couples to have their relationship strained and changed dramatically because of the injury. The traumatic brain injury victim undergoes many significant changes including cognitive, emotionally, and physically. In addition, the significant other is affected by these changes in the victim.

New Rhode Island House bill could help prevent a car accident

There seems to be so many Rhode Island drivers who are doing something other than driving their car -- such as changing a radio station, eating or even texting on their phone. Being distracted means that the driver is not paying attention to what is going on either directly in front or around him or her, which could cause a car accident. Some people think there ought to be a law prohibiting certain distractions while driving.

Rhode Island car accident deaths spark new bridge safety measures

In the aftermath of two recent fatal head-on collisions, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) sparked renewed interest in making the Newport Pell Bridge safer for travelers. The two separate fatal accidents are believed to have been caused, in part, by the lack of a center or dividing median on the bridge. These future safety measures could lower a driver's odds of being in a car accident and thus prevent families from losing loved ones.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Returning To Activities

Once you have been diagnosed with a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury in addition to obtaining expert medical care with a neurologist, any recommended medication, neuropsychologist for testing and appropriate cognitive rehabilitation therapy per the neurologist and neuropsychologist, it is extremely important to get enough rest.

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