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Measuring recovery from a spinal cord injury

It may be easy for those who have suffered spinal cord injuries in Bozeman to believe that they are sentenced to a lifetime of confinement either in a bed or wheelchair. This comes from knowing that, despite the many advances made in medicine in recent years, no known treatment currently exists to repair damage done to the spinal column or cord. Yet that does not necessarily mean that one cannot see improvements in their own individual cases. 

Information shared by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center shows that the most common type of spinal cord injuries are incomplete tretra- and paraplegia. An incomplete spinal cord injury means that one still has some feeling below the area of the injury. Incomplete cases the most likely to allow for some degree of recovery. 

How many workplace traffic deaths occur every year?

Many things can go wrong in the workplace, but people who are employed in certain fields face a particularly dangerous environment on a daily basis. For example, those who have a job which involves a lot of driving may run the risk of being involved in an accident, even if they are an extremely cautious driver. Likewise, there are a number of ways in which things can go wrong on the road and people may find themselves in a traffic crash for a number of reasons. Whether they are hit by someone who is under the influence or they collide with another vehicle because of poor road conditions, jobs involving driving can be very dangerous. Sadly, many workers have passed away in these wrecks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25,000 workers lost their lives in job-related traffic crashes between 2003 and 2016. The CDC points out that even workers whose jobs do not revolve around driving face the risk of an accident on the road, even if they do not drive on a regular basis. Moreover, some workers pass away due to pedestrian accidents.

Exploding vape pens cause thousands of injuries and some deaths

One of the fastest growing products of recent years is the vape pen, or e-cigarette. These devices were marketed as safer than traditional cigarettes with little evidence to support the claim. In truth, there is still a lot of research needed to determine if the chemicals in e-cigarette vapor packs are safe.

Unfortunately, there is growing evidence that the devices themselves are not always safe. Between 2015 and 2017, there were some 2,000 incidents of exploding vape pens in the United States, according to one study. These incidents led to burn injuries and other injuries related to flying shrapnel. In some cases, exploding vape pen injuries have resulted in death. 

Mistakes after a car accident can damage your claim

Despite the increasing safety features in many new vehicles, you still have a good chance of being involved in a crash that could leave you injured. The hours and days following an accident can be critical to your recovery, but they can also be important to any insurance or civil claim you decide to make afterward.

After an accident, you want to give yourself every opportunity to protect yourself physically, financially and legally. Because the moments following an accident are often chaotic and confusing, it may help to know these points before you are in this situation.

The possible physical and monetary damage of a spinal cord injury

While some life-changing events can be wonderful, others can be completely devastating. For instance, if a person suffers a spinal cord injury, his or her life will change in a number of ways, and in most cases, those changes will come with a significant number of hardships as well.

If you have recently suffered a spinal cord injury, you may have many worries on your mind, ranging from your recovery to how you will afford the care you need. Unfortunately, these worries are not unwarranted because you will likely face a long road ahead as you learn to contend with the repercussions of your injury and face the expenses that come along with it.

The path to recovery from a traumatic brain injury

Unfortunately, some serious injuries can lead to long-term or permanent effects that do not allow a person to fully recover.

In particular, if you suffer a traumatic brain injury, you will likely have a hard time during recovery -- especially if your injury proves particularly severe. If this is the case for you, you have options to lessen your condition's financial toll.

Brain injury prevention month should be an all-year event

Although National Brain Injury Prevention Month only comes around again in March, awareness should be a year round campaign. Too many people suffer the consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which is a primary cause of death and disability nationwide.

Brain injuries are not only traumatic for the victim but also for their loved ones. Regardless of whether the brain injury is mild or severe, it can have long-term consequences. If you suffer from such an injury, initial symptoms might include irritability, headaches, problems focusing and concentrating. You might be tempted to decline a medical examination immediately after an accident if you do not feel badly injured, but early diagnosis of brain trauma allows for proper treatment.

Common household injuries can be deadly for kids

You've nurtured your child to trust by keeping him or her out of harm's way. But when you leave your child with a new daycare, babysitter or friend's house, you may worry whether your adventurous little one is being looked after closely.

These common household injuries can happen in an instant to children if an adult isn't watching - and when they happen to children, they're twice as dangerous.

Toxic e-cigarette flavoring causes cell inflammation

In recent years, evidence has suggested that smoking e-cigarettes long-term has harmful effects on the body.

A recent study supports these findings with evidence that popular liquid flavoring for e-cigarettes becomes toxic when heated and inhaled - especially in certain flavors.

4 Dangerous play structures for kids

When toy makers are most concerned with marketing "fun" and cutting costs of building materials, safety measures can easily be forgotten. Play structures for kids are no exception.

Instead of creating a great birthday bash for kids, these four types of recreational structures have had a history of becoming dangerous or even deadly.

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