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The Vulnerably Housed and Homeless Suffer Increased Risk of TBI

Typically, traumatic brain injury (TBI) coverage focuses on those involved in contact sports and on military veterans. However, TBI also seriously affects vulnerably housed individuals and the homeless. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation recently featured a study arguing that the homeless who suffer TBI have a strong, negative impact on public expenses. Homeless and unsafely housed individuals... 

In 12 Months, VA’s Disability Claims Backlog Falls 44 Percent

In recent years, deserving U.S. veterans have had to endure lengthy waits for their disability benefits. Each case needs to be examined at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and a massive backlog of applications made the process tortuously slow. Some new applicants near major cities waited well over a year when the backlog was at its worst. Thankfully, the VA has implemented several new policies... 

Alleged Drunk Driver Crashed Into Kalamazoo Home

A house in Kalamazoo sustained considerable damage after an alleged drunk driver crashed into it and then left the scene, resulting in a search for the suspect and his eventual arrest. The house is located on West Michigan Avenue near the campus of Western Michigan University. In addition to the damage to the house, power lines were also knocked down by the crash. Authorities inspected the home before... 

Families Call for Prosecution of Execs in GM Ignition Switch Deaths

General Motors (GM) has recalled millions of vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches that may shut the engine off during driving, which in turn may prevent the airbags from inflating in the event of a collision. GM itself has linked 31 crashes and 13 deaths to the malfunction. Multiple ongoing investigations, including a federal criminal probe, are asking whether the company intentionally concealed... 

Study Shows Teenage Brain Injuries Have Lasting Negative Effects

The specific long-lasting effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) – whether due to accidents, high-impact sports or other causes – are difficult to pin down. From concussion-related lawsuits brought against the National Football League, specialists know that TBI is often correlated with depression, dementia and cognitive impairment. Scientific research into the field is complex and, so far, limited,... 

The NSC’s Concerns About Consumer Electronics in Cars Plus Texting and Driving Still a Problem in Chicago – Podcast

National Safety Council is concerned about consumer electronics in cars and a report shows texting and driving is still a big problem in Chicago and statewide on this month’s Chicago Injury Alert.  Read More →

The Brutal Legacy of War Left on Military Members

A new study released Thursday has started to unveil the brutal legacy that has been left on members of the U.S military and its veterans after more than a decade of war. The study found that over the past year, on average, each service member visited the doctor more than once a month. This marks the highest rate ever for out-patient treatment of U.S. military members. Doctors have encountered out-patient... 

Seniors and Smart Homes: Aging in Place

A wave of new, high-tech devices is helping to keep seniors safe. As the baby boomer generation ages and personal electronic technology develops, many gadgets aimed at the health and safety needs of seniors are coming to the mainstream market. Already readily available, wireless monitoring kits allow the adult children of elderly parents to check in on seniors remotely. One kit, called Lively, comes... 

Another Polk County prostitution sting results in 98 arrests in Polk Sheriff’s "When Will You Learn" sting.

Once again, Grady Judd and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office conducted another prostitution sting.  This four day operation was called “When Will You Learn” by the sheriff.  Almost 100 people were arrested.  The suspected “johns” arrested for solicitation of prostitution will be subject to the $5,000.00 “civil penalty” that was enacted last year if the plead... 

Superstitious Teen Causes Three-Vehicle Accident After Holding Breath in Tunnel

It never ceases to amaze me what foolish things some people will do while driving a vehicle. A 19-year-old Oregon man caused a three-vehicle accident after he lost consciousness and control of the car as he drove through a tunnel near Portland. The teen’s 1990 Toyota Camry drifted over the centerline and struck a Ford Explorer head-on. Both vehicles struck the walls of the tunnel before a pick-up... 
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