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Texas Teen Airlifted To Hospital With E-Cigarette Blast Injuries To Face

A 15-year-old boy from the Fort Worth, Texas, area was flown by air ambulance to a Dallas hospital after an e-cigarette exploded in his face. The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to a 911 call from Saginaw, a community just north of Fort Worth, reporting a teenager who had been severely burned on his face and chest when the e-cigarette he was using allegedly malfunctioned. The teen was admitted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries, which are severe but not considered life-threatening. Authorities said no other people were injured by the ... Read More

Two Killed, Several Injured When Tractor Trailer Collides With Texas High School Track Team Bus

A high school track team coach and a commercial truck driver were killed and about 20 others injured when a tractor-trailer veered into the path of a school bus on Highway 271 Thursday night in Titus County, Texas. WFAA CBS 19 reported that a bus carrying the Mount Pleasant High School boys track team was driving south on 271 when the tractor trailer traveling in the northbound lane veered into the bus’s path around 10:45 p.m. Track coach Van Bowen, who was driving the bus, swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but the tractor-trailer plowed into the side of the ... Read More

Scientists Link Fracking to Injured Texas Family’s Exploding Well

A Texas family who was severely burned when methane gas rushed up their water well and exploded in a fireball has reportedly gathered strong evidence that the blast was the direct result of nearby fracking operations. The Murray family of Palo Pinto County, Texas, commissioned four top scientists to analyze their well water after the 2014 explosion that severely burned Cody Murray, his father, and his young daughter, who was 30 feet away at the time. The fracking industry has steadily maintained there are no provable cases of underground water contamination resulting from hydraulic fracturing operations (commonly known as fracking) ... Read More

Driver Killed After Tractor-Trailer Plunges off Texas Interstate Bridge

A semi tractor-trailer truck loaded with truck tires plunged off an Interstate 40 overpass in Bushland, Texas, just west of Amarillo on the morning of Feb. 27, killing the driver and triggering a fire a fire that burned throughout the day. Sergeant Cindy Barkley of the Texas Department of Safety confirmed that driver Arnold De La Rosa, 48, of Mission, Texas, died at the scene after crashing through guardrails on I-40 East and plummeting to the ground from an overpass about FM2381 / Bushland Road. The crash happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. The truck landed between the eastbound and westbound ... Read More

Gist reasoning test can help better identify chronic TBI in patients

A sensitive reasoning test developed by clinicians and cognitive neuroscientists at the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas may be better at identifying certain cognitive defects caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) than traditional cognitive tests. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, researchers found that a so-called gist reasoning test was better at helping doctors identify previously undiagnosed cognitive changes that could explain why people experience difficulty solving problems, understanding complex information or maintaining friendships. Researchers used a gist reasoning measure called the Test of Strategic Learning to accurately identify 84.7 percent of patients with chronic ... Read More

Half a Million North Texas Residents At Risk of Takata Airbag Injuries, Death, Officials Warn

City and community leaders across northern Texas have formed a movement urging motorists with vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall to get their vehicles fixed without delay. The group of leaders met at Dallas City Hall Monday to kick off Airbag Recall: North Texas, an outreach that aims to raise awareness of the Takata airbag recall across the northern part of the state, where they estimate as many as half a million vehicles may be affected. Japanese supplier Takata and several automakers have recalled about 70 million faulty airbag inflators worldwide, with more than half of those, about 42 ... Read More

Study casts doubt about effectiveness of youth athlete concussion program

Nearly four out of 10 (38 percent) school athletes who were examined for concussions at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children sports clinic in 2014, returned to the game the same day they suffered the head injury and without being cleared by a medical professional, according to a study conducted by researchers the Dallas hospital. The study involved 185 school athletes who were examined at the hospital’s sports clinic in 2014, and cast a dark shadow of doubt over efforts to quell the number of sports related head injuries, especially among young athletes. Repeated head blows and concussions increases the ... Read More

GNC agrees to pay $2.25 M, strengthen practices to ensure quality, safety of products

Pittsburgh-based health and nutrition company GNC Holdings Inc., has agreed to pay $2.25 million and “take a number of actions” to ensure the dietary supplements and other products it sells do not contain unlawful and potentially harmful ingredients. The announcement comes on the heels of a federal investigation into how a GNC vendor’s falsely labeled and branded dietary supplement imported from China made it to GNC’s retail sites nationwide. The issue arose when GNC sold Oxy Elite Pro Advanced Formula, a product manufactured by Dallas-based USP Labs, which was indicted in November 2015 for allegedly conspiring to import the tainted ... Read More

Texas to launch statewide concussion surveillance project

A statewide concussion surveillance project will be launched this winter in Dallas, with a goal of capturing comprehensive data about head trauma sustained by young athletes in an effort to better inform policy makers and improve medical care. The program, led by Munro Cullum, PhD, with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, aims to give a more precise idea of how many known or suspected concussions are occurring in young athletes. “We will never know if policy changes, programs are having an impact until we know how many concussions are occurring,” Cullum said. The program ... Read More