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Vehicular heatstroke warning devices ineffective, NHTSA warns

Safety products designed to alert parents about children accidentally left in dangerously hot vehicles are unreliable, federal safety regulators said Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the announcement amidst a push to raise awareness of auto safety concerns affecting children, including efforts aimed at preventing heatstroke death and injuries in children left in unattended vehicles. According to the agency, 527 children have died from heatstroke injuries they received by being locked in hot vehicles – about 38 deaths per year on average. Heatstroke is the leading non-crash, vehicle-related cause of death for children. NHTSA also warned that ... Read More

SPECT brain scans help Army doctors “see” traumatic brain injuries

When Spc. James Saylor, a 31-year-old father of two, returned home from Afghanistan, he didn’t believe at first that his short temper, vivid nightmares, and short-term memory loss could be the result of a concussion he suffered after a mortar exploded near him. After all, traditional CT scans and MRIs showed a normal brain unaffected by contusions, bruises, and other physical injuries. But such is the nature of concussions, which are mild forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can have severe and lasting effects if ignored, repeated, or not properly treated. Concussions and many other forms of TBI usually ... Read More