Blood Test Could Detect Traumatic Brain Injury

Most serious long term residual injuries from accidents are undetected Traumatic Brain Injuries [TBI]. They are the dominate cause for death and disability. They occur with blunt trauma from falls and car accidents. TBI’s are classed either ‘mild’ to ‘severe’.

Current diagnosis are expensive relying on CT, MRI scans and neuropsychological studies.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is offering a new blood test they hope can accurately identify if a patient has suffered TBI and to what extent. The process is to measure the amount of a specific protein released into the bloodstream after injury.

Scientists are looking for a biomarker as published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. After examining 200 patients between the ages of 16 – 93 all of whom were treated at trauma centers with TBI, they found a protein that could serve as a viable early indicator of intracranial injury.

Every year 1.5 million are diagnosed with TBI. Mild TBI experience headaches, memory loss, and loss of smell or mood changes. More severe results occur when a patient loses consciousness for more than 30 minutes, with residuals such as loss of speech, confusion and seizures.

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September 24 Survey Results are in
Q: On average, how extensive is your patient's car damage in PI cases?

1.   Their car was drivable immediately after the accident.
Response: 42.19%
2.   Their car was towed initially but was able to be fixed.
Response: 34.38%
3.   Their car was towed and was a total loss.
Response: 17.19%
4.   I don’t ask the patients about the extent of their car damage.
Response: 6.25%

Special Report: Most Dangerous Roads in California

Interstate 15

Blood alley from LA to Las Vegas is notorious for the 180-mile section with over 8 million drivers a year. Featuring spectacular accidents often caused by extreme driver fatigue, drunk or drug driving and many fatalities resulting from not wearing seatbelts. Take Southwest instead.

Interstate 5 & 805

The infamous “Merge” suddenly decrease the number of lanes creating driver confusion for even experienced drivers. Between San Diego and LA, the widest freeway in California of 21 lanes is contracted in Sorrento Valley suddenly stopping traffic causing widespread rear end collisions.

Interstate 10

This 150-mile stretch to Phoenix features a large number of fatal accidents due to the high traffic volume and well known speeding by inattentive drivers.

Tunitas Creek Road, San Mateo County:

The ultimate nightmare - very narrow, very twisty and remote, where some people think they have the road all to themselves. With the Bay Area’s worst road, there are regularly head-on collisions.

We have represented the seriously injured from each of these dangerous roads. Now that you know – please drive safely.

VW Scandal: Could Destroy Co.

It's been dubbed the "diesel dupe". The German car giant has admitted cheating emissions tests in the US. According to the EPA some cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results.

VW, taking advantage of generous government subsidies, had a major push to sell diesel cars in the US, backed by a huge marketing campaign trumpeting its cars' low emissions. VW has admitted that about 11 million cars worldwide are fitted with the so-called "defeat device".