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brain injury, traumatic brain injury, homeless, Texas personal injury lawyerPhysicians at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto conducted a survey of homeless men and discovered that almost half of them had suffered some kind of past traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A traumatic brain injury can have devastating, life-long effects. There can be an alteration in moods, resulting in either reduction in motivation or an increase in aggression. There can be damage to a person’s cognitive capacity, such as the inability to make decisions. Recognizing appropriate and inappropriate social behavior may also be affected.

The researchers for this study questioned 111 men between the ages of 27 and 81 from a local homeless shelter. The definition the study used for homelessness was “living at a shelter within the last seven days and not having a home of one’s own.” Although the men were randomly chosen, there were criteria they needed to meet in order to participate. They had to be able to speak English; they had to be able to give their consent to participate; they could not have any severe mental illness which would pose a safety risk for the researchers. The majority of participants had issues with chronic alcoholism.

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head injury, New Braunfels personal injury lawyer, personal injury attorney, negligenceA new study by Scottish researchers from Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow has revealed that adults who are hospitalized with minor head injuries are at almost twice the risk of dying within fifteen years of their injury than someone with no head injury.

Many studies have proven that there is a high risk of death subsequent to a severe head injury, but until now, there had not been a significant amount of research on the effects of minor head injuries. The study’s results were published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, but the researchers are not sure whether it’s long-term effects from the injury or lifestyle that causes the risk to double. The researchers looked at medical records from February 1995 to February 1996 of 2,428 adults who were hospitalized with mild head injuries. The team also had a comparison group of patients who had been hospitalized for other medical issues other than head injuries. A second comparison group was made up of people who had no history of any head injuries and had not been hospitalized. The study then focused on what happened to the subjects of all three groups over the next 15 years. The head injury patients died at a rate of 2.45 percent every year. The first comparison group died at a rate of 1.96 percent every year and the second comparison group had a death rate of 1.34 percent every year. There were more marked differences in mortality rates with the group of minor head injury patients under the age of 55 years old when the study began. Their chance of dying was four times larger than the second comparison group. Researchers also found that adults who get minor head injuries typically have a less healthy lifestyle, including both heavy drinking and lack of exercise, prior to and after being injured. There is also often a history of head injuries. That, the authors of the study say, could be the result of “chronic brain changes” caused by multiple head injuries, but that more research is needed before making a definitive conclusion. If you have suffered head injuries caused by a slip or fall due to a property owner’s negligence, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what civil actions you may be able to take against the owner.

marijuana, lawyer, attorney, DUI, driving under the influence, lawyer, attorneyThere have been various issues regarding driving impaired when it comes to alcohol and prescription drugs. The detection systems for both are relatively straight forward. However, as reported by The State, many states are having a hard time setting measures when it comes the impairment from marijuana use, especially since impaired driving has been linked to car accidents.

This has been quite the quandary for lawmakers all over the country in the wake of the legalization of marijuana use for medical reasons and in some areas for personal use. Many lobbyists have touted the positive effects of marijuana usage and have stated that it is far safer than alcohol, which is legal.

In one particular case, a young lady was killed in Seattle when she was hit by a vehicle while driving to work. When the driver was tested, his blood toxicology showed a positive result for marijuana. A professor at the University of California has been quoted as saying, “The answer is: Pretty …stoned is not as dangerous as drunk.”

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A new study conducted by doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has concluded that women who take antidepressants during their second and third trimesters may have an increased risk of preterm birth.

A preterm birth is one that occurs at least three weeks before a baby’s due date. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the earlier a baby is born, the more severe health problems can be. Some of the more serious health problems of babies who are born prematurely include cerebral palsy, breathing or respiratory issues, feeding and digestive issues, intellectual disabilities, visual and hearing loss. Premature birth is the leading cause of infant deaths. The number of premature births has been increasing over the past twenty years and today, one out of every eight pregnancies ends in a preterm birth. The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has also increased over the past two decades. The researchers examined 41 studies that had looked at the use of antidepressants during pregnancy. The data revealed that the risks of premature labor and birth were much higher in the second and third trimesters. The complication of premature births was related to the medication and not to the depression itself. A study conducted in 2007 showed similar results. Researchers followed the pregnancies of 90 women. Sixty-one of the women suffered from depression. Of those 61, 49 were taking anti-depressants. The remaining 22 women were not taking any antidepressant medication. The study’s results showed that the women were taking the antidepressant were at a higher risk of delivering prematurely and were also at a higher risk of delivering babies with special care needs. Another study conducted in 2003 also concluded there was a link between antidepressants and premature births. That study followed 138 pregnant women who were taking anti-depressants and found that these women were at a higher risk for premature birth. If you have suffered serious side-effects or injury from a prescribed medication, contact an experienced San Antonio personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.

As the warm weather approaches, many people take to enjoying spending time outdoors. Many homeowners have decks built on their homes where they often entertain friends and family. And many restaurants and nightclubs also have outdoor decks built where their customers can sit.

But how safe are these decks? According to statistics gathered by home inspectors, out of the two million decks that are built nationwide each year, only 40 percent are actually safe.

There are multiple incidents of people being injured because of decks collapsing. Many of these injuries were critical ones and there have sadly also been fatalities in some of these incidents. But many of these accidents could have been prevented if the deck was built properly.

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