November 2014 Archives

AAOS Talks History and Incidences of ATV Use

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) ran a very interesting article about the nature of four-wheeler use and how injuries often occur as a result.  According to their article, ATVs were largely first introduced into the United States in the 1970s.  Since that time, both their use and subsequent injuries have risen substantially.  Using data from 2007, AAOS determined that about 150,000 people were injured using ATVs in a year.  From the time period of the early 1980s to 2009, over 10,000 people died in ATV-related accidents. 

CPSC Infographics Illustrate ATV Injuries and Deaths

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has a great website with very illustrative and engaging infographics relating to statistics surrounding ATV accidents year to year.  Unsuprising to many who read our blog, Pennsylvania stands out among the top 10 states for ATV deaths.  In the last 30 years, at least 494 people have died in ATV accidents in Pennsylvania.  Countless more have been seriously injured while riding these vehicles.  To learn more and to look at the US CPSC's informative charts, please click here

Area ATV Case Results in Charges Against Death Of Four-Year-Old Victim

An area ATV accident has recently made the news.  According to a report by WPXI.com, a Somerset-area family was involved in an ATV accident which killed a four-year-old girl. An infant, toddler, and nine-year-old child were also involed in the accident. No one involved the crash was reported wearing a safety belt or helmet.  For more on the article and corresponding legal case, please click here

NBC News Video Clip on ATV Accidents

Want to learn more about the prevalence of all-terrain vehicle accidents across the country? Check out this NBC Nightly News clip from July 2012.  At that time, over 700 people died from ATV accidents in a year, and about 136,000 visited the hospital for ATV-related injuries.  Check out the news clip by clicking here!

Mayo Clinic Weighs In On ATV Use

Do you think that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are safe for kids to operate and ride on? Many people think that it might be worth a second look to examine how Americans allow their children to use these vehicles.  The Mayo Clinic is now weighing in on ATV use, and you can view the article by clicking here!

Your Cognition Suffers When You Have Chronic Pain

As stated in a recent Huffington Post article, patients who suffer from chronic pain also often have experiences with other cognitively-based problems like memory and attention difficulties.  According to the article, which can be found by clicking this link, "A study conducted by Nadine Attal and her team suggests that those who have problems with their brain's ability in attention, memory or other executive functions may have more issues with chronic pain after surgeries."  The results of this study are interesting because they suggest that, not only does your brain respond differently as a result of dealing with chronic pain, but you may respond differently to dealing with chronic pain as a result of your brain's cognitive makeup. 

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