Researchers are generally cautious when discussing possible breakthroughs in spinal cord injury treatments, given the number of studies that haven't panned out and the sheer complexity of the spinal cord itself. Nonetheless, and as some of our prior blog posts have reported, new and broad-based research is being conducted by doctors and scientists across the globe, and experts in the field express strong hope and genuine excitement concerning many developments that are being reported.
Our immediately preceding blog post summarizing the lawsuit against the National Football League by scores of retired players might be considered a logical segue to our post today, which follows up with a study concerning older war veterans and a possible link between traumatic brain injury ("TBI") and Alzheimer's disease.
Within the past couple years, the National Football League ("NFL") has quite publicly addressed the issue of concussions and related head injury problems that beset professional and other football players. The league has changed rules on player contact; introduced new tests for gauging the extent of a head blow and for predicting when a player can safely return to action; ushered in new studies aimed at improving helmet safety; and taken an active role before Congress and in youth sports leagues across the country in seeking to secure stronger awareness of and treatment regimens for sport-related head injuries.
Several years ago, the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act authored by a Colorado congresswoman passed both the House and Senate before being vetoed by then-President George W. Bush.
For harried and nervous bicyclists looking for a place to settle in permanently, where there is a blueprint for growth that includes the accommodation of bicycle traffic by using bike-friendly signs, parking, ample bike lanes, prominently displayed maps and even "courtesy patrols" to assist bicyclists, Denver has got to make the short list of cities to be considered.
In 2009, data derived from several studies indicated that fewer than one percent of drivers across the country were texting while driving.
Fatal car accidents are obviously -- and always -- tragic occurrences, whatever the circumstances surrounding them. Some seem particularly egregious, though, owing to a degree of callousness or exacerbating factors that directly contributed to a motor vehicle crash and the death or injuries of third parties.
Sports-related concussions are firmly on the radar of coaches, professional sports leagues, college and high school sports programs and organized youth leagues across the country, given the prominence that media stories have given them in recent years.
The Lefthand Canyon recreational area near Boulder was the scene of a highly publicized road-rage incident two years ago in which a Boulder County man driving a truck grew angry with a bicyclist and, according to a witness, used his vehicle "like a weapon" by reportedly trying to push the bike rider into oncoming traffic. The truck driver was ticketed on suspicion of reckless endangerment and sentenced to probation and community service.