Monthly Archives: March 2017
Having a tree fall on you probably doesn’t sound like a good experience, but it may have saved a New Jersey woman’s life. The woman, a Middlesex County resident, was clearing some snow off her car when a tree crashed down onto her SUV. She was trapped beneath the tree for several minutes as neighbors rushed to her aid, but were unable to remove the tree. Fortunately, a fire station was right around the corner, and she was soon rescued and taken to the hospital. While receiving treatment for some cuts and back pain, doctors discovered something – an undisclosed medical issue that needed attention sooner rather than later. So, in a weird way, the woman may owe her life to a fallen tree. “Maybe that’s why God smacked her with a tree,” her husband said. “It’s sort of a blessing in disguise.” Mysterious ways, indeed. Can Property Owners Be…
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider traumatic brain injury to be a serious public health concern. Every year, around 1.7 million Americans suffer TBI, from mild concussions to those injuries that cause serious, permanent disability. These lifelong effects stem from an event lasting only a split second. What Are the Most Common Causes of TBI? Slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of brain injury, at almost double the rate of the next most prevalent cause. Over one-third (35.2 percent) of brain injuries are caused by falls. In children aged 0 to 14, that percentage is 50 percent. For seniors over 65, the rate is even higher (62 percent). Traffic accidents make up 17.3 percent of TBIs. Though TBIs are less common from accidents than from slips and falls, the potential for death due to traumatic brain injury is highest in this category….
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The effects of a traumatic brain injury can vary wildly. One of the many ways a TBI can change a person is by altering the way that person feels or expresses emotion. Depending on the site and severity of the injury, there are different emotional complications the TBI sufferer may experience. Emotional Complications Related to TBI Difficulty controlling emotions. Mood swings are a common change after TBI. A person may feel several different emotions in rapid succession or may find that their mood can change at a moment’s notice. Sudden anger, sadness, happiness – any of these changes are possible. The technical term for this is emotional lability, and it usually happens as a result of damage to the areas of the brain that control emotions and behavior. Often, there is no specific trigger for these mood swings. Sometimes, they aren’t even related to how that person feels. Someone who…
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