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Smaller cars have higher rates of fatal crashes

It turns out when it comes to vehicle safety, bigger is definitely better. Research done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) over a three-year period found that smaller autos don't offer as much protection to drivers and passengers in collisions.

Most traffic fatality deaths occurred to those driving small and mini versions of cars like Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent sedans, the two autos with the highest death rates in collisions.

Types of nursing home abuse and neglect

Making the decision to put your loved in a nursing home is difficult. The last thing you want to realize is that your loved one is being abused or neglected. Physical abuse and neglect can sometimes be easy to see. It's other types of abuse and neglect that can occur without causing any physical signs.

Other types of nursing home abuse and neglect include verbal, sexual and mental abuse and involuntary seclusion and corporal punishment. Examples of abuse and neglect include:

Understanding the 4 main types of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice lawsuits are usually very complex and often require the testimony of medical experts and representation of experienced attorneys. These are cases where a plaintiff claims that he or she suffered an injury because of the negligence of a doctor, medical facility or medical staff. Because there are a number of different types of patients, doctors, facilities and treatments, there are different types of medical malpractice cases. Here are four types of medical malpractice that are commonly brought against doctors and hospitals.

1. Misdiagnoses, surgical malpractice and failed procedures: This is the most common type of medical malpractice. When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient properly or makes an error during surgery or a procedure, these mistakes are usually very visible to the patient and his or her family.

Juggling the different parties after your car accident

When car crashes occur, it's common for there to be a number of different people's hands that your accident case gets passed through. There's the responding police officer and the adjuster at the insurance company at the very least.

In cases involving potential criminality or negligence, there might be a crash scene or private investigator or expert witnesses. Each has one's own role they play. The conclusions ultimately impact the outcome of your legal case.

A Columbus man crosses into oncoming traffic killing 1

A fatal car crash that claimed the life of unidentified Toyota driver in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 11, 2017 is under investigation by the Columbus Police Department. A preliminary investigation into the accident seems to point to the driver of the other unidentified vehicle as having crossed the center line into the westbound one. This resulted in a head-on collision with the deceased.

The accident occurred at approximately 3:39 a.m. The 33-year-old and his 32-year-old passenger were riding eastbound along East 11th Avenue near its intersection with Ohlen Avenue at the time. It's believed that the unidentified Toyota driver died right away as a result of the impact.

Why do people still text and drive?

Ask most drivers if texting and driving is safe, and they'll tell you that they understand that it's a risk. The reason it keeps happening isn't ignorance or a lack of awareness. People know that the danger is there and they've seen the accident stats.

In one study, while 98 percent of people acknowledged the danger, 75 percent said they still did it. Some even did it in violation of state laws.

When is acute treatment needed for a traumatic brain injury?

The treatment of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) depends on the severity of the injury. For TBIs that are quite severe acute treatment may be needed. The purpose of this type of treatment is to minimize life support and secondary injury.

When the brain suffers such a serious injury, the intracranial pressure can quickly rise. A device can be surgically inserted into the cavity of the brain that can monitor the pressure and help control it.

Widow sues hospital for improper diagnosis of bacterial infection

The family of 43-year-old Athens, Ohio, man who died on April 20, 2016 at the Medical Center at Ohio State University has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against various defendants for what is alleged to have been his wrongful death from necrotizing fascitis. Among the defendants, there is the Holzer Clinic, Ohio Health O'Bleness Hospital, Athens Medical Associates and emergency room physicians who treated the man.

In the lawsuit filed in the Common Pleas Court system in Athens County in March of 2017, it chronicles how the man was first admitted to the the Holzer Clinic on April 15, 2016 after having complained of having chills, a headache, a 102 fever, body aches and congestion. Three days later, the man reported to O'Bleness' emergency room complaining of low leg swelling and pain at a level of eight on a 10-point scale.

Bill would make winning malpractice suits more difficult

A bill sponsored by Republicans in the House of Representatives would make it more difficult for older Americans and low-income people to win medical malpractice lawsuits. This could include those based on defective medical devices or drugs. This is part of their plan to replace President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The bill would put new limits on the noneconomic damages, capping them at $250,000. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering. Some states already have this cap in place. Under the bill, states could also increase the cap.

Study shows stimulation of brain can restore memory

Three neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania have been working on a four-year project for the Department of Defense called Restoring Active Memory. The goal of the program is to develop "next-generation technologies that improve memory function in people who suffer from memory loss." Their recent findings were published in Current Biology.

The neuroscientists report that electrical stimulation can improve a person's memory function when it is delivered when memory failure is predicted. When the electrical stimulation is delivered when a person's memory is functioning properly, the stimulation is disruptive.

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