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December 2013 Archives

Ohio car chase damages cruisers, injures officers

An early-morning Dec. 13 car chase through Scioto County, Ohio, began when a patrol car pulled over a 27-year-old driver. As the officer was leaving the patrol car, the suspect hit the vehicle with his truck, disabling it before he drove off. Another trooper attempted to stop him, and the suspect crashed into that patrol car as well. As he did after the first crash, the suspect fled the scene.

MLB player said to have traumatic brain injury at time of suicide

Ohio fans of the late Major League Baseball star Ryan Freel may have heard that the former player suffered from a degenerative brain disease at the time of his December 2012 suicide. The traumatic brain injury syndrome known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy was not the sole reason Freel shot himself, but it was implied to be a factor in a report provided to the athlete's mother and stepfather by the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute. The report, which said that Freel was suffering from Stage II CTE when he died, was also presented to Major League Baseball officials.

2 killed in 2-vehicle accident

Ohio State Troopers suspect alcohol was involved in a two-vehicle accident that left two people dead in Ohio. According to troopers, the accident was the result of a 26-year-old driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. In addition to the two fatalities, two other people were reportedly injured in the crash. None of the occupants of either of the two vehicles had been wearing seat belts.

Doctors in Ohio silent on other physicians mistakes

A new report, Talking With Patients About Other Clinicians' Errors, in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the frequency that doctors observe mistakes other practitioners make and their failure to disclose these errors. There are a variety of reasons that a doctor might not report a physician error, but the result of failing to do so is often bad for patients.

Reduced symptoms not end of brain injury recovery

For the parents, organizers and players of contact sports in Ohio, a series of studies on the long-term effects of mild concussion may raise doubts about previous thinking on the topic. When the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury disappear, many people with TBIs think that their brains have healed. Investigation of brain function following the end of symptoms has shown that this is not the case. In a separate peer-reviewed study appearing in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that keeping young players off the football field longer following brain injury could have prevented some deaths.

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