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September 2011 Archives

Study looks at NHL brain injuries

As the National Hockey League season begins, NHL officials and medical professionals are focusing on the potential for serious head and brain injuries in hockey players. In a recent study, researchers found that direct hits by other players, head shots with parts of the body and injuries from fights were most likely to cause lasting harm in NHL players.

When should elderly drivers step on the brakes?

As drivers get older, disease, disability, and the natural progression of aging may severely limit their ability to drive. This is not always the case - often, older drivers remain fully capable of operating a motor vehicle competently and safely. But sometimes elderly drivers can pose a serious threat, to themselves and others, of car accidents, injury, and even death.

Family faces $4,200 bill for dog bite surgery

Often, a dog bite injury involves a long-time family pet and occurs, unexpectedly, in the most normal of circumstances. This is one of those stories. Recently, a mother asked her teenage son to help clean the family dog after he came inside with mud on his paws. The 14-year-old boy attempted to do so, but the dog became spooked when his paws were grabbed. This led to a dog bite close to the boy's left ear. The resulting wound was very deep and the boy appeared to be losing a lot of blood.

California governor vetoes ski helmet law

Last year, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that required skiers and snowboarders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet on the slopes. Now, in what feels like a case of déjà vu, Governor Jerry Brown has again vetoed a ski helmet bill. There is one main difference between the two vetoes, however: while Governor Schwarzenegger supported ski helmets, he struck down the bill because it included various other ski resort regulations. Governor Brown, on the other hand, justified his veto with an argument that parents, not the state, should make the decisions that affect their children.

Football coach's punishment leads to brain injury lawsuit

A California high school football player is claiming that his coach ordered his teammates to purposely injure him as punishment for missing a day of practice. The sixteen-year-old says that he suffered a partially collapsed lung and a concussion, which is a form of brain damage, after his football coach told the other players on the team to tackle him repeatedly during practice this August.

Boating accident claims the life of San Diego man

A group of friends' fun Labor Day weekend outing on the Colorado River turned tragic when a San Diego man fell over the side of the boat and drowned, according to officials from the San Bernardino's Sheriff's Department. After police searched for the man for several days, his body was reported by a fisherman Wednesday morning. It was later identified to be the missing man.

Man flees San Diego accident, leaving injured family in car

After a man crashed into a parked vehicle early Monday morning, injuring his wife and infant, he did something that very few husbands and fathers would do: he fled the scene of the crash, leaving his family in the car, injured and bleeding. Now, the man faces criminal charges for felony hit and run and DUI.

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