March 15, 2013

#1 Cause of Teen Deaths

1 Teens Driving Teens Run Heightened Risk

In one six-day period last week, a total of 20 teenagers were killed in five automobile accidents spread across the states of Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and North Dakota. The most ominous and significant element linking the fatalities is that in each case the driver was under age 18 and was carrying at least two teenage passengers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a study which found that the risk of death to a driver aged 16 or 17 increases by 44 percent when carrying one passenger under 21 with no adults, doubles when there are two riders under 21 with no adults, and quadruples when carrying three or more under-21s and no grownups. When there is a passenger age 35 or older, that death risk falls by 62 percent. Car crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths.

More at Content.usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Teen Driver Death Rates Defy Regulation

Tags: Teenage Driving, Teenage Deaths, Teen Drivers Death Risk, Dangers of Teenage Driving, Safe Driving for Teens

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Docs Call It Dystextia

2 Incoherent Text Messages May Signal Stroke

The inability to compose a coherent text message may be the only symptom of ischemic stroke and may become a vital diagnostic tool, according to new research from Henry Ford Hospital. Coined “dystextia,” the symptom is not to be confused with autocorrected text messages. Patients who exhibit dystextia may show no other stroke-related aphasia, or impaired language abilities, but are incapable of producing simple text messages when asked to do so. Instead, the patient produces garbled messages, but when asked to read them back, does not recognize them as gibberish. "Because text messages are always time-stamped when they're sent they may also help establish when the stroke symptoms were at least present or even when they began," says lead author Dr. Omran Kaskar.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Turmeric Regenerates Neurons After Stroke

Tags: Henry Ford Hospital, Ischemic Stroke, Stroke, Dystextia, Incoherent Text Messages, Omram Kaskar, Aphasia, Language Impairment, Diagnosing Stroke

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