Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Tips for Motorcycle Safety This Summer

In 2007, the mileage accident fatality ratefor motorcyclists was approximately 37 times higher than for occupants of passenger vehicles.  Those staggering numbers underscore the severe risk that motorcyclists face in California and around the country.  This summer, the National Safety Council wants both motorists and motorcyclists to take steps to prevent these devastating accidents.
Tips for Motorists
It’s very important that you maintain a good following distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle.
Look out especially carefully for motorcyclists when you near intersections, where a majority of motorcycle accidents occur.
Always check your mirrors before you make lane changes or make turns, and especially when you're backing out of parking lots and driveways.  Remember, a motorcycle is much easier to miss than a passenger vehicle.
Tips for motorcyclists
Never ride without wearing a helmet.  Avoid wearing fancy or novelty helmets, and choose one that is compliant with federal DOT standards.
Avoid distractions while riding.  Motorists have a high risk of being involved in an accident when they're using a cell phone while driving, and those risks are simply magnified for a person riding a motorcycle with little protection from impact.
Avoid lane sharing as much as possible.  This practice is legal in California, but California personal injury lawyers have concerns about motorcyclists who recklessly change lanes, increasing their risks of accidents.  If you must split lanes, stick to safe speed limits, and avoid sudden weaving between lanes.
Use your turn signals properly every time you make a turn, or make a lane change.  Use the signals even if you do not see any passenger vehicles nearby.
The trick to avoiding accidents for motorcyclists is to be as visible to motorists as possible.  Wear brightly colored or fluorescent clothing in the daytime and reflective gear at night.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Decline in Superbug Infections Linked to Hand Hygiene Compliance

It’s not just in the United States that Arizona medical malpractice attorneys have noted a decline in the number of hospital-acquired infections caused by so-called superbugs.  Across the pond too, hospitals have been reporting substantial reductions in the number of these infections after staff began to stress on hand hygiene compliance.
According to the results of a new study that have been published in the British Medical Journal website, a campaign across England and Wales to increase hand washing compliance rates led to a dramatic decline in the number of superbug infections.  The campaign was kicked off in June 2005, at a time when the British public was becoming wary of the high number of hospital-acquired infections. 
The campaign was called Clean Your Hands, and as part of the campaign, staffs at hospitals were frequently exposed to posters that reminded them to wash their hands before and after checking patients.  There were also regular checks to ensure that staff members were complying with hand hygiene rules.  In order to make it easier for staff members to comply with these rules, alcohol gels were placed by bedsides. 
The results were dramatic.  By 2008, there was a dramatic increase in the number of alcohol and soap being purchased by hospitals.  The total volume increased by 3 times, from 22 ML per patient per day to 60 ML per patient per day.
The increasing use of soap and alcohol translated into lower rates of hospital-acquired infections.  The rates of deadly MRSA infections, which are some of the deadliest infections actually dropped by more than 50% while rates of C. diff infections fell by more than 40%.
According to the study's authors, as many as 10,000 lives could have been saved as a result of the increased hand hygiene compliance.

Man Rushing on His Way to Date Arrested for speeding

A 21-year-old motorist, who was pulled over by police for speeding tried to get out of the situation, telling officers that he was on his way to a possibly sexual interlude with a girl he liked.
The man was driving at 111 mph in a 45-mile zone.  Officers quickly caught on to him, and pulled the man over.  He had been speeding for several miles and at some point, he also ran a red light.  When officers questioned him, however, he informed them that he was on his way to have sex with a girl he knew, and hence, the speeding
The excuses did nothing to minimize the charges against him.  He was arrested, and charged with speeding 40-mph over the limit, disobeying traffic rules, and disobeying stop signs.  He was found to be in possession of 2.5 g of marijuana in his car, and was charged with those crimes as well.
He was released on a bond of $200.  The only date that he now has is the one with a judge in a few days’ time. 
Police officers don't usually get this excuse for speeding.  An answer like the one this young man offered might get you a few laughs, but it is hardly likely to make a difference to the charges against you.
When you are pulled over for driving under the influence, or for speeding, or any traffic violations, it is best not to say too much to police officers at the scene.   A San Diego criminal defense attorney has more experience dealing with law enforcement officers than you have, and knows how your rights can be protected.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Videogame Could Help Reduce Symptoms of PTSD

The latest breakthrough in treatment for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is not a group activity or an enhanced counseling technique. Researchers believe that playing a simple video game can be a simple, but effective way to reduce symptoms of this highly debilitating disorder.

The researchers presented their findings recently at the British Psychology Society Annual Conference. They were looking at whether patients, who focused on a visual spatial task that requires high concentration, like playing a video game, could experience a reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

  California veterans benefits lawyers are very concerned about the high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers returning from combat. What makes the problem even more challenging for our veterans is that they're returning to an environment that is unable to provide them with adequate mental health care services. Symptoms of post-post-traumatic stress disorder could include panic or anxiety attacks, flashbacks and depression.

The researchers tested the videogame, by exposing the subjects to a traumatic movie. Granted, a movie does not sufficiently simulate the kind of trauma that a veteran is exposed to in combat. However, the researchers believe that the movie was a sufficient simulation of trauma for the purpose of the study.

The subjects were then asked to perform one of 3 different types of activities within 6 hours after watching the movie. Some subjects were asked to do nothing, while others were given the videogame. The 3rd group of subjects was asked trivia.

The researchers found that the subjects who were asked to play the video game suffered fewer flashbacks compared to the subjects who played trivia or did nothing.

It's far too early to tell whether the game can really be used as a tool to reduce symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, like flashbacks