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Traumatic brain injury reports on the rise

Readers in West Virginia may be alarmed to hear that an increasing number of people appear to be suffering concussions in America, based on new research. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that results from a blow to one’s body or head. Visits by those seeking traumatic brain injury treatment jumped by more than 29 percent from 2006 to 2010.

Spinal cord injury patients might benefit from stem cells

Spinal cord injuries in West Virginia can lead to real physical problems, such as the inability to move one’s legs or hands. People with spinal cord injuries might feel hopeless about ever being able to reclaim their normal bodily function, and this can be challenging for those who are naturally independent. However, researchers are tapping into the power of stem cells for treating patients with spinal cord injury.

Airbag among reasons for most recent recall by General Motors

In 2014, there have already been close to 23 million vehicles recalled in West Virginia and across the nation. The most the auto industry has ever seen in recalls was close to 21 million back in 2004. It appears that number may be surpassed this year with even more auto defects on the horizon, including an airbag issue with General Motors.

Hummus dips nationwide recalled as defective product for listeria

West Virginia residents may be interested in learning that roughly 15,000 pounds of hummus have been recalled across the United States. Primarily, the hummus dips were sold at Giant Eagle, Target and Trader Joe's. The reason for the recall is due to the potential contamination of listeria, which now deems the hummus dip a defective product.

Traumatic brain injury can affect a person's daily life

Brain injuries are internal, but their effects can sometimes be visible: For instance, a person may become unable to walk or talk like they used to. However, brain injury can also be silent. People in West Virginia may be surprised to learn that those with migraines may be more prone to this type of silent brain injury.

Man with traumatic brain injury becomes mathematical genius

Brain injuries can lead to side effects that are difficult to cope with in West Virginia. For example, basic tasks such as catching a ball or applying makeup become time-consuming challenges. One person who suffers from traumatic brain injury, however, had the opposite happen to him: He became a brainiac in the area of math.

West Virginia car accident results in 1 death, 2 injuries

A fatal crash that recently took place in our state happened as a result of a driver's failure to stay in his own lane. Not maintaining one's lane may be considered negligent driving and could lead to major injuries or death in West Virginia. This car accident occurred during the morning hours.

Gree dehumidifiers touted as dangerous household product

Gree, an appliance manufacturer, has sent out yet another recall of one of its lines of dehumidifiers, which may affect West Virginia residents. This particular type of dehumidifier can now be considered a dangerous household product. This recall is due to the humidifiers risk of overheating. This can lead to excessive smoke coming from the products, which can ultimately catch on fire.

Kraft Foods recalls 1.2M cases of a defective product

When West Virginia consumers purchase a food product from the store, they expect it to have gone through the necessary inspections to ensure it is safe for consumption. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and a defective product is released onto the market for consumers to purchase. This has recently occurred with various cottage cheese products.

Chrysler, Dodge minivans recalled for fire-causing auto defect

When a person purchases a vehicle in West Virginia, they expect it to be in proper working order. They expect it to be safe for them to drive on the road. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and an auto defect can slip through the cracks. It appears that faulty window switches are the subject of a recent recall by Chrysler Group.

Traumatic brain injury victims may benefit from yoga

Many individuals in West Virginia may be familiar with the health benefits of yoga, including relieving stress. However, people who especially have a lot to gain from practicing yoga are those who have a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury can cause a person to lose one's normal physical and mental abilities, but yoga may be able to help the person in ways that other therapies and treatments cannot.

Possible wrongful death after girl is locked inside BMW

West Virginia residents may be interested in hearing about a huge automaker being sued for a girl's death. BMW is facing litigation initiated by a family after their daughter was trapped inside their 1997 BMW 328i with no way out. The out-of-state school district which she attended is also named in the lawsuit, as the family feels they were negligent in their actions surrounding the girl's death. The suit accuses BMW of warranty breach and product liability, and claims that the negligence of the school and BMW resulted in the girl's wrongful death.

Spinal cord injury can affect motor function

People in West Virginia often don't realize how complicated it really is to flip a coin or catch a ball. The spine and the brain work well together to help a person to achieve these types of tasks. When a spinal cord injury takes place, this can have a dramatic impact on a person's ability to do even the most basic tasks -- tasks that often are taken for granted on a daily basis.

Man, wife files suit following injury car crash

Being injured in an accident can be life-altering, causing not only physical trauma but also emotional harm. A person may be even more worried if his or her child is injured in the car wreck as well. This is the situation that an individual is facing in West Virginia following a car crash. He and his wife recently decided to sue the party deemed responsible for the crash.

3 people died after false readings from defective medical device

Diabetics in West Virginia often rely on the use of a medical device and test strips to determine their blood sugar levels. Whether for diabetics or individuals with other medical conditions or illnesses, this type of medical technology is trusted to keep a person safe and aware of whether they need more or less medication or need to seek medical treatment immediately. Unfortunately, a defective medical device can cause serious or fatal injury, which is the case with test strips manufactured and sold by Alere Inc.

Traumatic brain injury may have genetic link

The idea of getting a concussion or experiencing some other level of brain trauma in West Virginia can be frightening. However, the idea that some people are more prone to suffering a traumatic brain injury may be even more unsettling. Researchers recently said that the genetic makeup of a person very well could play a role in how injured he or she may be when struck in the head.

Tips for keeping West Virginia kids safe from a defective product

There have been a large number and wide variety of products recalled as of late. There's been a little bit of everything, from car seats and baby monitors to leaf blowers and Oscar Mayer wieners. Parents in West Virginia likely want to do everything they possibly can to protect their children from being harmed by a defective product. Luckily, there are a few steps parents can take to keep their kids safe.

Baby monitor batteries may overheat, defective product recalled

When West Virginia parents purchase a product to be used in the nursery, they expect it to work properly without posing a threat to anyone's well-being. One of the most common items soon-to-be or new parents purchase is baby monitors. Baby monitors allow parents to have peace of mind by knowing what their baby is doing even when they are in another room washing dishes or doing laundry. Unfortunately, a popular brand of baby video monitors has been recalled and touted as a defective product.

IKEA recalls kids' lamps again due to potential wrongful death

IKEA is one of the most well-known brands across the world. West Virginia and other buyers choose IKEA products because they are easy to assemble with a few minor tools, in most cases, and are relatively affordable. Unfortunately, they are currently the subject of a defective product and one particular case may actually result in a products liability and wrongful death lawsuit.

Spinal cord injury victims may benefit from current research

People with spinal cord injuries in West Virginia may feel hopeless about ever being able to recover from their medical challenges. However, according to new research, nerves that have been damaged could possibly be restored in the future. This can give hope to both people with a spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injuries.

More college education may help with traumatic brain injury

People in West Virginia go to college in an effort to increase their earning power. The higher the degrees they attain, the more money and opportunities they may hope to get. However, new research shows that more post-secondary education can be positive in yet another way: helping people to cope with a traumatic brain injury.

Brain injury, TBI, may have a link to homelessness

A new study shows that about 50 percent of homeless individuals in the United States have suffered injuries to the brain. In addition, people in West Virginia may be surprised to learn that rates of brain injury, TBI, have risen dramatically during the past several years. The research provides new insight about causes of homelessness and may spark additional questions about why TBI is on the rise.

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