Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

BrainScope Makes Waves in Detecting TBIs


The Ahead 200 device by BrainScope, similar to the Ahead 100, which was recently cleared by the FDA. (VIA BrainScope)

According to the USCDC, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur at an annual rate of 500/100,000 individuals. Serious cases can be measured by CAT scans, but injuries such as concussions are more difficult to gauge. Untreated mild TBIs can lead to depression, dementia and other problems.

BrainScope, a privately held medical neurotechnology company, is making waves in detecting traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The company develops portable, non-invasive instruments to help assess brain function at the initial point of care after a head injury. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Off-Road Vehicle Registration Now Available

snowmobile_300x200Do you own one or more of the estimated 200,000 off-road vehicles (ORVs) in British Columbia?

Effective November 17, owners can register their ORVs with ICBC for a one-time fee of $48. This includes ATVs, snowmobiles, and dirt bikes.

Although the rules are currently voluntary, they will become mandatory on June 1, 2015. Snowmobile registrations have been required since the 1970s. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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The Rise of the Foldable Bike Helmet

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Between 2007 and 2012, 68 per cent of riders fatally injured in a bike accidents without car involvement were not wearing a helmet in BC. Helmets are not only an essential piece of equipment for bike commuters but are also mandatory by law in Vancouver. After the ride is over they can become a hassle to carry around.

Folding a helmet, like folding a bike or collapsing an umbrella, makes it easier to carry. With different types of foldable helmets on the market in Europe, expect to see similar models come to Canada and help lighten your load READ FULL ARTICLE +

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UK Drunk Driving Ad Sends Shivers

Think Don't DrinkA UK drunk-driving public service announcement (PSA) brings a different meaning to Kool & the Gang’s 1980 hit “Celebration”. The minute-long second spot hits home with impactful scenes and the ironic use of the dance track. The ad also marks the 50th anniversary of England’s first drunk-driving PSA.



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Pedviz: Be Reflective. Be Safe. Be Seen.

PEDVIZJane Macdougall, a mother, journalist and Vancouverite, is the founder of Pedviz, a fashionable line of reflective items to help make people more visible on the streets.

According to The Vancouver Sun, Jane was motivated to help others walk safely when her sister-in-law, Rosalinda, was hit by a car while crossing at a well-lit crosswalk. The driver took off and left her seriously injured.


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Winter Cycling in BC

Winter Cycling in BCUsing two wheels as transportation is an easy choice in the summer. Now that we’ve turned back the clock and nights are getting longer, you’re likely hesitating to hop on a bicycle.

Commuting by bike this season doesn’t have to be dangerous or unpleasant.  The Vancouver Courier says keep peddling! Here are their four reasons to ride through the rain and windstorms:

“Cycling saves you money.”
A solid bike might set you a couple of hundred dollars at first, but it beats fumbling with coins and cards to regularly pay for parking, gas and transit fare.

“Cycling keeps you healthy.”

Even at a recreational pace cycling can burn 500 to 600 calories an hour. Cycling also has no impact and is easy on the joints for those who are looking for a way to get active without the pain. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Dangerous Season Ahead for Pedestrians

Last month I wroteWatch for Pedestrians about how 2014 has been the safest year on record for pedestrians in Vancouver. With darker, rainier days ahead, this could soon change.

According to ICBC, pedestrian-related collisions increase by 76 percent between November and January.

In Vancouver, there were 30,066 reported collisions involving pedestrians between 2005 and 2010, an average of 511 cases annually. Half of those occurred between November and February. Collisions were highest in November followed by January. In BC 55 pedestrians are killed each year with 33 deaths this year so far.

“It’s an issue all over our province,” said Jill Blacklock, road safety manager at ICBC in The Province. “This is a conversation we want to have.” READ FULL ARTICLE +

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10 Safety Tricks to Keep Halloween a Treat

halloween jack-o-lantern gifIt’s that time of year again where you’ll soon see everything from zombies to princesses. Keep everyone safe this Halloween with these ten tips:

  1. Trick-or-Treating: Join your kids until they are old enough to go out with friends. Trick-or-treat in familiar, well-lit neighbourhoods.
  2. Choking Hazards: Crafting and DIY costumes are a popular activity for Halloween. Don’t let young children play with buttons or safety pins. Avoid giving kids under four marshmallows popcorns, whole grapes, hard candy, and gummy candy or gum balls.
  3. Shine Bright: Choose bright coloured costumes that are clearly visible to motorists. Add reflective tape, and carry a flashlight. READ FULL ARTICLE +
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New Map Tracks Cycling Dangers

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A new map to help cyclists plan a safe route is now live. allows injured cyclists to indicate dangerous curbs or turns as a warning to other cyclists. The map indicates hot spots for bike theft, collision reports, cyclist hazards and citizen near miss reports. Participation is quick, anonymous, and is done by pinning a marker on the online map.

Trisalyn Nelson, an avid cyclist, geographer, and Lansdowne research chair of spatial sciences at the University of Victoria, began the project. In the first few days of the pilot project, more than 150 reports have been filed across Canada, the US and as far as Finland.

Although BikeMaps began as a local initiative, Nelson hopes that the map becomes a global resource and remedy safety fear, “the number one deterrent” to new cyclists. The city of Victoria will be looking to the map to help indicate where to invest in cycling infrastructure. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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The “Citizen Cyclists” of Copenhagen



Denmark is known for its progressive urban planning, architecture and design. In the capital city of Copenhagen the cycling culture is everywhere. The city has over 390 km of designated bike lanes and 41% of its population identifies cycling as their primary mode of transportation.

Mikael Colville-Anderson, a Danish-Canadian urban designer and urban mobility expert, wrote in The Guardian  why he believes other cities should follow in the footsteps (or bike paths) of Copenhagen.


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