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App Diagnoses Concussions

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 3.59.15 PM copyDid you know up to 3.8-million cases of sports-related head trauma will occur this year in North America alone?

Public anxiety is at an all-time high after an autopsy revealed that former NFL player Tyler Sash suffered from an extreme case of CTE. Tyler had displayed irrational behaviour before he died from an accidental overdose of pain medication.

To combat sports related concussions, a group of local university students invented the HeadCheck Health app. The app will be used by trainers to assess potential concussions by measuring player cognition and balance. The READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Another NFL Concussion Death

CTE brainTyler Sash was just 27 when he was found dead in his Iowa home from an accidental overdose of pain medication. After 16 years of playing football, Tyler won a Super Bowl in just two seasons with the New York Giants – it ended up costing him his life.

After Tyler was fired from The Giants in 2013, he dealt with confusion, memory loss and minor fits of temper which affected his ability to get a job. “Now it makes sense,” Sash’s mother told the New York Times. “The part of the brain that controls impulses, decision-making and reasoning was damaged badly.”

CTE stage 2After his death, the researchers at Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation diagnosed Tyler with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and they concluded that the disease had “advanced to a stage rarely seen in someone his age.” His family donated his brain to be studied for CTE as the disease can only be confirmed posthumously.

The CTE scope rates severity from 0 to 4 and Tyler was at Stage 2, approximately the same stage Junior Seau was at when he committed suicide.

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Zero1 Helmet Reduces Concussions

zero1 helmetA great fitting football helmet is crucial to safety on the field according to VICIS, a Seattle-based company. The company’s neurosurgeons and engineers designed a football helmet that lessens linear and rotational forces.

Dubbed the Zero1, the new helmet utilizes four layers which work together to mitigate brain impact.

  • The Lode Shell Layer absorbs impact by deforming, like a car bumper
  • The Core Layer employs a columnar structure that moves to reduce linear and rotational forces
  • The Arch Layer is designed to fit a football player’s head, utilizing the relationship between head length and width
  • The Form layer works with the Arch Layer to conform to a player’s head topography distributing pressure on the head


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Would You Drive Blindfolded?

distracted drivingDo you text and drive? Then you might as well drive blindfolded according to The Province. Driving while drunk may be illegal, but it is safer than texting and driving. At least the drunk tries to keep their eyes on the road.

Nearly every province has laws against driving with a hand-held device, but just look around and you will see a texting driver.

A North Carolina woman posted a selfie while driving and singing the song “Happy”. Unfortunately she was killed when she crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed into another car . In Dubai, a man taking a selfie while overrevving his Lamborghini nearly died when the Lamborghini went up in flames. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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New Car Features Protect Teen Drivers

teen driverDo you want to know if your teen is driving over the speed limit? Chevrolet offers parents a teen driver report card dubbed “Teen Driver”. The new system tracks distance, speed, and can even control the radio. Parents program their child’s key fob so the car knows when and what information to track.

Features designed for teen drivers

  • Sets ABS braking and avoidance braking
  • Set a maximum speed limit and the car warns teens if they surpass the set speed
  • Limit car music volume
  • Music turns off if the driver’s seatbelt is unbuckled

According to the British Columbia Automobile Association, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Distracted Walking

Untitled design (1)Have you bumped into someone on the sidewalk while texting? You’re not alone.

According to News1130, thousands of people are crashing into each year due to distracted walking – they can’t take their eyes off their smartphone.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conducted a survey on distracted walking because most people believe they aren’t the problem when it comes to walking and texting, talking selfies, listening to music, and bumping into other pedestrians.

Distracted walking seems harmless, but it is very dangerous. Emergency room visits for distracted driving went up 35% from 2010 to 2013. Injuries include contusions, sprained ankles, and fractures from falling and bumping into others. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Cyclist Killed in Bizarre Accident

cyclistAccording to The Vancouver Sun, a Vancouver cyclist was killed after being struck in the head by a heavy object. The incident took place at the Vancouver Seawall, and it’s believed the large object was thrown from a garbage can.

In a news release, The Vancouver Police describe a “strange set of circumstances” that led to the cyclist’s death. Witnesses saw a man throwing garbage from a container near Science World on Wednesday evening. As a cyclist was passing by the man throwing garbage, a heavy object hit the cyclist which caused him to fall face-first on the pavement.

The victim died from severe head injuries Thursday morning.

Vancouver police haven’t been able to locate the trash-thrower. Anyone with information is asked to contact them at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Vancouver Earthquake is No Joke

Untitled-1What’s the first thing you did after the 4.7 magnitude earthquake? Open your earthquake preparedness kit or open your smartphone and update Facebook?

According to The Vancouver Sun, many Vancouver residents joked online about the largest earthquake in years. Many posted images of flipped chairs with the caption: “We will rebuild.”

Instead of posting Vancouver earthquake jokes on social media, people should tweet, “Only 20% of Vancouver Residents are Prepared for an Earthquake.” Next, they should share this blog post about Earthquake Preparedness Kits.

Earthquake Preparedness Kit

Tweet This Earthquake Preparedness ListEach family member should have q grab-and-go kit at work and home and it should be kept by the front door. According to The City of Vancouver, your kit should contain: READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Top 10 Slater Vecchio Blog Posts of 2015

1010. Social media and personal injury claims

A BC Judge shows how courts interpret social media posts that appear to contradict an injury claim.

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9. White brain matter, depression and concussions

Have you had a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury? Do you suffer from symptoms of irritability, depression, and anxiety? A recent study suggests damaged white brain matter, the brain’s signal cables, may be responsible.

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8. Dashboard camera captures teen distracted driving

Laughing with friends, singing along to their favourite songs, chattering on their cell phones – typical teenage life recorded on video moments before a car accident. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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A Seatbelt for Your Brain

brain shield copyA local Vancouver company has begun selling a helmet sticker, BrainShield, designed to prevent concussions. According to The Vancouver Sun, BrainShield is compatible with all helmets, and it has the potential to reduce head injuries for sports teams, cyclists and motorcycle riders.

“It can significantly reduce the sharp twisting and compression of the brain,” said Daniel Abram, the company’s chief technology and operating officer. It acts like a seatbelt for the brain to prevent or reduce concussions.

According to their Kickstarter site, the majority of helmets are designed, tested, and certified for compression force only. However, almost all head impacts cause severe twisting and rotational acceleration in addition to brain compression.

The BrainShield helmet patch is made of micro-engineered layers that divert angled impacts reducing the rotational acceleration that causes concussions. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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