Nearly half of us will make a resolution for the New Year.

But do they work?

Surprisingly, yes. At least for some.

Psychologists from the University of Scranton conducted research to learn more about behavior patterns associated with New Year’s resolutions. They interviewed 400 people at random and identified three distinct groups:

  1. those not making any resolutions;
  2. those contemplating a resolution, but not at New Year’s; and
  3. those committed to a New Year’s resolution.

Researchers found that only 4% of contemplators were successful after six months compared to 46% of those committed to New Year’s resolutions.

…to a safe holiday season. Cheers.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure kids are safe with their new toys during the holiday season.

Below are five toy safety tips to consider:

  1. Choking is the leading cause of toy-related death. A good rule of thumb: any toy or toy part that can be passed through a toilet roll tube is unsafe for a child under three. Broken and deflated balloons pose a serious choking hazard. Balls for children under six should be more than 1.75 inches in diameter.
  2. Magnets can look like candy, but could have life-threatening complications if swallowed.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy isn’t just a football disease. Or a hockey disease. It’s now making headlines in baseball after researchers found signs of CTE in former major leaguer Ryan Freel.

Freel suffered 10 concussions during his eight years in the major leagues. He experienced classic CTE symptoms like depression, lack of impulse control, and substance abuse problems before committing suicide last December. He was 36 years old.

Former NFL players who showed signs of CTE and took their own lives include Andre Waters, Terry Long, and Junior Seau.

Did you know that falls are a leading cause of hospitalization in BC?

Vancouver Coastal Health offers winter weather slip and fall prevention advice:

I was recently asked by News 1130 about homeowner responsibilities in winter weather. It’s important to clear hazards around your home to avoid liability in case of an accident. Rake leaves, shovel snow, and salt walkways. Also ensure your third-party liability home insurance is in order and up-to-date.

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Swedish designers have created the world’s first “invisible” bike helmet.

Industrial Design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin came up with the idea when Sweden introduced the country’s first mandatory helmet law. They wanted to develop a safe bike helmet that people would be happy to wear, without the bulky discomfort of conventional helmets.

The pair spent seven years studying bike helmet reports, enlisting help from head trauma specialists, and staging bike accidents with crash test dummies and stunt people to study the movement patterns of different collisions.

“We had to simulate all known accidents,” Alstin said. “Everything from an icy road crash to getting hit by a car.”

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL alleging that the league has not done enough to protect players from concussions. The lawsuit was filed last week in Washington and now includes over 200 former players.

The issue of concealment is at the centre of the lawsuit. As one excerpt reads: “The NHL’s active and purposeful concealment of the severe risks of brain injuries exposed players to unnecessary dangers they could have avoided had the NHL provided them with truthful and accurate information and taken appropriate action to prevent needless harm.”

News of the lawsuit against the NHL comes only three months after the NFL agreed to pay $765M to former players now suffering from dementia and other concussion-related health problems. By settling, the NFL did not have to admit any wrongdoing.

Sports law expert Eric Macramalla says it must be proved in court that the NHL chose not to share information about the long-term neurological impacts of repeated head shots. Without evidence, “the case will ultimately fail,” says Macramalla.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly acknowledged the seriousness of the issue but admits no wrongdoing. “We are completely satisfied with the responsible manner in which the League and the Player’s Association have managed Player safety over time. We intend to defend the case vigorously.”

News of the concussion lawsuit comes just days before the NHL announced a $5.2B deal with Rogers Communications, giving the media mogul all broadcast and multimedia rights in Canada. It’s the largest deal of its kind in the NHL’s history and will cover 12 seasons, beginning in 2014/15.

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The New York Times recently published an article on first aid for head injuries. It’s worth a review.

What is a Head Injury?

A head injury is any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. The most common head injury is a concussion, where the brain is shaken inside the skull. Other head injuries include scalp wounds or skull fractures.

Common causes of head injury include:

Slater Vecchio recently partnered with VGH and the UBC Hospital Foundation to fund the development of a mobile app for concussion care.

The HEADWays Concussion Recovery app is a self-management tool for individuals who have suffered a concussion.

It’s the only self-management app written and created by doctors who specialize in concussion care. The development was spearheaded by Dr. Dan DeForge, Dr. David Koo, and Ms. Alice Rose from the acquired brain injury program at GF Strong Rehab Centre and the UBC Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

A recent article in the Globe and Mail adds fuel to a sensitive debate relating age to driver competency.

A few facts:

So why are the statistics so poor for senior drivers?