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Youth Sport Concussions Up
kid brain injuries sport
Sport does a lot for our kids. It keeps them active and teaches them teamwork and fair play. Unfortunately, it’s also sending more of them to the emergency room with sport-related concussions. Back in June, Ontario introduced Rowan’s Law to protect kids. The timing couldn’t better. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) just released…
Driverless Tesla in Fatal Crash
driverless car crash
There are as many as 11,000 motor vehicle accidents every day in North America. But one accident this past May wasn’t your typical car crash. It was the first time someone died while using driverless technology. A 40 year-old Florida man was killed when the Autopilot feature in his Tesla failed to recognize an oncoming truck.…
Higher Fines for Distracted Driving
Distracted driving fines in BC
On June 1, BC introduced harsher penalties for distracted driving. Are they working? Initial reports from the Vancouver Police Department show that fewer distracted driving tickets were issued in June 2016 than in the previous year – but only by 14%. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Distracted driving can kill, but it can also hurt…
Swim Safety for Kids
swim safety for kids
Last one in is a rotten egg! Summer’s here and there’s nothing like a dip in the water to cool off on a hot day. But whether it’s at a local lake or a backyard pool, a drowning tragedy can happen in seconds. Parents and kids need to remember that when it comes to water…
Ban on Texting and Walking?
Don't text and walk
You know you’ve done it. You’re walking down a busy street, your phone bings, so you pull it out to look. A text, a notification from social media, a calendar reminder – you have to know! Your attention focuses on the phone and you bump into another pedestrian. While that may seem harmless or maybe…
Drowsy Driving
driving drowsy
Some days, there’s just not enough coffee in the world to keep you awake. While it may lead to awkward moments of yawning at work or nodding off during dinner conversation, fatigue is a much more serious matter once you start thinking about getting behind the wheel of a car. The Canadian Council of Motor…
Stop, Drop, and Pokemon Go?
pokemon go accidents
Pokemon Go is all the rage. The augmented reality game has taken off around the world with people tracking down “Poke Stops” and collecting Pokemon characters on their smartphones. But it has come with some undesired, even dangerous side effects. Combining a video game with a real-world scavenger hunt, the objective is to get out…
New Look Inside the Concussed Brain
new concussion research
Concussions are an all too common injury. Well known people ranging from Eric Lindros to Hillary Clinton have suffered them – so have hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Still, little is known about the long-term health effects of a concussion. A team of researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin wanted to learn more about…