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March 18, 2016
Death and Distracted Driving
A recent tweet by the Richmond RCMP has gained a lot of attention over the past week. The tweet consists of a picture of an individual’s driving record with 12 distracted driving infractions since 2011. The driver has now received two more distracted driving tickets in just 10 days. Distracted driving is a serious concern.…
March 16, 2016
New Brain Scanning Technique for Detecting Concussions
A new brain scanning technique developed at UBC can show how concussions damage the brain. These findings question the effectiveness of the tools doctors currently use when assessing and treating concussions. To test this technique, researchers scanned the brains of male and female UBC hockey players before the start of the season. Multiple scans were…
March 14, 2016
Do Bike Helmets Prevent Concussions?
It's a beautiful day in Vancouver and you're cycling around the seawall. Without warning, a cyclist riding in front of you abruptly stops resulting in you taking a nasty spill. Will your bike helmet prevent a concussion? Dr. Cirelle Rosenblatt, clinical director with Advanced Concussion Clinic in Vancouver, said “When you’re an unprotected cyclist, whether…
March 14, 2016
Will Stiffer Distracted Driving Penalties Save Lives?
Distracted driving is responsible for 80 deaths in BC every year. A 16-year-old Maple Ridge girl was killed by a train while texting and wearing headphones listening to music in 2014. A young woman from Victoriaville, Quebec was killed when her car slammed into a truck while texting her boyfriend. Could stiffer distracted driving penalties…
March 14, 2016
NFL Players Unaware of Concussion Risks
Will young football players dream of playing for the NFL after they learn about the deadly concussion risks? Alternatively, will parents let their children play football after they learn 87 out of 91 former NFL players tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)? NFL players were unaware of concussion dangers until approximately five years ago…
cycling in winter
February 12, 2016
Winter Cycling Tips
International Winter Bike to Work Day and four Canadian cities - Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton - scored in the top ten for participation. Click here to see an impressive map of all the riders. For some Vancouver cyclists, the winter season signals the end of outdoor cycling. Here are some tips to help keep…
concussion suicide
February 9, 2016
Concussion Increases Suicide Risk
Adults who suffer "mild" concussion injuries are three times more likely to die by taking their own lives than the rest of the population according to a recent Canadian study. Researchers suggest a better long-term follow-up for concussion patients. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found There was an average delay of…
road rage in Vancouver
February 4, 2016
Road Rage Rising
Have you experienced road rage while driving? If so, you're not alone. Road rage behaviour includes rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe manner or making threats. A recent survey indicated one in three Canadian drivers engage in road rage behaviour, commonly triggered by distracted drivers, tailgaters, cutting people off, taking up two…
App Diagnoses Concussions
February 2, 2016
App Diagnoses Concussions
Did 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…
football CTE death
January 29, 2016
Another NFL Concussion Death
Tyler 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…