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Seatbelt use tied to lower risk for severe liver injuries

Drivers in California who are wondering about the many benefits of seatbelt use can consider the following study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. After analyzing thousands of cases of liver injuries in car accident victims from 2010 to 2015 (as found in the National Trauma Data Bank), researchers discovered that those who were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash were 21 percent less likely to incur severe liver injuries.

Seatbelts and airbags combined were shown to reduce the risk by 26 percent, but because the two depend on each other, airbags alone cannot even reduce the injury severity. It is also clear that seatbelts do not prevent liver injuries from occurring in the first place. However, the difference is still vital: 15 percent of patients who incurred severe liver injuries died, compared to 8 percent of those who suffered from mild or moderate injuries.

What nursing homes don't tell residents

Most nursing homes in California and elsewhere offer quality care to their patients. However, there are issues that individuals may need to be aware of before choosing to live in one. For example, residents aren't always allowed to move freely or interact with others in the residence. Half of the residents in one study said that they were lonely or felt isolated from others.

In addition to not having their social needs met, some nursing home residents aren't getting enough to eat. Over half of the participants in a study review done by Nursing Older People said that they were constipated. Furthermore, people who live in such environments tend to experience anorexia of aging at higher rates than others do. When a person enters a nursing home, he or she could be required to use the doctor that he or she is assigned. This could mean having to end a relationship with a previous physician.

Study highlights the dangers of distracted driving

Motorists looking at cell phone screens instead of the road are becoming an alarmingly common sight on the roads of California. A recent study released by the technology company EverDrive suggests that the problem of distracted driving is becoming an increasingly serious problem across the country. The study was based on data provided by 300,000 drivers who downloaded the EverDrive safety application, and the researchers involved say that this means the results may not reflect the full scale of the problem.

According to the research team, this is the case because individuals who download an app designed to encourage them to drive more safely may be less likely to engage in risky behavior behind the wheel, like using a cell phone. The study indicates that drivers in the Northeast spend the most amount of time looking at cell phone screens each day, and motorists in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama are the most distracted in the country.

How to stop a dog from hurting a person

Keeping a dog can have many benefits for those who are living in California and throughout the country. However, it is possible for any dog to bite if it is stressed, not socialized properly or experiencing a medical condition. Children are more likely to get bitten by a dog, and more than half of dog bites are caused by animals that a victim is familiar with.

To reduce the odds that a dog will bite, it is a good idea to get it trained by someone who will reward the animal for good behavior rather than punish it for bad behavior. A dog should never be left alone with a young child as the animal can quickly go from being happy to upset in a matter of seconds. Those who own a dog or who are around dogs should understand the signs of an animal that is stressed. A few of those signs include yawning, attempting to hide or averting its gaze.

Take these important steps after a car accident

It's easy to assume you'll know what to do if you're part of a car accident, but things have a way of changing if you find yourself in this situation.

For this reason, it's important to have a clear idea of the many steps you need to take in the event of a car accident.

Study finds daydreaming drivers are dangerous

California motorists may know about the dangers of texting and driving, but one study says that there is a far more dangerous activity that drivers engage in, and it is one that is difficult to prevent. According to Erie Insurance, in nearly two-thirds of distracted driving accidents involving a fatality, daydreaming is a factor.

The company used the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a nationwide database of deadly motor vehicle accidents that includes causes of accidents as determined by law enforcement. In the five-year period that it studied, there were 172,000 motor vehicle fatalities, and 10 percent of them were due to distracted driving. At least one person was daydreaming in 61 percent of those accidents while accidents in which cellphones were a factor comprised only 14 percent of distracted driving fatalities.

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is a primary cause of vehicle accidents each year across California and the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3,500 deaths each year are due to distracted driving.

Distracted driving is any behavior that diverts a driver's attention away from the road. This can include texting, talking on the phone, drinking, or conversing with a passenger. Other examples of distracted driving can include changing the radio station or the navigation system. Anything that can steal an individual's attention away from the road can be a cause of distracted driving. Activities such as texting or e-mailing while driving can be especially dangerous given the risks of looking away from the road.

How many people died in 2017 due to a dog bite?

If you had to guess, how many people do you think have died in the United States since 2005 as a result of a dig attack or dog bite? You may think that the number is quite low, given the relative rarity of such a fatal incident in comparison to, say, a motor vehicle accident. However, the number of fatalities related to dog bites from 2005 to 2017 was still pretty jarring. 433 people died in these incidents.

In 2017, there were 39 deaths related to dog bites, with 74 percent of the cases (29 in total) involving a pit bull. Those numbers were up from the previous year, with 2016 having 31 dog bite-related fatalities and 71 percent of those cases (22 in total) involving pit bulls.

Understand types of mistreatment in nursing homes

Deciding that your loved one can't safely live at home any longer and must move into a nursing home isn't done easily. In all likelihood, you've exhausted all other options before finally agreeing to this major decision. When your loved one does move into a nursing home, you need to make sure that you choose one that will provide optimal care.

On the surface, many nursing homes seem like they will provide loving care. The issue is that when visitors leave, the staff might not behave in the same manner as when they are present.

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