Brain Injury Prevention and Helmets are a Major Focus during May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month returns this May. NHTSA explains this annual event is “a national initiative aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to ‘share the road’ with each other.”
Much of the focus of this awareness month centers on the importance of helmet use to prevent serious injuries and death. According to NHTSA estimates, helmets saved 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives in 2008 alone. If every rider had been wearing a helmet that year, NHTSA believes 823 additional lives might have been saved.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that stroke is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Risk factors for stroke include inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes. At the moment, doctors have no medications to offer stroke victims to help them recover faster.
Around 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, which makes it one of the leading causes of long-term disability. Furthermore, we become more susceptible to stroke and recover slower as we get older, which is bad news for our aging baby boomer population.
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Safe Kids USA, a national network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury, announced that National Playground Safety Week is taking place this week from April 23 to April 27. The safety group notes that this awareness event “is a time to focus on your children's outdoor play environments.”
Safe Kids USA explains that unintentional childhood injuries, like those sustained on unsafe playgrounds, are the leading cause of death and disability for children between the ages of 1 and 14. In order to ensure playground safety, the national safety group provides parents with the following safety tips:
- Use playgrounds with a ground covering of shredded rubber, mulch, wood chips, or sand...