Study Sheds New Light on Sexual Assault Risks

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A new study conducted by the University of Iowa finds that girls from affluent families are much less likely to be subjected to sexual assault.

A new study conducted by the University of Iowa finds that girls from affluent families are much less likely to be subjected to sexual assault. In fact, the research found very significant declines in assault rates with an increase in income levels.

The study focused on 1,000 girls below the age of 17, and examined the incidence of sexual assault among these girls. These girls came from a cross section of income levels. The study found that girls, who came from affluent families, were less likely to be sexually assaulted. When income levels touched approximately $92,000 for a four person family, the risk of being sexually assaulted dropped by more than 50%.

The research was published recently in the International Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect. The researchers found that the risk of assault for girls between the ages of 4 and 17 dropped from 5.3 to 5.6%, once the household income reached 400% of the poverty threshold. That translates into an income of approximately $ 92,000 per annum.

The research also confirmed earlier findings that girls who had educated mothers with at least a high school level of education, had a lower risk of being subjected to sexual assault. A solid family background, with the presence of both parents in the girl’s lives during early childhood also translated into a lower risk of sexual assault. Girls, whose biological parents were present in their lives from the time they were born to the age of one, had a lower risk of sexual assault.

Sexual assault is a nationwide problem, and according to the study, as many as one in 10 girls suffers sexual assault. Sexual assault is different from sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is much more common, and it is believed that as many as one in five girls are subject to abuse. Abuse refers to inappropriate behavior that can include everything from pressure for sex to voyeurism.

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Daylight Savings Time Change Safety Tips for Pedestrians, Motorists

The daylight savings time change now in effect across California essentially means that you will be walking and driving in darker conditions more than before.

The daylight savings time change now in effect across California essentially means that you will be walking and driving in darker conditions more than before.

The daylight savings time change now in effect across California essentially means that you will be walking and driving in darker conditions more than before. That automatically means a higher risk of accidents, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Ministration has already warned that the Daylight Savings Time 2013 which ended on November 3 could increase the risk of auto and pedestrian accidents.

Many of us have already noticed the difference as we drive home in darkness . The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking both motorists and pedestrians to exercise additional caution as they drive and walk home in the darkness over the next few months.

Motorists must drive at low speeds to help them see pedestrians in time while driving. You are driving in darker conditions now, and it may be more difficult to notice a pedestrian. Also look out for pedestrians who may be distracted with their headphones, or because their ears are now covered with hats, wool caps and earmuffs. They may not be able to hear your approaching car.

High visibility is more important now more than ever. Make sure that the windshield of your car and window glass is sparkling clean. Your windshield wipers should be working properly, and defrosters must be at functioning capacity.

The daylight savings time change also means additional danger for pedestrians walking in the darkness. If you are walking in the evening, carry a flashlight. Retro reflective tape is a lifesaver for pedestrians walking in dark conditions. Stick tape to your clothing, bags and purses. You can use florescent tape to reflect the light from the tape back to drivers, helping them to see you. Walk on sidewalks wherever possible, be extra careful and look both sides for approaching vehicles while crossing the street, and avoid distractions while walking.

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Preventing Truck Accidents in California

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Truck accidents are known to result in serious injuries and fatalities, and also cost the economy billions of dollars every year.

In 2011, more than 264 large trucks were involved in accidents across the state of California. Truck accidents can have a devastating impact, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities, and also costing the economy billions of dollars every year.

There are specific techniques to driving around trucks that every motorist must be aware of. Driving around a truck requires extra alertness and caution. According to Road Safe America, one of the most important things to do when you’re driving around a truck is to avoid driving in the blind spot around the truck. Keep this basic simple rule in mind. If while driving, you are not able to see the side mirrors of the truck, then take it for granted that the truck driver cannot see you. It is very important to be aware of the blind spots around the truck, and avoid these as much as possible. According to statistics, as many as one -third of all truck accidents involving a large commercial truck and a smaller vehicle take place in these blind spots.

Driving cautiously is extremely important, when you are right in front of or following a tractor-trailer. Avoid cutting in front of a large truck. Keep in mind that a large commercial truck takes a much longer time to come to a complete stop after the driver applies the brakes. The truck can collide with your vehicle with possibly serious consequences.

Use correct procedures when you’re passing a large commercial vehicle on the highway. Maintain consistent speeds while passing, and avoid loitering around the blind spots at the sides of the truck.

When you are sharing the highway with a tractor-trailer, observe the driver’s turn signals before trying to pass the truck. Observe closely if the truck driver is trying to make a left turn, and if he is starting a left turn, check which way the driver is signaling, before you try to pass the truck on the right.

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Speeding Can Cause Truck Accidents

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According to a new study, approximately 19% of all truck drivers involved in truck accidents had at least one speeding conviction in the past.

In 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 19% of all truck drivers involved in accidents had at least one speeding conviction in the past. Speeding can be a major factor contributing to tractor-trailer truck accidents in the United States.

Speeding for a truck driver could mean any number of things. For instance, a trucker is required to drive at the speed limits that are posted on the highway. However, there are times when driving at the posted speed limits can be dangerous.  For instance, when a truck driver is driving in bad weather, his chances of being involved in an accident may be much greater, even if he is traveling at the posted speed limits. During snowy weather, or heavy rain, or stormy or windy conditions, a truck driver must use caution to drive extra safety. In such cases, he must drop his speed to appropriate limits, in order to avoid losing control of his truck in adverse weather conditions.

Similarly, when a truck is operating in road conditions that do not allow him to travel at the posted speed limits, the driver must drop speeds to accommodate these conditions. An experienced driver should be able to judge what kind of speeds are ideal for these specific road and weather conditions.

Driving at excessive speeds can cause a truck driver to lose control of the truck, and can cause a truck rollover. Driving too fast on roads that have been made to wet by rain can cause hydroplaning, which can also increase the risk of an accident. A truck driver who is driving at excessive speeds may also not be able to stop the truck in time to avoid an accident. There is also a real danger of jackknifing  because of excessive speeds.

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Balance Training Could Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents in Elderly

 

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A new study finds that an exercise program that includes balance training could help reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents involving the elderly.

For years now, geriatric health experts have recommended that senior citizens adopt a comprehensive exercise and fitness program, to reduce their risk of fall accidents. Seniors may have a much higher risk of falls, and those risks can be reduced by investing in a strength and training program. Now, new research finds that a program that includes balance training could substantially help reduce the risk of Slip and Fall accidents involving the elderly.

The review was published recently in the Journal BMJ, and found that a balance training program can reduce the risk of suffering a slip and fall accident. It can also help improve the protective responses that a person implements during a slip and fall accident.

Fractures are serious injuries, but in younger persons, may not have a long-term impact. Fractures in the young may heal much quicker. However, in the elderly, fractures may take a much longer time to heal, or may never completely heal at all. In fact, if an elderly person has suffered a serious fracture like a hip fracture, his chances of dying actually increase significantly in the one year after the fall.

According to the review, the benefits of a well-designed exercise and training program that can help reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents involving the elderly are well-established. However, proving a conclusive association between fitness programs and a reduced risk of injuries, is trickier.

The review was based on an analysis of 17 separate studies that focused on the benefits of fall-prevention exercise programs on lowering a senior citizen’s risk of suffering fractures as well as other injuries caused by falls. The main exercise program in the studies was tai chi. However, most of the exercise programs included balance training and gait, strength and functional training. These programs are designed to help seniors perform daily routine activities. The researchers found a reduced risk of fall accidents after undergoing these training programs, but not necessarily a reduced risk of fractures.

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More Than 272 Sickened in California Salmonella Outbreak

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More than 270 people have been confirmed to have been sickened by a California salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated chicken.

Salmonella-related food poisoning has once again reared its ugly head in California. This time around, more than 270 people have been confirmed to have been sickened by a California salmonella outbreak. This time, the salmonella infection is being linked to contaminated chicken.

The chicken is believed to have been sourced from Foster Farms in California, and at least 278 people across 17 states have been infected. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 42% of the persons who have been infected as a result of this contamination, have been hospitalized. Fortunately, no fatalities have been linked to this outbreak so far. Most of the victims, or 77% are from California.

In this particular case, the strain of salmonella that caused the infection is the Heidelberg strain. Unfortunately this happens to be one of the most antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella, and this particular pathogen is resistant to most commonly used antibiotics for the treatment of salmonella. This means that patients who contract these infections are at a much higher risk of complications, and possibly much more likely to require hospitalization, because general antibiotic therapy will not help.

However, this particular outbreak is not likely to result in any recall of the contaminated chicken. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is quite usual for raw poultry to contain salmonella bacteria, and therefore, the only ways to prevent salmonella infection is to follow storing, handling and cooking practices, to remove all traces of the pathogens from the chicken.

What that means is that you must protect yourselves from the risk of infection, by making sure that chicken is refrigerated properly, washed in separate utensils and thawed and cooked thoroughly.

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New Study Finds That Fatal Accidents Involving Teens Continue to Rise

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A new recent study shows that fatal accidents involving teens continues to rise.

Another new study should end any complacency that parents or California transportation safety agencies have been feeling about teen safety. The study released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute clearly indicates that the risk of being involved in a fatal accident for teen motorists and passengers has actually increased over the past decade.

The report is titled “Are Teens Safer on the Road than They Were 10 Years Ago” and in the report, the researchers analyzed fatal accidents involving teens between the age of 13 and 17 over a decade-long period.

They then compared these crashes with other accidents involving young adult drivers between the age of 18 and 24 to develop a relative risk index.  The researchers found that the risk for teenage drivers driving with a single teen passenger increased over the last decade from a score of 3.7 to 5.1. That means that in 2011, novice drivers  had a five- times increased likelihood of being involved in a fatal accident, compared to young adult drivers during the same period of time.

Those risks increased significantly when novice drivers were driving with two or more passengers. When these young teenage drivers were carrying more than two passengers in their car, the risk was approximately 7.7, an increase of 5.9 just 10 years ago. Teenage drivers driving with two or more passengers were approximately 8 times more likely to experience or be involved in a fatal accident compared to young adults.

The researchers are pointing to a number of possible reasons for the spike. These reasons include an overall lack of experience involving young teenage drivers and the natural learning curve that is associated with operating a car. Besides, teenage drivers may be susceptible to feelings of invincibility, and may lack the understanding of the very serious consequences of being involved in a car accident.

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Revolutionary New Study Attempts to Find Out More About Car Accident Causes

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A new study is being conducted to find out more about car accident causes.

In spite of the fact, that close to 35,000 people are killed in auto accidents every year, there is still a lot that car accident lawyers do not know about what exactly happens just before an accident. Investigations often provide few clues about driver behavior and actions in the seconds leading up to the crash, and much of the crash investigation currently focuses on tire skid marks, cell phone records, and other tangible data that can help identify the causes of the accident. A new study could provide more answers to the mystery of exactly what happens before an accident.

The research is based on real-time study of driver behavior in a car environment just before an accident. The study is called the Naturalistic Driving Study, and is being coordinated by the Strategic Highway Research Program.

As many as 3,100 cars across the country have been equipped with a number of   devices that are aimed at monitoring and evaluating the driving environment in driver behavior while driving. These cars have been equipped with GPS devices, alcohol-detecting sensors, accelerometers, radar systems, and   other technologies. These devices have been installed to help track and monitor the driver’s use of brakes, turn signals, lights and horns.

For example, the alcohol-detecting sensors will detect if there is alcohol inside the car, and the camera systems that are installed in discrete locations will capture the gestures and expressions of the driver as he drives. There are other cameras that also record the driver’s interactions with the dashboard.

The point is to capture all possible data and information just before an accident, in the hope that this will provide clues into car accident causes. Obviously, this is a highly ambitious study, and a very exciting one too.

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Prevention of Snowboarding Accidents

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One of the major causes of snowboarding accidents and injuries every year is the use of defective or malfunctioning equipment. Call (800) 644-8000

One of the major factors in snowboarding accidents and injuries every year is the use of defective or malfunctioning equipment. If your snowboarding equipment consists of bindings that are too tight or loose, or if the equipment is not specific to your level, or the terrain, then it only increases your risks of being involved in an accident.

Equipment must be properly sized to the terrain that are using. Failure to use equipment that is built for your kind of use can increase your risk of being involved in an injurious accident.

Never attempt to snowboard without wearing helmets. Buy a helmet that complies with safety standards, and is manufactured by a reputed manufacturer. Wearing a helmet can substantially reduce the risks of being involved in a serious snowboarding accident. A collision with another snowboarder or a tree for instance, can increase your risk of suffering a brain injury. Those risks are substantially lower when you are snowboarding wearing a helmet.

However, in spite of all the advantages that come with wearing a helmet while snowboarding, not even half of snowboarders actually wear helmets every time. In fact, according to statistics, hardly about 50% of skiers and snowboarders wear helmets as a matter of routine while playing the sport.

If you are snowboarding in a park, make sure that you’re wearing other protective gear, including elbow and knee pads. These can reduce the risk of suffering joint fractures. Wearing protective equipment  plays a major role in helping reduce the risk of snowboarding accidents. In fact, it can reduce the risk by as much as 43%.

Make sure that you receive proper instructions before you begin snowboarding, and follow all instructions carefully. It’s important to warm up properly, and also cool down after snowboarding, and your instructors will be able to advise you properly regarding this.

Avoid snowboarding soon after lunch when you’re more likely to feel drowsy, and stop snowboarding when you begin to feel fatigued.

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Causes of Herniated Discs

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About 90% of all back injuries involve the lower back, and lower back pain is considered one of the leading causes of herniated discs across the globe.

Herniated discs are a major cause of back injuries and lower back pain across the country. In fact, according to some statistics, about 90% of all back injuries involve the lower back, and lower back pain is considered one of the leading causes of herniated discs across the globe.

Back pain is a serious and is a debilitating condition for Americans. It is estimated that as many as 80% of Americans suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. The pain is not just disabling and debilitating, but can also inflate medical expenses. Every year, Americans spend close to $50 billion in back pain in back injury treatment.

Many of these cases of pain and chronic back and lower back pain, can be linked to herniated discs or bulging discs. Most herniated discs and bulging discs are a result of auto accidents, or slip and fall accidents. In fact, these are the two major causes of herniated discs across the United States.

In some cases, people may not be able to pinpoint the exact reason for the herniated disc. This is often true in the case of workplace injuries and repetitive stress injuries. For instance, a person who works for a long period of time using his back muscles, or suddenly twists his back muscles to pick up an object, or bends or stoops in the wrong manner, can suffer from a herniated disc.  Twisting and turning while lifting can also cause a herniated disc. In fact, herniated discs are very often the cause of lower back pain and back injuries in the workplace.  In the workplace, a sudden traumatic injury to the back or fall can also lead to a herniated disc.

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