March 2012 Archives

Sports-Related Head Injuries

The leading cause of death from sports-related injuries is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Twenty-one percent of all TBIs among American children/adolescents are related to sports and recreational activities. A TBI can be the result of when the head is suddenly and violently hit by an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. The symptoms of a TBI can vary depending on the severity of the damage done to the brain. A mild case can result in a brief change in mental state or consciousness, while a severe case can result in extended periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, there were an estimated 446,788 sports-related head injuries in 2009.

Sports-Related Head Injuries

The leading cause of death from sports-related injuries is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Twenty-one percent of all TBIs among American children/adolescents are related to sports and recreational activities. A TBI can be the result of when the head is suddenly and violently hit by an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. The symptoms of a TBI can vary depending on the severity of the damage done to the brain. A mild case can result in a brief change in mental state or consciousness, while a severe case can result in extended periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, there were an estimated 446,788 sports-related head injuries in 2009.

Argentinian Train Crash

On Wednesday February 22, there was a terrible train crash in Argentina. At least 49 people have been killed and hundreds of people have been injured. The morning train was full of rush-hour commuters and the train crashed head-on into a barrier at a station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The train should have stopped before it came close to the barrier, and a video of the crash even shows people waiting on the train station platform as the train passes them and the camera. The crash caused the train's second station to be pushed 6 meters into the first section. Horrifying videos show rescuers pulling windows of the twisted train open to get passengers and carry bloody passengers onto stretchers to safety.

Ways to Improve Your Memory

Whether you realize it or not, there are specific steps you can take to improve your memory. Here are a few tips for keeping your brain healthy and enhancing your ability to remember:

Ways to Improve Your Memory

Whether you realize it or not, there are specific steps you can take to improve your memory. Here are a few tips for keeping your brain healthy and enhancing your ability to remember:

PG&E's $70 million settlement with San Bruno

PG&E will pay the City of San Bruno $70 million as compensation for the 2010 gas pipeline explosion. As part of the deal, San Bruno will have to cap at $50 million in a separate trust fund that PG&E created. This fund will be used to replace infrastructure destroyed in the blast, pay for social services for residents, and city staff time. No decisions have been made as to how the money will be spent. San Bruno will form a nonprofit that will manage the money and the decisions will be made after a public process. PG&E President Chris Johns claims that the payment to San Bruno will be taken out of shareholders' pocket and not that of the ratepayers.

PG&E's $70 million settlement with San Bruno

PG&E will pay the City of San Bruno $70 million as compensation for the 2010 gas pipeline explosion. As part of the deal, San Bruno will have to cap at $50 million in a separate trust fund that PG&E created. This fund will be used to replace infrastructure destroyed in the blast, pay for social services for residents, and city staff time. No decisions have been made as to how the money will be spent. San Bruno will form a nonprofit that will manage the money and the decisions will be made after a public process. PG&E President Chris Johns claims that the payment to San Bruno will be taken out of shareholders' pocket and not that of the ratepayers.

Cruise ship Travelers Beware

In late February, passengers who were traveling on a Carnival Splendor cruise were robbed by hooded gunman. The 22 passengers left the ship in port city of Puerto Vallarta to go on a nature hike in the jungle. All the passengers took a bus to the hike and the robbers intercepted this bus right as it reached the pueblo of Nogalito, which is a spot known for having a spectacular jungle with waterfalls and tropical wildlife. The gunmen came onto the bus at around 5:00pm and took passengers' money and valuable items such as watches, camera, and other jewelry. After leaving the bus, the men fled to the hillside. Luckily, none of the passengers were hurt and they all made it back safely to the cruise ship.

Cruise ship Travelers Beware

In late February, passengers who were traveling on a Carnival Splendor cruise were robbed by hooded gunman. The 22 passengers left the ship in port city of Puerto Vallarta to go on a nature hike in the jungle. All the passengers took a bus to the hike and the robbers intercepted this bus right as it reached the pueblo of Nogalito, which is a spot known for having a spectacular jungle with waterfalls and tropical wildlife. The gunmen came onto the bus at around 5:00pm and took passengers' money and valuable items such as watches, camera, and other jewelry. After leaving the bus, the men fled to the hillside. Luckily, none of the passengers were hurt and they all made it back safely to the cruise ship.

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