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A traumatic brain injury can permanently affect cognition

You never wanted to find yourself in a situation where your life was changed in a negative way. Unfortunately, you cannot predict the effects that you will face from a variety of scenarios, and if you are involved in an accident, you could suffer a serious injury that changes your life forever.

New FBI data shows continued decline in crime rates in most areas

Each year, the FBI releases its Uniform Crime Reports for the previous year, which are based on data provided by local law enforcement agencies. These reports give us crucial information about what types of crimes, and how many, have been reported to police. Similar reports are issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which gauge how many crimes were actually committed, even if they weren't reported. These are the two main sources used to determine America's crime rate.

Researchers regrow some cells in mice with spinal injuries

When doctors refer to a "complete spinal cord injury," they mean that there has been a total severance of the spinal cord at some point in the neck or back. The gap prevents the brain from communicating with any part of the body connected below it. Unfortunately, these injuries have long been considered intractable, with no way to restore the communication and an extremely limited chance for improvement in the patient.

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury takes time

Any time you have ridden any type of open-air vehicle like a bicycle, motorcycle or ATV, you likely wore a helmet because you understood the importance of protecting your head and brain from injury. It may never have crossed your mind to wear a helmet inside a car or truck because the outer body of the vehicle would offer protection. However, you may have learned the hard way that you can suffer a serious brain injury even inside a car.

Dallas County is running 15-second, closed-door bail hearings

At the Dallas County jail, about 5,000 people are held behind bars every day. So far this year, only 23 percent have been able to post bail, leaving most trapped in pretrial detention. After days or weeks in jail, with their housing and jobs often lost, most end up pleading guilty regardless of their actual guilt.

Texas ranks high for safe drivers, but more needs to be done

Allstate has just released its 14th annual America's Best Drivers Report, which ranks the 200 largest U.S. cities on the frequency of car crashes. The rankings, which are based on Allstate claims data, also calculate how the likelihood of each city's residents to be in car crashes compared the average U.S. driver. American drivers, on average, are in a car crash every ten years or so.

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