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October 2011 Archives

Halloween Ice Causes Spooky, Scary Drive for Morning Commuters

All of the Philadelphia area experienced an unseasonable freeze Halloween morning, causing countless car accidents and truck accidents. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the ice was responsible for accidents throughout the Philadelphia metro and surrounding suburbs such as Doyletown, Downingtown and Atlantic City.

Doctors Must Take Anesthesia Precautions for Obese, Asthmatic Children

New studies on obese or asthmatic children and anesthesia show that there are greater risks than children without asthma or of normal weight. The anesthesia complications evaluated in the studies included airway spasms and other lung and airway issues.

Former Student Killed in Pedestrian Accident at Homecoming Celebration

A Pittsburgh resident who returned to Villanova for their homecoming celebration was hit and killed along Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr at 11:20 p.m. While the accident is still under investigation, witnesses who have spoken to the family of the 23-year-old who was struck called the accident "unavoidable." It appeared that the woman was running across the street to catch a friend when the car accident occurred.

The Dangers of GPS Devices Rival The Hazards of Cell Phones

Most drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving even if they choose to ignore them and continue to text and drive. Drivers often fail to consider the hazards of using a Global Positioning System (GPS) affixed to the dashboard. A GPS can easily distract an otherwise attentive driver, causing a serious or fatal car accident.

New Study Links Low Birth Weight to Chance of Increased Autism Risk

A study completed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia evaluated 1,100 premature babies to evaluate their risk of autism. The researchers found that of the preemies studied, there was a five percent chance of an autism spectrum diagnosis by the age of 21.

Philadelphia's Pedestrian Signs Warn of Crosswalk Right-of-Way

In an effort to raise awareness to the right-of-way for pedestrians in crosswalks, Pennsylvania created large yellow signs ten years ago to be placed in the median. The goal was to remind drivers that they must stop should a pedestrian or bicyclist enter the crosswalk.

Brain Injuries Caused by Sports on the Rise Among Teens

As more and more young adults and teens participate in sports, medical professionals are documenting a disturbing trend in brain injuries. Sports-induced brain injuries have risen approximately 60 percent among young adults and teens throughout the United States in the past decade.

Recognizing Cerebral Palsy Symptoms in Your Baby

The birth of a child is an exciting time for you and your family. In many cases, the anxiety of labor and delivery is over and the family can celebrate the arrival of a new baby. For some families, however, the infant's behavior can raise questions about the possibility of cerebral palsy. This blog will help family members understand the symptoms of cerebral palsy, which is a disorder that can be caused by a birth injury.

Philadelphia Hit-and-Run Driver Injures 11-Year-Old Boy

An 11-year-old boy was struck by a passing car in southwest Philadelphia while he was skateboarding. Witnesses said that the driver of the vehicle got out of her car, looked at the boy on the ground, got back in her car and fled the scene of the pedestrian and car accident.

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