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Driver fatigue contributes to Colorado accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue contributes to 2 percent of nonfatal accidents and 2.5 percent of fatal accidents in Colorado and around the country. CDC officials believe that these figures are too low and that as many as 25 percent of fatal accidents involve driver fatigue. However, fatigue is not always documented in police reports. This is partially due to the fact that no tests exist to determine whether the driver is tired.

Researchers study pressure ulcers with computer simulation

Patients in Colorado with spinal cord injuries are more vulnerable to pressure ulcers due to their impaired movement. Pressure ulcers are lesions that develop on patients' bodies when they spend a great deal of time lying down. According to a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, tissues in immobile patients do not receive an adequate supply of oxygen. When an immobile patient is moved, blood flow in the patient's body resumes suddenly, and a pressure ulcer may develop because of inflammation.

Study approved for clinical trials to assist motor function

Colorado residents may know that a spinal cord injury may impact motor function and dramatically impact an individual's life. However, a team being led by an engineer from Stanford has developed a brain-controlled device that may allow a motor-impaired individual to move using his or her thought processes.

Researchers identify blood protein linked to brain injuries

When someone in Colorado goes to an emergency room with head trauma, a physician will normally perform a CT scan to look for bleeding in the brain. If no bleeding is apparent, the person will be sent home. As some head trauma victims know, however, everything may not be fine. Brain injuries can inflict headaches, muscle weakness, poor memory, coma and other symptoms for weeks and months.

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