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Nursing Home Reform in Illinois

This week, Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed into law SB 326, a landmark nursing home safety reform bill. This legislation is designed to improve living conditions by increasing the number of nursing home inspectors and nursing staff, and increasing licensing fees. And–perhaps most important–there are provisions designed to reduce chronic violence that has been reported …

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Guess Who Has Another Recall? Yup…Toyota.

Another huge Toyota recall. Nothing important, really…just POTENTIAL LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL. Okay, I guess that is kinda important. TOYOTA AVALON On its website, Toyota reports that it is recalling 373,000 model year 2000-2004 Toyota Avalons in the United States. Apparently, the steering lock bar–a component of the steering interlock system, is defective. A tiny …

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NFL Releases New Concussion Poster

Finally, finally, finally!  Professional locker rooms across the country will be undergoing minor redecoration, with players’ health in mind. The National Football League (NFL) has released its official, new poster, which clearly lists symptoms of concussion and potential long-term effects. In one section, the poster says that traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to “…problems …

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Post-Traumatic Epilepsy Decades After Injury

A study of nearly 200 Vietnam vets found that 13% of those with penetrating head wounds developed epilepsy more than 14 years later. A few veterans had new seizures that popped up 45 years after the initial injury. The results of the Vietnam Head Injury Study, published in the journal Neurology, confirmed that epilepsy is common …

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Stay Healthy in the Heat

Yesterday’s rain storms did nothing to alleviate the dreadful heat. Windows everywhere were steaming up with condensation. Even after dark, a short walk turned several of us into winners in an unofficial “who can sweat more” contest. Today is worse. Excessive heat warnings remain in effect, with temperatures reaching triple digits, and heat index predictions …

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