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What Could Cause Cerebral Palsy at Birth?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 323 children in the US suffer from cerebral palsy, a condition that may be caused by an injury to a developing brain. Cerebral palsy affects balance and posture. Certain types of medical mistakes before and during birth could cause your child to develop cerebral palsy. Possible medical mistakes may include: Delaying a necessary cesarean section (C-section) during fetal distress could cause a baby to suffer oxygen deprivation, which may lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy. The improper use of medical instruments, such as forceps or a vacuum extractor, could result in brain damage and cerebral palsy. Maternal infections could cause a baby to suffer brain damage if the baby is not properly treated. Additional types of emergencies during delivery, such as a prolapsed umbilical cord, could lead to brain damage if they are not treated in a…
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Can Winter Coats Keep Child Car Seats from Working?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that child car seats reduce the risk of death during a motor vehicle accident by 54 percent for passengers between 1 and 4 years old. Compared to regular seatbelt use, booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children between 4 and 8 years old. Safety seats can save your child’s life or reduce the risk of life-altering injuries during a car crash. Therefore, it is important to use the these seats correctly. You should never strap your child into a car seat if they are wearing a bulky winter coat. A winter coat compresses during a car crash, which leaves the car seat’s straps too loose to be effective. Some people familiar with this subject swear by the “pinch test” to determine if your child’s jacket is too bulky for the car seat. The pinch…
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NTSB Finds Positive Train Control Would Have Prevented Amtrak Cascades 501 Crash

Last week, our blog discussed how positive train control (PTC) can prevent passenger train crashes. In December, Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed after going around a turn at almost 50 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. The crash resulted in three deaths and multiple injuries. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said PTC could have prevented Amtrak Cascades Train 501 from crashing. According to an NTSB report, PTC would have alerted the Amtrak engineer to slow down before entering the curve. The NTSB said the train would have slowed itself down if the warnings had been ignored. PTC was installed on the line where the derailment occurred, but it was not operational. The NTSB’s report also found that speed reduction signs were posted two miles before the curve and at the start of the curve. Amtrak Cascades Train 501 entered the curve at 78 miles per…
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