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May 2018 Archives

Future looks bright for worker co-ops

Baby boomers own approximately 12 million businesses in the U.S., plenty of which are small companies that help prop up local communities. Many of these small businesses need to prepare for their inevitable fates thanks to the fact that baby boomers are on the cusp of retiring. Lots of Nevada businesses will either have to change hands or close down.

Gene variant in TBI patients may cause psychiatric disorders

Traumatic brain injuries have been known to increase the risk for psychiatric disorders like PTSD, anxiety and depression. For example, the Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research found that out of the 13,000 veterans it analyzed, 80 percent who incurred a TBI were also diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. TBI patients in Nevada should know that a new study has discovered a gene variant that can worsen those conditions.

Fatal pedestrian accidents on the rise

Many people in Las Vegas like to get around by walking. However, the threat of injuries or fatalities due to pedestrian accidents has made crossing the street more dangerous. Indeed, thousands of people across the country lose their lives each year while walking along the roadways. Both walkers and drivers can be prone to distraction, a situation that can have devastating consequences. In 2017 alone, nearly 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives due to car accidents.

About NDAs

Nevada residents who use a non-disclosure agreement, or an NDA, may be using the legal document for their business dealings in the wrong way. There should be careful consideration given to whether an NDA is necessary, and if it is, whether the NDA that is needed should be a two-way NDA.

SUVs could be responsible for pedestrian death increase

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there has been a 46 percent increase in pedestrian deaths since 2009. Between 2009 and 2016, there has been an 81 percent rise in pedestrian deaths caused by SUVs according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Those who are at the most risk for being killed in a collision with an SUV are in warmer climates and in cities where individuals have lower incomes.

Safety group wants to eliminate all traffic deaths

Traffic deaths in Nevada and throughout the country could be eliminated by 2050 according to a group called the Road to Zero Coalition. It wants to accomplish this goal by implementing a variety of reforms and innovative solutions. For example, it wants to increase seat belt use from 90 percent to 100 percent. While this seems like a small gain, half of traffic deaths are to those who don't wear a seat belt.

Study looks at white matter changes after a mild TBI

About 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those TBIs, an estimated 75 percent are classified as mild. However, Nevada residents or others who experience a head injury could suffer from significant symptoms such as headaches or dizziness for weeks or longer. In an effort to provide better diagnoses of mild TBIs, researchers recently studied the white matter of male college football and rugby players.

Succession concerns for businesses

Business owners in Nevada who are thinking about moving on to the next phase of their lives have many factors to consider before ding so. Based on information from the California Association of Business Brokers, over 12 million businesses are owned by baby boomers who may be ready to transition into retirement.

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