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March 2019 Archives

Reducing blood pressure may prevent worsening brain damage

Living with any type of brain damage can present many challenges for Nevada residents, especially older individuals. A new study suggests being more aggressive with blood pressure treatments may help minimize issues with worsening brain damage. Over a three-year period, older subjects that took medication to keep their systolic blood pressure - the pressure in blood vessels when the heart beats - around 130 mm Hg experienced less accumulation of brain lesions that are considered to be harmful.

How to exit a startup smoothly

In early 2019, a company called Meta was unable to continue funding research into creating an augmented reality product. Therefore, it was unable to continue operations despite once being valued at close to $250 million. If such a large company can fail, Nevada startup owners should understand that theirs could too regardless of how large it gets. It is also important to know that selling a startup can cause a wide range of emotions.

Nevada considers "textalyzer," but privacy concerns remain

Nevada residents should know that their state may become one of the first to allow police to use a device called a "textalyzer," which can determine if a driver was distracted prior to a crash. The textalyzer connects to a phone and looks for any signs of user activity. It does not access or store personal content, but it can determine if users, for example, opened a Facebook messenger call screen.

'Sleep Suit' from Ford simulates dangers of fatigued driving

For World Sleep Day (March 15), Ford underlined the connection between proper rest and safe driving with its "Sleep Suit." Nevada residents who are curious should know that the suit will be integrated into the free driver training program Ford Driving Skills for Life. This is aimed at those aged 17 to 24. Incidentally, transport accidents are the No. 1 cause of death among young individuals.

Car accidents can cause traumatic brain injury

Nevada residents who are involved in car accidents can suffer several different types of injuries. Broken bones, dislocations, whiplash injuries, psychological trauma and soft tissue injuries are all common. Traumatic brain injuries can also occur, which may lead to long-term effects. Rehabilitation can in many cases mitigate the long-term ramifications of traumatic brain injury. A rehabilitation program might include physical therapy, occupational therapy, inpatient care or other medical intervention.

Mild TBI raises risk for PTSD, MDD

A mild traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as a concussion, can increase one's chances of developing mental health issues. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California in San Diego, the results of which were published in JAMA Psychiatry. Nevada residents should know that the chance for developing post-traumatic stress disorder and a major depressive disorder is especially high.

Best practices during mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions can be powerful strategic tools for Nevada businesses looking to access a larger market share. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that many U.S. corporations bought up companies over the past year, setting one of the highest records for mergers and acquisitions during 2018.

Pedestrian accidents are on the rise

Driving is such a common, everyday activity that some people don't think twice about the risk involved in getting behind the wheel. If a vehicle crash is considered at all, it is with the hope it involves a minor fender bender with no serious injuries to the drivers or other car occupants. However, an increase in a specific type of accident may make Nevada residents more aware of safety issues: Vehicle crashes involving pedestrians have increased in significant numbers. This is especially chilling for cities such as Las Vegas that have large numbers of pedestrians in certain downtown areas.

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