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March 2016 Archives

Many factors affect spinal cord injury outcomes

Spinal cord injuries can impact your life in a variety of ways. In many cases, the extent of the effects you will experience are based on the area of the spinal cord that was injured. The type of injury that you suffered can also have an impact on the effects of the injuries.

Former soccer star hopes to aid research on female brain injury

There's been a lot of media attention in recent years given to the long-term effects of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries on football players of all ages. Less attention has been paid to athletes involved in soccer -- another sport where head injuries are common -- and still less on female soccer players.

Risk of suicide increases significantly after a concussion

The medical community has known for some time now that a concussion or other traumatic brain injury may cause depression and behavioral changes in those who suffer them. A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that people who have suffered a concussion have at least triple the risk of suicide compared to those who haven't.

What are 'never events?'

The list of things that can go wrong in a hospital can seem endless. If you or a loved one is going into the hospital, particularly if it's for a surgical procedure, more than a few have likely crossed your mind. However, last year, Health Quality Ontario compiled a list of 15 "never events." These are serious medical errors that can cause severe harm or death, yet are preventable if hospital staff members are doing their jobs as they should and using the proper checks and balances.

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