Walk safely: How to be a good pedestrian

Walking to work. Jogging down a busy street. Even just walking through a parking lot. At one time or another, we are all pedestrians. Unfortunately, it seems like we hear about a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle on an increasingly regular basis. It begs the question: how many of these crashes could have been… Learn More »

“Vision Zero”: there’s a big hole in the plan to eliminate Portland traffic deaths

“Vision Zero” is a traffic safety project that aims for the goal of zero traffic fatalities. It’s been adopted by cities worldwide – and now includes Portland, Oregon. It’s a wide-ranging plan, with heavy emphasis on public education and prioritization of safety. Vision Zero Safety Pledge:  I will behave safely and courteously at all times… Learn More »

Distracted Driving: Multi-Tasking Is a Myth

When you’re driving, there’s an old saying that tells you to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. This is easier said than done. In our fast-paced world, motorists are distracted by a wide variety of activities that take their attention away from their primary task, which should be driving.… Learn More »

Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents as School Begins

Summer is almost over— soon nearly 54 million children across the nation will be back on our roads, walking and biking to school. Motorists need to be extra careful while driving during the times children are traveling to and from school. Drivers should always slow down and obey all traffic laws, especially when traveling in school zones. The… Learn More »

Recent Trucking Regulations Impact Safety

Driver fatigue is often overlooked as a cause for traffic accidents. Truck drivers are especially affected by fatigue given the nature of their job and work schedules. Previous studies have shown that a truck driver remaining awake for 17 hours results in response times 50% slower than that of a well-rested driver. Another factor that… Learn More »

Revisiting Safety Standards in Buses

Many have called for a review of safety standards for both trucks and buses in light of the tragic crash between a Fed Ex truck and a charter bus that killed 10 people in Northern California earlier this month. While the National Traffic and Safety Board (NTSB) has pushed for “seatbelts, emergency exits and fire-safety… Learn More »

Important Facts about Strokes and Increased Danger for Women

Most of us know how dangerous strokes are. While strokes can and often are lethal, they also can cause varying degrees of brain damage, paralysis, and severe cognitive deficits. Often the amount of time that elapses between the stroke and treatment determines the patient’s recovery or permanent damage. Stroke is currently the fourth leading cause… Learn More »

Improving the “Standard” Way of Thinking

The number of cars on the road has increased by leaps and bounds since the invention of roads. The highway engineers now focus on creating wider, faster roads to allow for the increased traffic. However, many engineers have lost sight of what is most important: Safety. As described by engineer Charles Marohn, ”First comes speed;… Learn More »

How Pediatric Corporate Dentistry May Affect Your Child

One of the most celebrated provisions of the Affordable Care Act has been mandated coverage for pediatric dental benefits. With the expansion of Medicaid, there has also been a sizable population of newly insured children as well. Unfortunately not all dental providers will accept Medicaid and parents may have few options when choosing a pediatric… Learn More »

Prevent Childhood Injury

Harmony Miller, MPH Each year, an estimated 8.7 million children are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional injuries. 225,000 of them are hospitalized. Every day, about 2 dozen children die from their injuries. That is 9,000 preventable child deaths, every year. Unintentional injuries include those caused by suffocation, drowning, falls, motor vehicle collisions, and concussion… Learn More »