MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. If your rights have been violated at work, you may think that you’d have the right to sue your employer. For example, if you suffer a sexual assault at work and your company does nothing, many workers would think that they would have the right to sue. Or, if your employer steals your wages or subjects you to discrimination, you’d think you would have the right to fight back. However, as more companies force workers to sign forced arbitration agreements, some workers facing these very challenges find themselves unable to sue. The New York Times reports that the changes have essentially led to the privatization of the justice system, denying victims of corporate abuse their fair day in court.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. AzCentral reports that after a semi-truck crashed into a Greyhound bus in New Mexico, passing motorists stopped to help bus passengers escape the wreckage. These bystanders are heroic. Their actions helped countless people escape to safety, and their vigilance possibly helped prevent other accidents from occurring. However, when drivers witness accidents on highways, they could unwittingly put themselves in danger by stopping to help. If you witness an accident on Minnesota roads, what can you do to help?
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. According to the Star Tribune, University of Minnesota researchers have started using 3-D printers to create “scaffolds” that can contain neuron stem cells that can then be used to repair spinal cord damage. While medical professionals have been able to print plastic scaffolds using live cells, it is only recently that researchers have been able to print scaffolds able to preserve the sensitive neural cells within them. Until recently, the cells would have been damaged during the printing process. The stem cells used in the scaffold are capable of producing brain cells and spinal cord cells. The body on its own isn’t able to regenerate spinal cord cells, which is why spinal cord injuries are so devastating. A severed spinal cord cannot be repaired and can lead to paralysis and loss of sensation below the level of injury.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. It’s back to school season. For children who ride the school bus, parents, teachers, and community members are taking the time to teach children school bus safety. Yet, this year, as temperatures reach record highs in some parts of the country, parents, teachers, and schools need to consider yet another risk that school buses pose to children—heat.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. According to Outside Magazine, more carbon fiber bike riders are suffering injuries when their bikes collapse beneath them. Carbon fiber bikes are lightweight and inexpensive, but they may not be as durable as bike owners may believe. In fact, there have been reports of individuals suffering serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, when their bikes pretty much disintegrated beneath them while they were riding.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. The duck boat accident that killed 17 people in Missouri reached national headlines and broke hearts. Now, CNN reports that a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the duck boat company. After the duck boat accident took place, there were many questions in the media about how the accident could have happened, and why the accident occurred.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. Scientific American recently reported on a study that links the development of autism with maternal high blood pressure or diabetes. Women who have diabetes are at the greatest risk of giving birth to a child with autism. Yet diabetes was not the only condition that the researchers found linked to autism. Women who had high blood pressure or preeclampsia also ran a higher risk of giving birth to a child with autism. Children born to mothers with preeclampsia were found to have a 50% higher risk of developing autism. Babies born to mothers with high blood pressure were also at an increased risk of developing ADHD.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. Should a hotel or inn be held responsible when a person isn’t able to dial 911 in an emergency? While most phones allow you to dial 911 easily, some hotel or inn phones require users to dial an extra zero, nine, or one to access an outside line. Many of these systems don’t have a bypass in place for emergency situations.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. If you’ve been in a car accident and have suffered a traumatic brain injury and are also overweight, recent studies have shown that you could be at a greater risk of chronic disease. According to Psych Central, new studies reveal that patients who suffer traumatic brain injury who are also obese may need additional support to help them prevent the development of other chronic illnesses. The study also offers insight into the long-term risks that traumatic brain injury victims might face. Overall, the study shows that traumatic brain injury patients may need additional support when it comes to managing their weight and their overall health following a traumatic brain injury.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. Do you snore so loudly at night that your partner has trouble sleeping beside you? If so, you may have a potentially serious condition known as sleep apnea. According to the New York Times, sleep apnea is a condition that can arrest a person’s breathing during the night. Individuals who have sleep apnea may not get the rest they need because they may be awoken several times during the course of a night. When breathing stops during the night, it can deprive the brain of oxygen. People with sleep apnea often suffer from fatigue.