October, 2010 | Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Blog Archive
During the dark of night, 14 horses escaped from the ranch on which they were kept and entered the 91 Freeway. A woman struck one that had died in the lane in which she was traveling; then another car crashed into her while attempting to avoid the animals. The auto accident left her severely injured. Recently, we were able to reach a successful settlement for her after proving the ranch owners’ liability in the matter, explains a California injury lawyer.
U.S. professional swimmer Fran Crippen died during a 10-kilometer marathon on Saturday, October 23 in the United Arab Emirates. During the event, several of the athletes complained about the water temperature which was in the 80’s. Although the cause of the athlete’s death is still under investigation, several sporting organizations have suggested severe fatigue and heart attack caused by the overheated water.
The latest treatment being utilized by orthopedic surgeons, heart surgeons, and even plastic surgeons does not involve adding or taking anything away from the body—just rearranging it. Used by dentists since the 1970s, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) speeds up and enhances the healing process when injected into specific areas of the body, whether in tendons, ligaments, cartilage, or heart tissue. PRP is the product of a process called blood spinning, in which a physician takes a couple of ounces of blood from a patient, spins it in a centrifuge to extract the platelets, and then injects the platelet-rich plasma into the patient’s injury site. Responsible for the secretion of growth factors that promote healing, platelets—or blood concentrated with them—have become the favored method of injury recovery among athletes, as well as a growing percentage of the general population.
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