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What are the different types of fractures?

Bone fractures in Illinois can be serious injuries. This is especially true if the fracture occurs in one of the bones of your leg. The severity of your bone fracture depends on several different factors.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are several different classifications of bone fractures. Categorization takes place according to the direction of the fracture, the number of pieces and whether the surface of the skin breaks.

Science yields new hope for spine injury victims

A spinal cord injury is often permanently damaging. It is one of the worst personal injuries that can arise from accidents such as car crashes, falls and sports incidents.

Currently, no known cure exists for spinal cord injuries. However, that does not mean spinal cord injury survivors have no hope for the future. Thanks to modern technologies and new research, people with SCIs can lead long, fulfilling lives. 

Inspirational stories of people who beat medical odds

When a loved one suffers extreme physical trauma, it may seem like the end of the world. The prognosis may look dismal, and you may feel helpless and hopeless. While this reality is certainly true for many people, it is not a guaranteed fate.

Time after time, people beat the odds against them and not only recover, but also do things they never did before getting hurt. Here are two such stories of miraculous healing after severe injury.

What dangers can you find poolside?

As summer temperatures start setting into Illinois, you may be getting ready to take a dip in the nearest pool as soon as possible. Unfortunately, pools can be very dangerous places. Today, we'll discuss some potential sources of injury to keep an eye out for.

FindLaw first states that the risk of slipping and falling on the slick deck of a pool is one of the main concerns. Not only do you risk injuring yourself or hitting your head on the cement, but there is also a risk of drowning. It's far too easy for someone to knock themselves unconscious and slip into the pool before anyone notices that they're gone.

The power of meditation in controlling pain

Living with chronic pain due to an illness or injury can cause even the strongest person to get down and depressed. Medications may make it almost impossible to function normally and so it may come down to dealing with the pain or feeling numb.

What if there was an alternative to powerful painkillers? Mindfulness is a term that gets tossed around quite a bit these days, but the practice of utilizing the brain to ease pain and spur healing is getting more attention, especially in the face of the opioid epidemic. Familiarize yourself with some of the ways meditation can ease help you achieve physical and mental peace in the face of difficult circumstances.


As the weather warms up and people seek to leave town for a few days, a great vacation can sometimes be ruined by the reckless and negligent actions of other individuals that can cause serious or even permanent injury. Here are some of the common causes of injuries during summer vacations:

Crane collapse kills bystanders and workers

Construction cranes – those impossibly tall, imposing structures that loom over buildings under construction – are so much a part of the background in Illinois cities that many people rarely notice them, even when they have been present on a worksite for some time. However, these giant cranes can pose a significant danger for not only construction workers, but anyone nearby if something goes wrong, as a recent accident illustrated.

According to the Seattle Times, a construction crane that had been poised over a building collapsed in Seattle, Washington, last April, killing two workers and two people who had been on the street below. A driver caught the incident on his dashboard camera, which was analyzed by numerous safety experts. They concluded that the collapse likely happened because safety pins that stabilize construction cranes may have been removed all at once, rather than one section at a time, to dismantle the crane. They stated that this practice is common in the construction industry, although it is extremely dangerous, as a crane lacking safety pins can become unstable and collapse.

Take this quiz to test your medical term knowledge

If you have ever been to a hospital, you probably know that doctors seem to speak a different language than the general population. It is a mixture of Greek, Latin and English that, in many ways, is similar to the combination of different languages used in legal settings. However, even lawyers and judges have a hard time understanding medical texts sometimes. 

How well do you know the Latin and Greek that doctors throw around? Take this quiz to see how your knowledge of medical jargon stacks up against those who have taken the Hippocratic oath. 

How to spot the signs of road rage

If you are like many other Illinois drivers, you are used to sharing the road with a multitude of motorists, all rushing to get to their destination. At some point in time, you may have gotten irritated with other drivers on the road, especially if you were late to work or an appointment. Road rage is common on Illinois roadways and on roads across the United States. In fact, AAA reported that nearly 80% of drivers have admitted to driving aggressively within the last year. The problem lies in the fact that aggressive driving can be deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 56% of fatal motor vehicle accidents were the result of excessive speeding, which is one type of aggressive driving behavior.

It is important to know how to spot the signs of an aggressive driver so that you can minimize your risk of becoming involved in an accident. These hazardous driving behaviors include the following:

Girl Seriously Injured in St. Charles Hit-and-Run

On May 12, 2019, 7 year-old Lexi Hanson was struck by a pickup truck while riding her bicycle near Geneva Avenue and Courier Avenue in St. Charles. The alleged driver, 42 year-old Brian Quartuccio, fled the scene on foot before turning himself in the following day. Authorities charged Quartuccio with failing to report an accident with injury and driving with a revoked license, in addition to operating an uninsured vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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