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Consequences of Road Traffic Accidents

The total number of vehicles registered in India increased from 37 million in 1997 to 73 million in 2004 representing an annual growth rate of about 14%. But only about 70% of the registered vehicles are on the road. The vehicular sales jumped from 3.6 million in 1997 to 9.5 million in 2007 registering an average annual increase of 10-12% per year.

Similarly the total number of road traffic fatalities increased from 77,000 in 1997 to 1, 14,590 in 2007. There was a 4% raise in fatalities from 1997 to 2003 and 8% per year since then. The number of fatalities per million populations remained around 79-83 from 1997 to 2003 and since then has increased to 101.

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Get Rid of Head Injuries

Head injury is recognized as a major public health problem and those due to road traffic accidents account for the great majority world wide. According to a WHO research published in 1996, road accidents which were the 9th leading cause of years lost to death and disability would become the 3rd most major cause by 2020. Developing countries bear the brunt of the fatalities and disabilities form road traffic accidents, accounting for more than 85% of the worlds road accident fatalities and about 90% of the total disability adjusted life years (DALY) lost to road traffic injuries. The problem is increasing in these countries at a fast rate, while it is declining in all industrialized nations. Road traffic accidents have become the most serious problem faced in this century whether measured in costs, hospital admissions, deaths or loss of productive years of life.

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Sealing Leaks in The Brain Without Opening The Skull

This is a story of a 33year old gentleman, working as a driver in Gulf, who had come to Kerala to get married. 16th Sunday was his marriage. Three days after marriage, while having bath, he had sudden severe occipital headache, fell down and became unconscious. Relatives found him in an unconscious state and having a seizure. He had severe neck pain and occipital headache 2 days prior to this episode. CT scan of the brain showed diffuse subarachnoid hemorrhage. Cerebral angiography showed left vertebral artery dissecting aneurysm.

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