Brain Injury Research offers Legal Support for Both Present and Future Health Issues


A new research study about Head Trauma published in the January issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma, suggests that any serious head injury, with or without brain impact, can lead to an “increased risk of future traumatic death.”

Since 1999, researchers at Oulu University Hospital in Finland have been following traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients to determine their long-term health outcomes. They chose subjects based on hospital admittance for head injuries. All subjects lived in Northern Ostrobothnia, south of Oulu, and the control group had similar characteristics to the test group.

The researchers evaluated cause of death and death rates to compare the two groups and found stark differences between test group mortality rates and control group mortality rates:

  • Moderate/severe traumatic brain injury: test — 56.9%; control — 6.7%
  • Mild traumatic brain injury: test — 18.6%; control — 1.4%
  • Head injury/no traumatic brain injury: test — 23.8%; control — 1.9%

The Finnish researches concluded that head trauma highly predicts an increased risk of death. Scientists who participated in the study cite a need for further evaluation to determine causation. Just because they found a correlation between TBI and a spike in all cause mortality, in other words, does not mean they figured out what might be driving this association.

Brain injuries may develop immediately after trauma, or problems may take days to present. Car accidents, sports injuries, and slip and falls all contribute to thousands of cases of serious TBI in the U.S. every year. Seek medical advice if you or a loved one has experienced any type of head trauma, even “mild” damage or a “light” concussion.

If you suspect that you or someone has sustained a TBI:

  • Track and maintain awareness of your symptoms, including headache, nausea, cognitive difficulty, lack of awareness, dizziness, difficulty focusing your eyes, and other issues. Immediately contact a physician or hospital if you experience any of these symptoms. Determining the extent of neurological damage requires extensive testing.
  • Follow the advice of your physician or Injury Lawyers Diverse treatment modalities might include taking medicines, undergoing rehab and surgery (especially in the first hours or days after a TBI event), focusing on psychological wellness and seeking support group advice.
  • Keep good records. Your journey to recovery from a brain injury may require thorough records for court cases, insurance, and personal use. Keep a journal (or ask a loved one to do so on your behalf), and organize all test results and medical documentation.

Crime Reports Down Nationwide


Great news! The FBI released its annual crime report and crime rates are down nationwide. One would think that the terrible economy would lead to more crime, not less. The FBI report shows clearly that this is not the case and that crime is continuing to decrease each year.
Digging into the report a little further shows that the property crime rate in Portland dropped even more than the national average. Property crimes dropped 10.1% in Portland versus a 4.6% decline nationally. The property crime rate in Portland hasn’t been that low since 1966. Violent crimes dropped 2.1% in Portland versus 5.3% nationally.
It’s refreshing to see that the economy hasn’t stopped the trend of decreasing crime in the United States. Let’s hope the trend continues.

California Is Poised To Pass A Landmark Hemp CBD Law


California is on the verge of legislating hemp-derived cannabidiol (” Hemp CBD”) in lots of items — well, sort of. The law at the problem is Assembly Costs 228 (” AB-228″), and we have been composing about it given that it was presented in January 2019.

 Because we began blogging about AB-228, the costs have changed a lot, and now, in fact, has some teeth. Even if it passes, however, Hemp CBD might not be legal in the Golden State. Here’s a short description of what’s occurred, and what’s at stake.

The Frequently asked questions “banned” Hemp CBD based upon the federal Controlled Substances Act (which since December 20, 2018, and the passage of the 2018 Farm Costs no longer hemp unlawful) and the reality that the federal Fda (” FDA”) did not enable the addition of Hemp CBD to the very same items that are pointed out in the Frequently asked questions.

The CA Sherman Law offers the CDPH authority over drinks and foods and permits them to target items that it considers “adulterated.”

Initially, AB-228 was extraordinarily narrow and just would have produced a law stating that the simple addition of Hemp CBD to cosmetics and foods did not degrade them. Over the last couple of months, in numerous committees, a growing number of things have been stacked onto the costs. Here are a few of the highlights of the present variation:

  • Certified marijuana business would not be affected from remaining in the hemp company;
  • Hemp items that are foods, cosmetics, or drinks would have some minimal labeling requirements;
  • Food makers that make hemp items would be needed to get specific registrations and would require to show that their hemp originates from a jurisdiction that has a “recognized and authorized commercial hemp program” that satisfies all federal requirements for sale and growing of hemp;
  • Raw hemp items would require to go through special laboratory screening and get certificates of analysis before the sale.

It’s clear that if AB-228 ends up being law, it will be a substantial success for the growing hemp market throughout the state. There are a couple of essential concerns that might still not clean out the gray locations:

  • AB-228 does not alter federal law. If sellers offer Hemp CBD foods, they might even draw the ire of the FDA– which is more likely because of the medical claims.
  • AB-228 does not need the CDPH to neglect federal law. I believe this is not likely to occur; however, in the hemp world, in some cases, anything is possible.

In spite of these problems, if AB-228 passes, it’ll develop a great deal of certainty for hemp services in California, where there formerly wasn’t much. We’ll remain tuned on updates to this law and how it will impact the hemp market in California, and as a whole.