Brain Injury Archives

Researchers use fruit flies to study brain injuries in humans

Birmingham residents may be interested to learn of a new study that uses fruit flies to see how the human brain responds to traumatic injury. The information can apply to victims of car and motorcycle accidents, athletes, people who fall and hit their head, or just about any situation that involves a hard impact to the head.

University of Alabama team working on new brain injury drug

Researchers at the University of Alabama are testing a new drug that they hope will greatly lessen the amount of brain damage that occurs after a head trauma. The goal is to provide medical staff and emergency responders with a way to administer first aid to a patient that has suffered a brain injuries moments after it happens. The researchers say that this will significantly reduce the long-term effects of the injury.

Brain injuries cause hidden damage

While automobile accidents and other events very often cause obvious injuries, such as lacerations and broken bones, they can also result in less visible injuries that may be even more damaging. Traumatic brain injury, also called TBI, can cause amnesia, headaches, trouble with balance and similar symptoms. However, TBI can also lead more subtle problems, particularly changes in personality. Those who suffer these changes might not notice them until a little later on in the healing process, but they can cause great distress and make returning to pre-accident life much more difficult.

Brain injury patients struggle to get help

Alabama residents who have family members with brain injuries may discover that insurance providers are less than helpful when it comes to paying for medical treatments and rehabilitation. Playing sports and being involved in car crashes are leading causes of brain injuries, and in the United States, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries every year. 90,000 of those are severe enough to require long-term disability.

Longer observation times lead to few CT scans for children

Alabama readers might take an interest in a study published Aug. 2, 2013 in Annals of Emergency Medicine. The results of the study revealed that the longer a child remains under observation in the emergency department for minor blunt head trauma, the likelihood that the child will require a CT scan decreases.

Head injuries may cause an increase in the risk of stroke

Alabama residents who have suffered a stroke may be interested to learn that individuals who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries are more likely to suffer from a stroke. Researchers in Taiwan discovered an association between the two brain injuries after searching through hospital records in 2011.

Concussions cause long-term damage to brain

Alabama residents who have sustained head trauma or who work in risky professions may be interested in a new study from New York University's Langone School of Medicine, which has found that even mild traumatic brain injuries, such as those suffered in a concussion, can result in long-term structural damage to the brain. Approximately 1.7 million people each year suffer a traumatic brain injuries, about 75 percent of which are classified as mild. These injuries can occur due to a blow to the head or during an accident in which the victim experiences whiplash. The study examined 28 patients with mild traumatic brain injury along with a control group of 22 people. Some of the participants were subjected to an MRI one or two months after injury and then again one year later. Even after a year, researchers found measurable differences in brain volume and damage to certain regions in the brain when victims of brain injury were compared to the control group.

Children particularly vulnerable to head injuries

In the wake of recent controversy over traumatic head injuries sustained by NFL players and a Harvard statistic indicating that professional football players' lives are, on average, 20 years shorter than that of average males, all manner of sports have come under close scrutiny for their injury potential. While many Alabama children are encouraged to participate in youth sports, the possibility of a brain injuries is even greater for them than it is for grown adults.The chair of the Alabama Statewide Sports Concussion Taskforce, or ASSCT, notes that young, undeveloped brains are particularly susceptible to injury, and the younger the brain, the more recovery time that is needed to recover from trauma. This much-needed recovery, however, conflicts with the child's need to keep up with learning in school; a two- or four-week recovery period could put a child behind in school.

Study: Mild head injuries can cause serious damage

Football is one of the most popular pastimes in Alabama, but scientific research is increasingly drawing a link between the sport and traumatic brain injuries. Specifically, researchers say that repeated mild trauma to the head, which is common in football and other high-contact sports, can result in chronic brain disease.

Brain injuries common after accidents

October is official National Brain Injury Awareness Month and provides a good opportunity to take a moment to better understand brain injuries and how those with brain injuries are impacted. Each year an estimated 1.7 million Americans are impacted by a brain injuries. Of these, approximately 52,000 will die.

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