Brain Injury Archives

New treatment offers hope to brain injury victims

For brain injury victims, a new treatment offers promise. Championed by hockey legend Gordie Howe, the approach uses adult stem cells in patients who have been diagnosed with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. The stem cells are taken from bone marrow donated by adult volunteers. The treatment, called the Gordie Howe Initiative, is intended to reduce inflammation while avoiding an immune response trigger.

Are workplace accidents a source of brain injuries?

Brain injuries result from more than just car accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor, around three million Americans each year are injured in their workplaces. Some of the most common injuries include slip-and falls, collisions with objects or equipment, and falls from heights. Each of those categories could potentially result in brain trauma or injury.

Playground Concussions are on the Rise

The number of children treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries sustained on the playground has increased significantly in the last two decades.  According to a new government study, the playground equipment most commonly involved in concussions included monkey bars and swings.

Are brain injury victims unaware of their long-term symptoms?

If you are one of the 1.7 million Americans who suffered a traumatic brain injury last year, your path to recovery may not be a direct one. In fact, recent research suggests that there may be extended consequences, with symptoms persisting up to 18 months after the TBI. 

Is informed consent more difficult with brain injuries?

A patient wants to know about any possible symptoms he or she may experience arising from a condition.  Indeed, some research indicates that patients are more aggressive in suing doctors if they felt like information was withheld from them. Said another way, patients may be able to accept consequences if they had informed consent, provided that the care they received was not negligent.

Adequate compensation is critical after a brain injury

The notorious case involving Ethan Couch, the teen who was sentenced only to probation and rehab after killing and injuring several people while driving drunk, highlights the need for brain injury victims and their families to receive compensation that covers all of their losses. One of Couch's victims, Sergio Molina, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the crash.

Can brain injury result from exposure to toxic chemicals?

A sobering statistic may seem hard to believe: work-related illnesses take the lives of more Americans every year than gun-related incidents. Specifically, occupational illness claims about 50,000 lives annually, compared to 30,000 by guns.

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