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Brain Injuries Archives

What Is a Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury

brain-2836401_640.pngInfants who suffer hypoxic ischemic brain injuries at birth can suffer severe physical and neurological disabilities that persist throughout their lifetime. physicians and members of the delivery team have a duty of care to closely monitor the health of infants before, during, and after delivery to prevent these injuries. Nationwide, at least two, and possibly as many as ten out of every 1,000 infants born in the country will enter the world without sufficient oxygen reaching their brains.

The Truth About Brain Injuries Sustained in a Crash

headache-4367062.jpgMotor vehicle accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries that can permanently alter the lives of survivors. While some healing can occur, the reality is that brain injuries often cause irreversible damage to memory functions, motor control, temperament, etc. These can affect the individual's ability to work, their relationships, and their quality of life.

Undetected Brain Injuries: This Could Save Your Life

syringe-24495_640.pngUndetected brain injuries can cause serious health consequences including strokes and other potentially fatal events. Traumatic brain injuries often go undetected until the individual exhibits obvious symptoms. Fortunately, a new blood test may make it easier for doctors to accurately diagnose a TBI. If effective, it could expedite treatment and improve patient outcomes.

Brain Injuries: The Invisible Wounds of Battle

old-63622_640.jpgMilitary members may have been exposed to blasts during combat operations or training exercises that can cause traumatic brain injuries. When a traumatic brain injury is service-related, veterans are entitled to receive treatment and benefits for their injury. Since 2000, more than 380,000 brain injuries have been recorded by the US military. The US military treats more brain injuries than chest or abdominal wounds. 

Drowning: When the Brain Is Deprived of Oxygen

Recognizing the Hidden Signs of a TBI [infographic]

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) do not always cause readily apparent signs and symptoms and close monitoring following a suspected injury is essential for the administration of prompt treatment. When an injury is "silent," early recognition of signs and symptoms can have a significant impact on the individual's long-term recovery prospects.

Factors That Affect the Rehabilitation of a Traumatic Brain Injury

recovery.pngAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2007 and 2013 the number of traumatic brain injuries increased by nearly 50%. For survivors of these kinds of injuries, the road to recovery is different and long. There are a number of factors that affect how quickly and effective rehabilitation will be.

A Brain Injury May Increase the Risk for Dementia

The near-term effects of brain injuries have been intensively studied. But there can be lifelong effects as well. For example, a new study shows that victims of severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may face a dramatically higher risk for dementia than people who suffer less severe brain injuries. Age appears to be a factor too. The study showed that people aged 41-50 who suffered a TBI had a sharply higher risk for dementia than those who suffered a TBI at a younger age.

A Mild Concussion Can Have Lasting Effects on Longevity and Mental Health

mental health.pngA comprehensive study completed by researchers at Britain's University of Oxford and Imperial College illustrates the lasting effects that even a mild bump on the head can have. It found that people who suffered mild concussions had shorter life spans and suffered mental health problems at a significantly higher rate than people who had not suffered concussions.

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