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  • 7,000 Children Killed Every Year In the United States By Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jul-2013

    If you were made aware of a problem that was leading to the deaths of nearly 20 children every single day in the United States, would you react to that problem with some urgency? Even if you did not possess the skills or experience to help bring that number down, would you hope that there would be enough awareness with regards to that issue that the public at large would take notice and demand ...
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  • US Army TBI Program Validates Care Services

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Jul-2013

    The Rehabilitation and Reintegration Division of the U.S. Army implemented a program for all Army Medical Department Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) that care for soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) of varying severity. This is a validation program designed to establish a consistent method of care across MTFs. Consistency means that services, facilities, and staffing numbers are ...
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  • The Silent Cost of War – Study Reveals Troops Show Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms Five Years Later

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Jul-2013

    Unless you have served in the military in a combat zone, it is impossible to understand what that existence is all about regardless of how many movies or documentaries we watch or how many articles that we read. We do understand that these brave people put their well-being and their lives on the line every second of every day for us when they serve in this manner and we support them completely at ...
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  • Can Traumatic Brain Injuries Lead to the Commission of Serious Crimes?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Jul-2013

    When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, his or her life can and often does change instantly and permanently, and not for the better. Traumatic brain injuries have become common enough in the United States that they are also known as TBI's, and according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately 1.7 million people suffer a TBI every year across the ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Acute Decline: What Role Does Environmental Enrichment Play? A Scoping Review

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Jul-2013

    Numerous studies demonstrate that neural and cognitive decline occurs in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients after the initial injury. However, little research has been conducted related to environmental factors that may influence these occurrences. Researchers at the University of Toronto examined how environmental enrichment (EE) relates to neural and cognitive factors in TBI patients. EE is ...
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  • Test to Gauge Severity of Concussions

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jul-2013

    Researchers in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the Mayo Clinic have found one way to test for TBI using autonomic reflex testing. This measures involuntary changes in heart rate and blood pressure. These two biological processes change significantly in people who have sustained a concussion. Currently, the primary method of diagnosing whether concussive symptoms have stopped is by ...
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  • Researchers Scoring a Win-Win With Novel Set of Concussion Diagnostic Tools.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 25-Jul-2013

    Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) occur in an estimated 1.5 million to 3.8 million athletes each year, with about 300,000 occurring among members of the military annually. Common early symptoms are headaches, depression, loss of memory and loss of brain function. However, if the occurrence of a TBI is not immediately manifest, more severe symptoms can occur long after the injury. Researchers at the ...
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  • Experts Call for Research on Prevalence of Delayed Neurological Dysfunction After Head Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Jul-2013

    The prevalence of serious permanent brain damage after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a highly controversial topic in the professional neurological community. About one percent of the current world population has experienced a TBI, which has numerous side effects and can contribute to the emergence of several different diseases in a victim. It is possible for a TBI patient to experience zero ...
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  • Risk of Brain Damage in College Football Players, Even Among Those Without Concussions

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 15-Jul-2013

    A study jointly conducted by Cleveland Clinic and the University of Rochester suggests football players who don't suffer concussions may still experience brain disorders due to sub-concussive blows to the head. The study involved a brain injury assessment for 67 college football players; the assessment included blood tests, brain scans, and a review of game footage to account for blows to the head ...
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  • Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Kill Brain Tissue

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 12-Jul-2013

    Scientists at Georgia Regents University have used laser scanning microscopy to view neurons in brain tissue subjected to mild traumatic brain injury. Observing these cells on the submicroscopic level reveals the mechanics of secondary damage that occur due to falls, accidents, and other actions causing brain injury. The scientists found that swelling in astrocytes-cells that nourish neurons and ...
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  • Department of Veterans Affairs Adds Conditions to Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnoses

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jul-2013

    Many of us have seen the statistics that relate to the number of soldiers who have suffered traumatic brain injuries since the year 2000, which was just before the first of our two foreign wars began. Since that year, approximately 250,000 people have suffered traumatic brain injuries while serving in a branch of the armed forces. It took some time, but the military ultimately began to recognize ...
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  • Brain Injury May Be an Autoimmune Phenomenon Similar to Multiple Sclerosis

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Jul-2013

    Researchers believe that repeated head injuries lead to neurological disorders. A recent study involving 67 football players examined the reason for this cause and effect relationship and suggests that damage to the blood-brain barrier and the resulting autoimmune response contribute to the onset of neurological disorders. This research could eventually lead to the development of a vaccine to ...
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  • NFL Begins to Shift Focus to Neck Training to Help Protect Against Concussions

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Jul-2013

    Anyone who follows sports and/or the world of medical science has most likely seen news in recent months regarding the thousands of former National Football League players who are suing the NFL because they suffered traumatic brain injuries. They generally allege that they had to endure repeated trauma to their heads while they were playing and that the NFL did not properly warn the players of the ...
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  • Single Concussion May Cause Lasting Brain Damage

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Jul-2013

    In the United States, about 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. About 75 percent of these are mild TBIs, such as a concussion. Between 10 and 20 percent of people with a mild TBI (mTBI) experience symptoms more than one year after the injury occurred. A new study suggests that just one concussion might result in lasting brain damage. The researchers used an MRI ...
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  • Study Finds Potential Link between Traumatic Brain Injury and Subsequent Ischemic Stroke

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Jul-2013

    Approximately 1.7 million people in the United States suffer some form of traumatic brain injury every year, and of those 1.7 million people nearly 400,000 of them are injured badly enough that they face the possibility of dealing with long-term disabilities. Clearly, anyone who suffers a brain injury will have a lot to worry about in the future, as this type of harm can lead to both lingering ...
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  • Brain Imaging After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Can Show Lesions

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 2-Jul-2013

    When medical professionals examine the brain tissue of people with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after death, they can observe lesions on the brain tissue. The lesion sizes vary in direct relation to the severity of the injury. A recent study suggests that, contrary to previous knowledge, these lesions are visible immediately after a mild TBI (MTBI). Being able to distinguish the lesions ...
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  • No Good Evidence That Mouthguards and Helmets Ward Off Concussion.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 1-Jul-2013

    While mouthguards and headgear protect against some facial and head injuries, they do not adequately protect against concussions. In fact, some athletes derive a false sense of security from this protective equipment and are more apt to take risks. A contentious issue in the sports world is how soon an athlete can return to play after sustaining a concussion. Therefore, appropriate medical ...
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