Traumatic brain injuries are often referred to as the “silent epidemic” because, unlike a broken leg or laceration, this injury is harder to detect. The three leading causes of traumatic brain injury in the United States are falls, being struck by an object, and motor vehicle accidents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, …
How many times have we heard the phrase “it’s only a concussion.” For years, people have dismissed concussions, believing them to be non-serious injuries. However, research in recent years has determined concussions are serious with experts saying concussions can be a life-altering event. In fact, the medical community now categorizes concussions as mild traumatic brain …
Georgia residents may have heard that there were government investigations underway into the relationship between football and brain injuries. On May 23, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone alleged that the National Football League had tried to pressure the National Institutes of Health to stop a researcher from working on the project.
Georgia parents may want to more closely supervise their children on playground equipment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a study in the online journal Pediatrics that shows a significant rise in playground head injuries treated in emergency rooms. Researchers say one reason for the increase might be greater awareness about the dangers of these types of injuries.
Atlanta Falcons fans will likely know that studies have linked their favorite sport to a brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. One of the biggest challenges facing those who wanted to research this connection is that CTE can only be diagnosed post mortem, but a study of 40 retired NFL players has provided more evidence connecting football with brain damage.
A victim of a traumatic brain injury in Georgia might discover that physicians lack clear ideas about how to effectively treat the condition. The biological effects of head injuries remain the subject of ongoing research, but deep sleep could produce benefits according to a study from researchers at a hospital in Switzerland.
Georgia residents who have been unfortunate enough to incur a traumatic brain injury are probably aware of the massively disruptive effects of such wounds. A TBI can make it difficult to meet the challenges of everyday life and severely impact the ability to function economically. Researchers into TBIs have built an impressive body of work on the subject, and they have detected extremely specific patterns of trauma with the injury. There is hope that understanding the ways that TBIs harm the patient will lead to ever more effective treatments.
When a person suffers a brain injury in a car wreck, slip and fall, or other accident, family members are often the first to notice that something is wrong.
Georgia residents who experience a significant impact to the head or blast during military service and sustain a traumatic brain injury may benefit from learning the truth about TBI-related myths. Many believe that traumatic brain injuries always occur alongside a loss of consciousness, but the truth is that many victims do not black out at all. For military victims of TBIs, it is important to remember that Kevlar may protect the brain from penetration injuries, but closed head wounds can still occur.
Researchers estimate that hundreds of thousands of individuals suffer potentially serious brain injuries each year. What may be surprising to Georgia residents, however, is that in many cases neither the patients nor their doctors know it because a simple bump on the head may lead to a subdural hematoma.