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Brain Injuries Archives

Study finds concussions still a concern for sports head injuries

It may seem like since concussions and football have faded from mass media coverage, that it is no longer a problem. But a recent study from the Harris Health System found that football and soccer players are still subject to dangerous levels of concussions, despite recent advances in safety gear and legislation. This study illustrates that continued reform and advances in safety technology are necessary to address these issues.

Researchers find that Zika may damage adult brain cells

Whenever the Zika virus is mentioned, people associate it with birth defects and brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. It spread like wildfire across Brazil and South America. A few months ago Zika jumped into the Caribbean and just recently into mainland United States. To date, there is no significant funding or resources allocated to develop a cure. But that hasn't stopped independent researchers, like at Rockefeller University, from investigating the virus.

Measuring the severity of a traumatic brain injury

Brain injuries are insidious because the extent of the harm is so difficult to measure. An injury that might be fatal in one situation is relatively minor in another. It also comes down to the individual person and how their body reacts to the trauma. There are two ways to measure traumatic brain injuries: the Glasgow Coma Scale and through the use of cranial topography and magnetic resonance imaging.

Caring for a child after a birth injury

Birth injuries are devastating. What was supposed to be one the happiest days in your life is tarnished because your child was injured. Birth injuries are especially dangerous because it can take weeks or months for an injury to begin to surface. Babies are unable to effectively communicate therefore you have to rely on developmental delays to identify many birth injuries. As devastating as it may be, it is important that you do not let yourself become overwhelmed. The sooner you confront the reality imposed on you by the injury, the better.

Cheerleading brain injuries are underreported

Teenagers are among the hardest groups to study and understand. They are at a time in their lives that they feel invincible. They are under enormous internal and external pressures to perform and that pressure can cause them to make dangerous decisions regarding their health. A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that many cheerleaders underreport symptoms following a serious brain injury. They either do not understand or do not appreciate the danger they are in because they are more concerned with performing in the competition.

Playgrounds aren't all fun and games

A study out of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control found that there has been a significant increase in the rate of traumatic brain injuries at playgrounds. You would think that one of the few guaranteed safe places for your child would be a playground. Unfortunately, this study may seem to disagree. As with any scientific study, it is a snapshot, not the entire story, so read it with an appropriate amount of skepticism.

Poorly fitted helmets contribute to concussions

Football, America's newest favorite past-time, has come under serious fire from political, scientific and media organizations. Will Smith starred in a movie that stunned the world by explaining that running into things head-first causes brain injuries. Additionally, the public is taking a special look at high school football programs to ensure that the minds of adolescents are properly protected. According to a study that was published in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, they are not.

Cause dictates how to pursue brain injury claims

Brain injuries run the gamut from the relatively mild, like some concussions, to the severe, like a piercing of the frontal lobe. The fact is, brain injuries are extremely complex and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. And if you should suffer a brain injury due to the negligence of another, the circumstances of the event will typically dictate the manner in which you may pursue compensation.

How do you treat a brain injury?

There are many types of brain injuries that can be classified according to how they were incurred to the symptoms that are suffered. In the most basic sense, brain injuries can be divided into two types: mild and severe. All brain injuries are serious, so it is important that you do not treat a case of "mild" brain injury lightly.

Jury returns multimillion verdict for brain injury

It is a parent's worst nightmare. You have a beautiful baby girl whose life is forever altered because a doctor made a mistake. In this case, the child suffered brain trauma and is now severely disabled because her heart stopped. Understandably, the parents are devastated, and no amount of money will ever fix their little girl.

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