Articles Posted in Brain Injury

775,000 children are injured each year from sports-related injuries. Two forms of injuries children may suffer are either acute or chronic. Acute injuries could include more serious brain injuries such as concussions, skull fractures, brain hemorrhages, and spinal cord injuries. The article offers advice on how to reduce your child’s risk of injury.

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The University of Michigan received a grant from Chicago’s McCormick Foundation which will be used to study Iraq and Afghanistan veterans’ brain injuries. The grant will study post traumatic stress disorder, sleep disorders, depression, and other adverse effects from the war.

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The Pentagon has ruled it will not award the Purple Heart to post traumatic stress disorder victims because it is not a physical wound. PTSD can create severe adverse effects in its victims including recurring nightmares, uncontrolled rage, and severe depression. Many that suffer from PTSD also suffer from severe brain injury. In that case, they may qualify for the Purple Heart because they may need medical treatment for the severe traumatic brain injury.

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A teen tried to break up a fight his friend was in when he was kicked in the head and hit the sidewalk. He suffered severe brain trauma. The young man had intensive brain surgery and placed in a medically induced coma. It took three weeks before the man could be brought out of the coma.

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This history of notable football players’ head traumas has brought a theory that undiagnosed trauma can lead to serious long-term damage. According to the article, the Steelers’ concussion management team has “spent more than 10 years developing the computer-based neurological test” used by football teams across the country to deter serious injuries. The test consists of memory exercises and motor and sensory tests. Before and after the tests the player is rested to see if any symptoms return.

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The article interviews a medic about his injuries and experience in the army. He suffered from a traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, and a stroke. He has what they call “survivor’s guilt” where he has a fear of crowds, depression, and withdrawal. The Veterans Administration may be discontinuing their support for the veteran in 36 months.

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