Women May Have Slower Concussion Recovery If Injured During Periods

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Women, who suffer a concussion in the days leading up to their menstrual period, experience much slower concussion recovery of their injury.

Women, who suffer a concussion in the days leading up to their menstrual period, experience much slower concussion recovery of their injury. According to the results of a new study, the phase of the woman’s menstrual cycle during which she suffers the brain injury does have a lot to do with the outcome.

The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. The researchers analyzed 144 women who suffered a mild brain injury, like a concussion. These women were evaluated in the hospital a month after the injury.

The researchers found during the follow-up evaluation month later, that the women, who had suffered a concussion in the two weeks before their menstrual period, had an overall poor perception of their general health after the concussion. They were also much more likely to experience symptoms of the concussion, like headaches and dizziness days after.

In contrast, women who had suffered the concussion in the two weeks after their menstrual period seemed to have much faster recovery. Women who were on birth control pills also seemed to have a much quicker pace of recovery after a brain injury. The results of the study were published recently in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

According to the researchers, there is a simple explanation for this slower pace of recovery at a specific time of the month. It could have much to do with the levels of progesterone, a hormone which is believed to have protective effects on the brain. Any stressful event can cause the brain’s pituitary gland, which is responsible for the generation of progesterone, to shut down. A brain injury like a concussion could qualify as that kind of stressful event. Not surprisingly, women who were injured during this time of the month, continued to have symptoms of the injury for days later.

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How to Prevent a Brain Injury

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Protecting the head from a jolt or a blow is key to helping reduce the risk of a brain injury.

Protecting the head from a jolt or a blow is key to helping reduce the risk of a brain injury. While some of the key measures that can help prevent a brain injury like wearing a helmet while motorcycling or bicycling are fairly obvious, others are not so evident.

One of the key steps that you can take to reduce the risk of suffering a brain injury while riding a motorcycle or bicycle is wearing a well-fitting helmet. Helmets must be worn not only while bicycling or motorcycling, but also while skateboarding, riding a snowmobile or riding an ATV or an all-terrain vehicle. Wear appropriate headgear when you’re playing contact sports including football, baseball, skiing or riding a horse.

When riding in a car, always wear your seat belts, and drive a car that comes with side airbags as well as frontal airbags. Make sure that small children are restrained appropriately in the backseat of the car in their car seats and booster seats.

A major cause of brain injuries are slip and fall accidents. In order to prevent falls in your own home, install handrails in bathrooms, install nonslip high-traction flooring, and place mats in the bathtub or shower. Make sure that floor coverings are safe to use, and as much as possible, avoid using area rugs and floor coverings altogether. Improve lighting to avoid slip and fall accident risks in darker areas of the house.

Senior citizens may be at a higher risk of brain injury due to slip and fall accidents. See a doctor regularly for vision checkups, make sure that the floor is clutter- free, and free of all objects and debris, and get regular exercise to reduce the risk of a fall.

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What Causes Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious injuries that any person can suffer, and leads to long-term disability that can last over the rest of the person’s life.

Traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious injuries that any person can suffer, and leads to long-term disability that can last over the rest of the person’s life.

Brain damage can be of two types-traumatic brain injury or acquired brain damage. Traumatic brain injuries are sustained as a result of a blow to the head. Such types of brain injuries can be seen when a person receives a blow to the head in different types of situations, like car accidents. In fact, motor-vehicle accidents account for some of the highest numbers of brain injury cases recorded in the United States every year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries are recorded inside the country every year. These injuries occur as isolated individual injuries or are combined with other injuries.

Traumatic brain injury can be caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head, or can be in the form of a penetrating head injury. There may or may not be a visible head injury, and there may or may not be bleeding or any other external sign of the injury.

Apart from motor-vehicle accidents, brain injuries can also occur as a result of injuries to the head during slip and fall accidents, sports-related injuries, recreational accidents, physical violence, gunshots and assaults.

Whatever the type of injury or the cause of the injury, there is no denying the terrible toll that traumatic brain injury takes. In fact, brain injury is believed to contribute to most injury-related fatalities in the country every year.

Some groups of persons like children between the age of 0 and four, and teens between the age of 15 and 19, may be at a much higher risk of suffering a brain injury. Seniors above the age of 65 are more likely to sustain a TBI during a slip and fall accident.

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Complications from Brain Injury

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An overwhelming majority of the traumatic brain injuries that are recorded inside the United States every year are mild brain injuries, like concussions.

An overwhelming majority of the traumatic brain injuries that are recorded inside the United States every year are mild brain injuries, like concussions. However, a small minority are moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries that may result in a number of complications.

When a person suffers a severe brain injury, he may become unconscious and go into a coma. Such a person is not aware of anything, and is unable to respond to any kind of external stimuli. This sort of condition is usually the result of severe damage to all parts of the brain. Persons who are in a coma after a brain injury may emerge from the coma after a few days, into a vegetative state.

A person in a vegetative state has suffered extensive and widespread damage to the brain. In such a state, the person may be unaware of his or her surroundings. The person may open his eyes, but may remain unaware of his surroundings. However, he may be able to open his eyes, and make some sounds.

In many cases, persons who are in a vegetative state can evolve into a minimally conscious state, in which there is severely altered consciousness with some amount of awareness of the environment.

In rare cases, a person who has suffered a brain injury may go into a locked- in state. In this state, the person is aware of his or her surroundings and may be completely awake, but may be unable to respond to external stimuli. These persons may not be able to speak or respond to other people or move the body. However, they may be able to communicate using eye movements.

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Progress in Reducing Brain Injuries Can Be Used As Blueprint for Sports Injuries

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Federal agencies are now focusing very strongly on reducing the risk of brain injuries while playing sports.

The number of teenagers suffering brain injuries while playing sports has been increasing, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that the progress that has been made in reducing the number of brain injuries in car accidents can be used to help bring about similar declines in sports-related brain injuries as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1980, there has been a drop of more than 40% in traumatic brain injury sustained in car accidents.  That drop has been at least partly due to the fact that motorists are now driving safer cars than ever before, and have a number of features including seat belts , airbags and other features that help reduce the risk of traumatic injuries in an accident.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that the approach that has helped reduce brain injuries in car accidents can also be used to bring about similar declines in sports.

Federal agencies are now focusing very strongly on reducing the risk of brain injuries while playing sports.  The Institute of Medicine recently began a study into sports concussions involving players in elementary school through young adulthood.  It is clear to brain injury lawyers that this was a problem that was existent for a very long time in high school and college sports, but was neglected for a very long period of time.

It is only now that people are beginning to wake up to the long-term health effects that come when a young child in high school or even an elementary school is consistently exposed to traumatic brain injury, even when these are mild injuries like concussions.  The CDC has been increasing its efforts, collaborating with the National Football League and other groups to educate players as well as coaches about treating brain trauma as soon as it occurs, and to avoid injuries altogether.

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Hyundai Ordered to Pay $14 Million to Man in Brain Injury Lawsuit

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A jury has found in favor of a man who suffered severe traumatic brain injuries in an accident when the airbags failed to deploy. A jury has ruled that Hyundai Motor Corporation should pay the man $14 million for his brain injury lawsuit.

A jury has found in favor of a man who suffered severe traumatic brain injuries in an accident when the airbags failed to deploy.  A jury has ruled that Hyundai Motor Corporation should pay the man $14 million for his brain injury lawsuit.

The accident occurred in 2008, when the victim and his parents were driving a Tiburon. The car veered off the roadway and crashed into a tree.  The airbags in the car failed to deploy, and as a result, the victim suffered a serious traumatic brain injury.  The car was equipped with side airbags, but they did not deploy.

According to the lawsuit, the airbags failed to deploy because the auto manufacturer had positioned its side airbag sensors in the wrong location.  In this particular case, the sensors are located under the driver’s seat.  The lawsuit alleges that the company was aware that this particular positioning of the sensors was dangerous, and could possibly lead to injuries in an accident due to airbag failure.

Hyundai disagrees with those charges, and denies that its airbag system was wrongly positioned.  According to the company, its airbag system is in compliance with federal safety standards, and was thoroughly tested and found to comply with all safety regulations.  According to the company, the injuries were the fault of the victim because he drove his car into a tree, and the side airbag system would simply not have been inadequate to prevent his injuries.  The company has announced that it will appeal this verdict.

Deployment failure is a major airbag-related defect that airbag injury lawyers find linked to several injuries every year.  Most of these failures are the result of a manufacturing defect or design defect.

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Brain “Potholes” in Veterans with TBI Impact Cognitive Functions

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The growing incidence of traumatic brain injury among veterans returning from combat duty has meant an extensive body of research into brain injury in the military population.

The growing incidence of traumatic brain injury among veterans returning from combat duty has meant an extensive body of research into brain injury in the military population.  Recently, researchers who analyzed data involving veterans returning home from combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with a brain injury found that these persons are much more likely to suffer from “potholes,” or abnormalities in the brain, compared to persons who did not have a brain injury.

The study was conducted by psychiatrists at the Iowa City VA Medical Center and University of Iowa Health Care.  The researchers found that the number of abnormalities in the white matter of the brain, or “potholes” as they are referring to these abnormalities, increased depending on the severity and complexity if the brain injury.

They also found that these abnormalities in the brain white matter were linked to cognitive deficits in the persons.  For instance, veterans who suffered from these abnormalities in the brain were much more likely to suffer from cognitive deficits, like an impact on their ability to plan or make decisions.

In fact, when the team of researchers studied the existence of such brain potholes in the civilian population too, they found that such abnormalities also existed in civilians, who had never been through combat duty.  In fact, in the civilian population, the incidence and severity of the potholes was much greater than in the military population.

There are lessons in this for brain injury patients and brain injury lawyers.  If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is recommended that you undergo testing to see whether the injury has affected your cognitive abilities.  Such potholes are believed to affect cognitive function, or the ability to make plans, or execute these plans effectively.

 

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Study Aims to Find Brain Injury Biomarkers

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A group of researchers are involved in an effort to detect biological signals or biomarkers, that could help give doctors strong and reliable evidence of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A group of researchers are involved in an effort to detect biological signals or biomarkers, that could help give doctors strong and reliable evidence of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  The research, believed to be one of the largest of its kind, will be based at New York University’s medical school.

The five-year study aims to find biological signals in persons who have suffered a brain injury, or are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Currently, the techniques that are in place to detect a brain injury are not always effective in detecting an injury in time.  Very often, mild signs of brain injury may go undiagnosed.  Brain injury lawyers therefore find a significant time gap between the actual injury, and the detection of the injury, which further delays treatment.

According to the researchers, it is important to raise mental health to the same standards that we now have in place for physical health.  They are researching a simple test that can help detect these biological signals or biomarkers, which can in turn be used to determine if a person has suffered a brain injury.  A test could be administered to detect the presence of these biomarkers, and if these are found, it can quickly lead to a diagnosis.  Treatment can begin immediately, reducing the risk of any long-term impact of danger

Previous studies that have tried to locate strong evidence of brain injury have not been very successful.  However, that has not stopped private foundations and the federal administration from coming forward to finance new efforts in this direction.  For instance, at a Maryland institute, researchers are currently experimenting with a technique that could help locate post traumatic stress disorder biomarkers.

 

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