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March 2016 Archives

TBI victims and the benefits of deep sleep

New Orleans Saints fans may have seen reports of the National Football League's first-time acknowledgement of the link between football head injuries and the degenerative brain disease termed chronic traumatic encephalopathy.Traumatic brain injuries also include less serious ones, such as concussions.

Automatic braking systems to increase vehicle safety

Louisiana drivers will be able to purchase safer vehicles widely in 2022. This is the year that automakers that account for nearly 100 percent of U.S. light vehicle sales have agreed to make automatic emergency braking systems standard equipment in those vehicles. It is estimated that this could lead to 1 million fewer crashes annually, equating to a reduction of 20 percent.

2.2 million TBIs per year prompt research

Louisiana residents who have been in an accident that resulted in a head injury may be interested to learn that scientists are making efforts to shed more light on traumatic brain injuries. Medical researchers in Minnesota have revealed their plans to begin a broad new study that might clarify both the kinds of injuries that send people to emergency rooms and the long-term results of various treatment methods.

The long-term issues of a TBI

Six months or more after incurring a traumatic brain injury, victims in Louisiana and elsewhere show a variety of connectivity disruptions in the brain. This is according to researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas. A study published by the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society analyzed 40 MRIs of individuals with TBIs and compared them to 17 scans of healthy brains. Each of the participants were between the ages of 19 and 45.

Learning more about brain injuries

Brain injuries have been pushed into the limelight in Louisiana and around the country thanks to the NFL and movies such as "Concussion". While concussions and brain injuries share many traits, a brain injury is different from a concussion as the injured person generally doesn't lose consciousness as a result of the injury. Regardless, it is recommended that an individual seek medical attention after any type of blow to the head.