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June 2016 Archives

The link between depression and traumatic brain injuries

Louisiana residents who have incurred traumatic brain injuries are at a greater risk of also developing depression as a co-occurring disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, people without any history of mental health issues before suffering brain injuries have a two to five times higher risk of developing depression than do others.

A brain injury test using MRI technology is in development

Louisiana residents may be aware that the nebulous nature of brain injuries can make it difficult for even skilled physicians to diagnose them accurately. Symptoms like fatigue, depression and lethargy are common among sufferers of a mild traumatic brain injury, but they are also presented by individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Doctors rely on their experience and expertise when assessing patients with these symptoms, but research being funded by the Pentagon could develop a noninvasive test using MRI machines that may provide a medical breakthrough.

Researchers trying to diagnose CTE in living patients

Louisiana football fans may be interested in a groundbreaking brain injury study scheduled to begin this summer. The study, which will be conducted by in part at the Boston University School of Medicine, will try to find a way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in living patients.

Costs of traffic accidents going up in Louisiana

According to the National Safety Council, between January and June of this year, about 19,000 people have been killed in automobile accidents. This represents a 14 percent increase compared to the same timeframe last year, and it means that the United States may be on track to have its deadliest traffic year since 2007.

Allegations that the NFL tried influencing brain injury research

New Orleans Saints fans may have followed news on research into the link between head injuries and football. On May 23, a senior House Democrat alleged that the National Football League tried to improperly influence brain research at the National Institutes of Health. According to New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, the NFL refused to follow through with its plans to donate $30 million after the NIH declined to take a grant away from a researcher known for his work on the link between football injuries and brain disease.