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Lowering the risk of traumatic brain injury

To Louisiana residents, the term traumatic brain injury may sound serious, and it is. However, concussions, which are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), are actually quite common. Lifestyle or profession can increase someone's risk of concussion, but everyone is at risk, largely due to the possibility of TBI caused by car accidents.

Scientists develop blood test that detects concussions

Scientists have developed a new blood test that may be able to diagnose traumatic brain injuries and concussions within an hour of the initial injury. The test might help patients in Louisiana and elsewhere get early treatment and avoid further injury.

Predicting outcomes for traumatic brain injuries

Louisiana residents may not be aware of just how damaging a traumatic brain injury can be. In some cases, a TBI can lead to impaired memory, personality changes and other symptoms well after the injury occurs. Even though there has been increased research into the lasting effects of TBIs, diagnostic knowledge and effective treatments are still limited.

Signs that a concussion may be serious

A person who is in a car accident in Louisiana may suffer from a traumatic brain injury. This injury may not always be immediately apparent, so it is important to know the signs. It is also important to note whether someone who has been diagnosed with a concussion has lingering symptoms. In some cases, symptoms may appear weeks or months later, and people may be unaware of them. Children, teenagers and older adults are the most likely to suffer from long-term symptoms.

Saliva test shows which kids have prolonged concussion symptoms

Louisiana parents may be interested to learn that a spit test could help determine whether a child's concussion symptoms will last for several days or weeks. The spit test was shown to be about 90 percent accurate while a commonly used concussion survey is accurate in about 70 percent of cases.

The brain's natural protection against traumatic injury

Just as cars have suspension mechanisms that provide protection from bumps, the brain has a protection system in the form of membranes that provide cushion from impacts. For people in Louisiana who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, these membranes have failed to cushion the brain. In an effort to prevent or reduce TBI, researchers are looking at this system of protection more closely.

TBIs and children

Traumatic brain injuries are injuries to the head that affect how the brain normally functions. Parents in Louisiana should be familiar with the long-term effects this type of injury can have on children and adolescents.

Links between concussions and Alzheimer's risks

Traumatic brain injuries that are classified as moderate-to-severe are considered risk factors for brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's. Louisiana residents who have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, and have a genetic risk for Alzheimer's should be aware that they may also have an added link to the accelerated mental decline and brain deterioration common with the disease.

Improving outcomes for traumatic brain injury patients

When Louisiana residents suffer a traumatic brain injury in a car crash, fall or other serious accident, it is imperative that they receive medical attention as soon as possible. This is because, following the injury, the brain swells. This can result in damages that can may be severe enough to cause a disability or even death.