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Study examines complications for head injury victims

Traumatic brain injury does not simply affect the injured person in the short term. According to a recent study, it can also lead to long-term problems and early death. Based on research from two universities in Scotland, there has been a higher rate of death and morbidity for those who suffered brain trauma within the past 15 years. Louisiana residents who have been diagnosed with having a brain injury may want to bear these potential issues in mind as they try to recover.

Minor bumps can cause serious brain trauma

Louisiana athletes at all levels may be aware of the increasing cautions taken when head injuries occur during sports activities. Careful evaluation of symptoms has become an important part of the protocol after an athlete takes a blow to the head. However, it is equally important to recognize that injury can occur without any blows to the head. While athletes should continue to be treated with appropriate precautions after obvious head injuries, greater attention must be paid to the cumulative effects of head bumps that cannot be observed.

Study of NFL players links concussions to cognitive impairment

Athletes in Louisiana should know that those hard hits on the field might take a toll on their brains. A recently-published study tested the memory performance of retired NFL players with histories of concussions along with measuring their hippocampal brain regions.

Common causes of fatal accidents in Louisiana

According to a study by the Auto Insurance Center, the number one cause of fatal car accidents in Louisiana between 2009 and 2013 was operating without required equipment. The study was based on information gathered over that period by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System and looked at the main causes of fatal accidents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as comparing the effects of various weather conditions.