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Lowering the risk of traumatic brain injury

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on December 06, 2017

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. A…

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Scientists develop blood test that detects concussions

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on November 16, 2017

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. Many mild brain injuries go untreated because current diagnostic tools, such as CT scans,…

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Predicting outcomes for traumatic brain injuries

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on October 16, 2017

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…

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Signs that a concussion may be serious

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on June 23, 2017

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…

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Saliva test shows which kids have prolonged concussion symptoms

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on May 10, 2017

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. To conduct the test,…

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The brain’s natural protection against traumatic injury

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on April 10, 2017

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…

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TBIs and children

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on February 17, 2017

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. The severity of TBIs can vary. They can be mild, often referred to as concussions, or severe, causing a loss of memory…

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Irregular heartbeat treatment and brain injuries

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on February 06, 2017

Louisiana residents who have had to undergo catheter ablation for their irregular heartbeats should know that this treatment has been linked to causing brain injuries. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco. Catheter ablation is a common treatment for irregular heartbeats. If the procedure is done on the left side…

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Links between concussions and Alzheimer’s risks

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on January 17, 2017

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…

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Improving outcomes for traumatic brain injury patients

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on January 10, 2017

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…

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