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Potential brain injury treatment in development

In Louisiana and across the country, around 8 million people sustain head and brain injuries every year. There are different causes of these traumatic injuries, but motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading factors. Since these accidents are, unfortunately, so common, developing better treatment for brain injuries can make a difference in many people's lives. At one university, an interesting breakthrough has been made. Scientists have reproduced the effects of a traumatic brain injury and stimulated its potential recovery in neuron cells in a petri dish.

Scientists to conduct research on brain injuries in women

Many women in Louisiana suffer traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, from playing sports, serving in the military or getting in a car accident. However, since the vast majority of TBI research has been conducted on male brains, there is little information available about the ways female brains react to concussions.

Portable scanners can help diagnose brain injuries

For people in Louisiana who have suffered a head injury, it is important to obtain a quick and accurate diagnosis of the trauma. Brain injuries can be traumatic or acquired. In general, traumatic brain injury is caused by a force or similar impact. Examples include falls, car accidents or physical assaults. Acquired brain injury is something that happens to the brain after birth that does not involve external physical force. For example, it could describe damage due to a tumor, stroke or hypoxic brain injury.

Even mild trauma can cause major brain injuries

Louisiana residents should know that traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of accident-related deaths in the United States. In fact, there are nearly 138 TBI-related fatalities every day. Losing consciousness after a blow to the head is a surefire indicator of brain injury; however, TBIs can be caused by much more subtle events and have long-lasting consequences. Roughly 3 million people are treated in emergency rooms annually for brain injuries.

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.