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Traumatic brain injury victims often misunderstood

In the past few years, important research has led to a better understanding of certain injuries that affect thousands of people nationwide. West Virginia residents who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be among those that feel like they are often misunderstood by the people around them. A victim's loved ones may do their best to help, but the effects of such an injury can be hard to explain, and even modern medicine is still trying to grasp the scope of long-term symptoms. 

Aerobic exercise may be effective TBI intervention

West Virginia residents who suffer a traumatic brain injury have few treatment options available. Attention training and cognitive behavioral therapy are just two interventions that can help victims cope with the cognitive and psychosocial symptoms, but in severe cases, even these may have little effect. Pharmacological treatments have also been found lacking. Yet studies suggest that exercise can benefit TBI victims where other treatments fail.

TBIs: different types and treatments

Brain injuries that disrupt normal brain functions are called traumatic brain injuries, and they can be caused when the brain receives a blow, is jolted around or is penetrated. West Virginia residents who know someone who has incurred a TBI should know about the different types and degrees of TBI.

How blue light can heal patients with concussions

Researchers at the University of Arizona believe they have found an effective treatment for mild traumatic brain injuries, also known as concussions. West Virginia residents should know that there are few treatments for mTBIs besides medicinal methods. They may be interested to find out what the treatment is.

Traumatic brain injury symptoms and treatments

An average of 138 people die every day from injuries to the brain in West Virginia and across the U.S. Traumatic brain injuries can occur through a blow or jolt to the head or by an object penetrating into the brain. The important point is that TBIs interfere with normal brain function and that those who survive one can be left dealing with long-term symptoms.

"Beehive Theory" may explain how TBIs cause brain damage

A report published in the journal Medical Hypotheses has posited a theory explaining how head trauma incurred years earlier leads to a deterioration in brain functions. West Virginia residents should know that it is called the "Beehive Theory". According to this theory, a traumatic brain injury can dislodge certain microbes that lie dormant in the brain like bees in a hive.

Scientists investigate brain injury treatments

Traumatic brain injury can be life-changing and devastating. Each year, over 1.7 million people in West Virginia and across the country experience brain injuries, and the most common causes are car accidents and slip-and-fall incidents. Around 288,000 people are taken to the hospital while 50,000 people lose their lives each year. Scientists are investigating methods that could save accident victims' lives and address some of the long-term consequences of trauma to the brain. According to researchers at the University of Texas, an injection may be able to offset some of the most dangerous effects of a TBI. This experimental treatment is designed to stop abnormal electrical activity in the brain shortly after a traumatic accident.

Studies look at factors that optimize TBI rehabilitation

TBI stands for traumatic brain injury and is a major cause of disability and death in West Virginia and across the U.S. The Ohio State University College of Medicine has published the results of four studies, all of which have to do with rehabilitative care for TBI patients. The studies found that several factors affect the results of TBI in-patient rehabilitation.

Fast MRI may effectively identify TBIs in children

West Virginia parents should know that young children with a suspected traumatic brain injury are very often diagnosed by means of a CT scan. However, such exposure to ionizing radiation can lead to problems in children, who are, after all, still growing and sensitive to radiation. One study, the results of which have been published in Pediatrics, has tested the effectiveness of fast MRIs as an alternative.

Common types of head injuries

West Virginia residents could suffer a brain injury in different ways. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an individual is struck in the head, falls down or is involved in a car accident. Concussions and contusions are among the most common types of TBI. A person does not necessarily have to lose consciousness to be concussed, and typical symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, confusion and memory issues.

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