When a child incurs head trauma, doctors measure and regulate the child's level of carbon dioxide to ensure that enough blood oxygen reaches the brain. If too much carbon dioxide is allowed into the brain, it puts pressure in the skull, yet if too little passes through, it weakens blood circulation in the brain. West Virginia residents should know that there are two main ways of measuring carbon dioxide, one non-invasive and the other invasive.
Traumatic brain injury patients in West Virginia and elsewhere in the United States typically don't have any post-TBI treatment options. This is true despite the fact that TBIs affect 3 million Americans each year in the U.S. However, a new therapy may benefit patients by preventing brain damage after an injury affecting the brain is sustained.
A study published in the journal Neurology has analyzed the link between enlargement in the left atrium, one of the four chambers of the heart, and vascular brain injuries, which are any injuries that impair blood flow to the brain. West Virginia residents should know that researchers concluded that LA enlargement is independently associated with the presence of brain infarcts, which are areas of dead tissue resulting from lack of blood flow.
Traumatic brain injuries are often incurred by soldiers and by those who play contact sports like football and boxing. It has long been known that TBIs can lead to cognitive impairment and behavioral changes with some people becoming clinically depressed and committing suicide. West Virginia residents should know that there is no drug to prevent or cure this development in TBI patients.
Many people in West Virginia and across the U.S. suffer a traumatic brain injury in the wake of a car accident. TBIs are the result of a severe shock or blow to the head. When mild, they do not lead to loss of consciousness but may lead to nausea and dizziness. When severe, they may result in skull fractures, a loss of consciousness and even a coma. Victims may suffer seizures and confusion.
Every year, there are over 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries that occur across the United States. An estimated 7 percent of these cases are in children. Mild brain injuries are often called a "silent epidemic" as the symptoms can go unnoticed. The month of March each year is dedicated to raising awareness in West Virginia and throughout the nation about TBIs, preventing TBIs from occurring and encouraging people to seek help when a brain injury occurs.
A rapid test for confirming traumatic brain injuries has received the FDA's designation as a breakthrough device. The test, called the Tbit™ Blood Testing Platform and developed by medical device company BioDirection, can diagnose a concussion in less than 90 seconds using nanotechnology-based sensors. West Virginia residents will want to know more.
A study published in JAMA Psychiatry has linked mild traumatic brain injuries to a higher risk for mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. West Virginia residents should know that the CDC defines a TBI as any injury, either caused by a bump, blow or jolt or by something penetrating the head, that disrupts normal cognitive function. TBIs range from mild to severe.
Traumatic brain injuries can affect anyone in West Virginia under certain circumstances. Whether a TBI occurs as a result of a motor vehicle accident, hard fall, sports-related impact or physical assault, it's important for victims and their loved ones to recognize signs suggesting that the brain has been seriously injured. While some symptoms may appear immediately after a TBI occurs, others may not become evident until days or weeks after the injury.
The human brain is the most complex organ in the body. Because it's responsible for helping almost every part of the body function, a brain injury can affect the body in different ways. West Virginia residents who get a traumatic brain injury may experience a variety of symptoms. These initial symptoms may be physical pain, problems with perception, abnormal thoughts and difficulty with speech.