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.
According to the results of a recent study, the diameter of the left atrium in the heart may have an effect on vascular brain injury. The new research may have implications for cardiology and neurology patients in West Virginia and across the United States. The study shows that atrial enlargement has not been associated with leukoaraiosis (white matter disease).
Residents of West Virginia may be interested in a recent medical discovery that could help people with brain injuries. In the study, a drug was given to mice to see if it could prevent inflammation that occurs after a brain injury. The inflammation is a natural response, but it can cause more harm to the brain. Researchers say that the test on mice was a first step toward solving that problem.
People in West Virginia who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and who are less mobile or who have less community participation may have higher mortality rates than those who are more mobile and social. These were among the findings of a study that appeared in 2017 in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
Brain injuries are a major concern to people in West Virginia and elsewhere; these types of injuries may have significant impact on a victim's life, and recovery can often be lengthy or difficult. According to one new Columbia University study involving mice, it may be more effective for people with brain injuries to become active again as soon as possible rather than resting for a lengthy period of time. The study results could indicate the potential for treatment regimens that center on promoting activity in order to achieve faster or more complete recovery after brain injury.