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Seeking compensation for brain injuries in a car crash

Becoming involved in a car accident in West Virginia can be a traumatic incident, especially if those involved suffered serious injuries to the head. Brain injuries, including concussions, are particularly common injuries that can occur. These types of injuries can have long-lasting health impacts that can affect a person for weeks, months or even years after the accident.

Eye movements can help to diagnose brain injury

Many West Virginia residents have suffered brain injuries. These can be some of the most devastating types of trauma for both the victim and their loved ones. Faster and more accurate detection of head trauma can help doctors to provide proper treatment and therapies to best assist a patient.

Brain injury proteins found in boxers' and martial artists' blood

Family members of and people with brain injuries in West Virginia may be aware of two brain injury markers called neurofilament light chain and tau. These two proteins are found in the blood of people who have suffered a brain injury. A recent study found that neurofilament light might be an indicator of acute traumatic brain injury, and tau might be more closely linked to accumulated damage to the brain over time.

Study looks at TBI differences in men and women

West Virginia women who suffer from a traumatic brain injury may be more likely than men with the same injury to also develop neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety. Researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, funded by the university's Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, found that this is because of the way that TBIs disrupt the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, a part of the neuroendocrine system.

Brain network science might offer insights into injuries

West Virginians who suffer from brain injuries may be interested in learning about research published in PLOS Computational Biology. According to the study, modeling the networks of connections that characterize brain tissue may help medical researchers gain a better understanding of why different kinds of brain damage impact victims in distinct ways.

Researchers identify gender differences in TBIs

Many West Virginia armed forces veterans are aware of the traumatic brain injuries that explosions in war zones can inflict on military personnel. Uniformed Services University researchers have been studying the effect of head trauma on the neuroendocrine system and the differing responses of men and women, and the results will be presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society. The findings could improve care for veterans and apply to victims of car accidents and sports injuries too.

Study looks at outcomes for mild TBI patients

West Virginia residents who experience mild traumatic brain injuries might need to see a specialist within six months. Otherwise, some of those people may experience an unfavorable outcome, according to a recent study that examined patients recruited at trauma centers between 2013 and 2015. Unlike most studies of its kind, this one differentiated between patients who were hospitalized and those who were not. This is significant because patients who are hospitalized tend to be more seriously injured. They also have different guidelines for follow-up care. Patients who are not hospitalized are generally only advised to seek recurring care if they have ongoing problems.

Saliva test may identify concussions with longer-term symptoms

If a concussion test that uses saliva to measure the severity of a concussion reaches the market, it might be easier to identify West Virginia children and adolescents who may have lingering symptoms. At present, there is not a test available that identifies those who will suffer from fatigue, nausea and headaches for one to four months although up to 25 percent of children with concussions do. However, researchers at Penn State have developed a saliva test that predicted with 90 percent accuracy which children would have these symptoms over a longer period of time.

Traumatic brain injury symptoms

A traumatic brain injury can occur when a West Virginia resident suffers a sports injury, becomes involved in a car accident or even falls. These blows to the head can range in severity. Even mild traumatic brain injuries can have serious side effects, though the severity of the brain injury may actually be influenced by a number of factors like the age and health of the person before the injury.

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