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What Are the Long-Term Risks of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

New research released by the University of California at San Francisco has found a link between traumatic brain injuries and the onset of dementia. Data collected by studying more than 188,000 veterans over seven years showed a 60 percent higher chance of developing dementia and dying two years earlier than groups without TBIs. According to the data, older veterans with a prior traumatic brain injury developed dementia at the age of 78.5 whereas a population absent of TBIs developed it at 80.7. What Is Dementia? According to the Centers for Disease control, dementia is an ‘umbrella term’ for a group of disorders that are associated with memory impairment, motor activity impairment, a reduction in object recognition, language difficulties and loss of the ability to organize, plan and abstract information. One of the most well-known and feared forms of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease of the brain that eventually…
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How Widespread Have Concussions Become Among High School Football Players?

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

Concussions are typically considered to be a mild traumatic brain injury.   However, concussions can have long-term consequences.  And, some individuals can have their lives altered permanently as the result of receiving one or more concussions.  Recently, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released data showing 1,200 high school football players may have sustained concussions this past season. The growing awareness of the incidence and adverse health consequences of concussions and brain injuries in professional football has led to many changes in how concussions are reported and handled across the nation.   In the Indiana study of high school football players, only 189 of the 410 schools submitted data.  Thus, the actual  incidence of concussions may have been higher than the 1,200 estimate. What Are the Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Teenagers? Documentation on the adverse consequences of TBIs in teenage athletes continues to grow more alarming. Canadian researchers funded by the…
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Does the Government Fund Traumatic Brain Injury Research?

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

Last year, the Obama Administration announced the launch of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, which is expected to pioneer new technologies and areas of research for neuroscience. Costs of the BRAIN Initiative rival that of the Human Genome Project, with $4.5 billion in funding secured by the National Institutes of Health to cover costs of the program over the next 10 to 12 years. Other government agencies, such as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will invest in BRAIN by developing new technologies to help patients suffering from mental illness and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). How the BRAIN Initiative Will Tackle Its Goals The BRAIN Initiative will attempt to tackle one of the greatest mysteries of modern medicine, how the human brain works at a cellular level.  Despite numerous technological advances over the years,  the medical community still has does not understand precisely how the brain…
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