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Progesterone Ineffective in Treating Traumatic Brain Injury, Study Shows

A recent study revealed that the hormone progesterone does not improve patient outcomes after traumatic brain injuries.
The study was conducted by issuing randomized progesterone pills and placebos within four hours of receiving a head injury. Treatment would follow for ninety-six hours, followed by a six-month observation period by researchers.
The favorable outcome rate for progesterone patients was 51 percent, while the placebo patients had favorable outcomes four percentage points higher, at 55 percent. This indicates that progesterone does not in fact assist TBI patients in recovering from their injuries.
Well over a million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year, and tragically fifty thousand of those injured die, while over 200,000 are hospitalized. One of the most important steps in treating a traumatic brain injury is in diagnosing it; a misdiagnosis can lead to serious complications and risks later on.
If you’ve suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, you should consider speaking to a traumatic brain injury lawyer, who will be able to help you recover the compensation and redress to which you are entitled in such an event.

By |February 18th, 2015|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Progesterone Ineffective in Treating Traumatic Brain Injury, Study Shows

Brain Injuries Linked to Incarceration

A recent study has linked rates of incarceration with brain injuries. The research found that 60% of inmates or ex-offenders have suffered a traumatic injury, with one in ten sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
When one experiences a brain injury, their entire lives are effected – sometimes for years after the accident. Multi-tasking becomes very difficult, and patients are often more prone to angry or emotional outbursts. In a correctional facility, employees may not always be trained to recognize symptoms of TBI and may mistake them for simple disobedience. This can lead to unfair punishments of people who simply may not be able to control their actions because of their injuries.
Traumatic brain injury in women prisoners is often linked to violent crime, and they are more likely to have sustained brain injuries from physical abuse. Juvenile offenders, too, often suffer brain injuries as a result of abuse. In male inmates, brain injuries are associated with the perpetration of domestic violence. Indeed, traumatic brain injuries can be a vicious cycle.
Not all hope is lost, though. More than ever, non-profits are helping assist inmates with a history of brain injuries. There’s even a Commission on Safety and Abuse in American Prison. They recommend regular TBI screenings of inmates, particularly those with drug and alcohol problems. Management training for guards dealing with inmates suffering from TBI will also help de-escalate potentially dangerous situations.

By |February 18th, 2015|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Brain Injuries Linked to Incarceration

Football Players Sue University for Head Injuries Sustained in Practice, Games

A former college football player has filed suit against his university. The man, Nathaniel Seth Irvin, played for Illinois’ Olivet Nazarene College in the 1980s. He claims that improper use of helmets and unsafe coaching techniques led to multiple head injuries in his time on the team.
Despite showing symptoms of a concussions, including vomiting, dizziness, blackouts, amnesia and chronic headaches, Irvin was encouraged to get back out on the field to play. Irvin also claims that he was never properly instructed as to how to use safety equipment most effectively. He also was instructed to tackle improperly and unsafely.
Since his time on the team, Irvin has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic epilepsy and other scary traumatic brain injuries. It was not until recently – when his symptoms became worse – did Irvin connect his injuries back to his days on the football field.
A similar class-action lawsuit was filed last year, with a federal judge denying former college athletes a $75 million dollar settlement, despite their collective long-term injuries sustained while playing sports. If Irvin’s lawsuit is successful, it could open many doors for athletes in similar situations. With proper safety equipment and medical attention, there’s no reason any football player should sustain such life-altering injuries. Preventing such injuries is the key to a healthy life that will last far after they players hang up their jerseys.
Many young athletes don’t realize the potential for long-term damage when playing their favorite sport. Making a collegiate or professional level sports team is often a dream come true for such passionate players. Most don’t think twice about the effects their sport might have on their health over the rest of their lives.

By |February 18th, 2015|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Football Players Sue University for Head Injuries Sustained in Practice, Games

Legislation Offers Help to Veterans with TBI

A new bill has been introduced to help our veterans recover from the effects traumatic brain injuries have had on their lives. The bill, passed in the Indiana legislation, would create the Veterans Recovery Program and Fund. Dedicated to assisting and caring for servicemen and women who sustained brain injuries while in combat, the program would offer medical treatments and counseling.
One news story captured the gravity of the situation, offering up one veteran’s story as an example of how life-changing traumatic brain injuries can be. Austin Fritz, a 32-year-old sniper who served in Iraq, came home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury. His injuries cause him to function at a 4-to-5 year-old level and be cared for by his parents.
Too often, our American heroes are forgotten about or neglected once they set foot back on U.S. soil. More needs to be done to protect our servicemen and women, especially in an area like Hampton Roads. With our large military population, the health and success of the community at large depends on the care given to these veterans.
Brain injuries often go unnoticed and undiagnosed for years after the initial trauma. Unlike broken limbs or other injuries, TBI can be invisible to those not trained to look for the symptoms. This leads many young men and women – athletes and veterans alike – to lead lives that are affected by inexplicable personality changes, blackouts, dizziness and other symptoms. It’s important we better educate ourselves about such symptoms and work to prevent brain injuries from occurring in the first place.

By |February 18th, 2015|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Legislation Offers Help to Veterans with TBI

New Mobile App Helps Diagnose Brain Injuries

A new mobile app designed to help diagnose traumatic brain injuries has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The app doesn’t have a catchy name, but the Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment will surely come in handy when diagnosing service men and women on the battlefield. The official Army website reports that the app, also known as DANA, will be useful for medical providers to diagnose brain injuries in almost any setting.
Designed much like a video game, the app asks service members to complete several on-screen challenges to gauge speed and accuracy. They will also answer a series of questions about their symptoms relating not only to traumatic brain injury, but to post-traumatic stress disorder as well.
This app was developed for military use, but one can only imagine the far reaching ramifications of a program like DANA. Might youth football coaches someday have this app downloaded onto their phones, ready to check for injury at any time? Perhaps paramedics will diagnose on site with the app. Even professional athletes could be easily tested for brain injuries by their athletic trainers along the sidelines of a big game. Because of the versatility of the app, one can clearly see how helpful it could potentially be in all kinds of situations involving brain injuries.
The military designed the app to help understand traumatic brain injuries and how they occur. In 2013, there were more than 27,000 cases of traumatic brain injuries across the four branches of the military. That’s nearly three times the amount diagnosed in 2000 when the Department of Defense began keeping track of such figures.

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By |December 29th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on New Mobile App Helps Diagnose Brain Injuries

Brain Injury, PTSD Lead to Poor Cognitive Function

New research has revealed the troubling effects that the combination of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries can have on veterans. The Journal of Neutrotrauma found that patients diagnosed with both conditions have poorer psychological and cognitive outcomes than those only diagnosed with one. The journal also reports that even mild traumatic brain injury can lead to ongoing cognitive issues for patients.
This news is critical for many of our Hampton Roads area veterans. It is estimated that one third of all veterans diagnosed with TBI also suffer from PTSD. 12 to 16 percent of all Iraqi conflict veterans experienced TBI. This is obviously a huge portion of the men and women sent abroad to fight for our country.
Psychcentral.com reports that this new research is critically important, as TBI and PTSD are rarely studied in conjunction with one another. Understanding how they effect the brain together will lead to better treatments and rehabilitation.
This study was conducted at a military hospital in England, where veterans were asked to complete a series of tests to measure brain function. The tests measured everything from IQ to psychological distress to verbal memory to processing speed. Researchers were able to link mild cognitive impairments with the patients’ traumatic brain injuries.
As more research is done to better understand how TBI and PTSD work, veterans will have a better chance at repairing and rehabilitating their health. This research has far-reaching ramifications, too, for athletes and other patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

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By |December 29th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Brain Injury, PTSD Lead to Poor Cognitive Function

High School Football Player Talks about His Life Changing Traumatic Brain Injury

The most striking portion of an essay written by a former high school football player in the Huffington Post is the part where he discusses the mentality of the team in respect to traumatic brain injuries. According to the author, the culture surrounding high school football causes athletes to view concussions “as if they were stripes on a soldier’s uniform that mark military accomplishments.” Sadly, the author details how this culture of self-sacrifice causes athletes to ignore injuries that essentially amount to brain damage.
The author uses his own story as an example. No one explained to him how devastating repeated concussion could be until it was too late. The author described how his brain is now wired for depression and the effect his brain injury has had on his academic performance. To him, the repeated head collisions received while playing football were akin to playing Russian roulette. He writes that “Some players like me kept pulling the trigger until it was too late.” Finally, he notes how difficult it can be to dissuade student athletes from reporting their head injuries for fear that they are letting their team down. He even wonders whether if the message would have gotten through had he read an article such as the one he was now writing while he was playing.
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By |December 15th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on High School Football Player Talks about His Life Changing Traumatic Brain Injury

Study Links Traumatic Brain Injury to Substance Abuse in Adolescence

Evidence continues to emerge that traumatic brain injuries can lead to increased risky behavior among adolescents. A recent study examined more than 6,000 adolescents grades 9th through 12th as part of an on-going effort to diagnosis the causes of substance abuse in teens. The results confirmed that a traumatic brain injury is correlated with an increased risk of substance abuse among teenagers. The authors of the article wrote that any head injury resulting in hospitalization or loss of consciousness for more than 5 minutes can be classified as a traumatic brain injury.
It probably does not surprise most of us that a traumatic brain injury could cause students to engage in more substance abuse. However, it may be a shock to learn that teens with a history of traumatic brain injuries were found to be 3.8 times more likely to have used drugs such as crystal meth or un-prescribed sedatives. Teens with head injuries were also found to be more than twice as likely to have used opioids or stimulants associated with the treatment of ADHD. Researchers fear that the increased use of substances may be a result of students attempting to self-medicate the symptoms of their head trauma. The authors further noted that use of illicit substances themselves may stunt recovery from an injury.
The article confirms that traumatic brain injuries may be “double trouble” for adolescents. Not only does the injury itself present a substantial obstacle, but corresponding risky behavior also poses a threat to teens.

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By |December 15th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Study Links Traumatic Brain Injury to Substance Abuse in Adolescence

How a Family Financially Survived a Traumatic Brain Injury

The Daily Finance recently ran an article detailing how one families’ smart spending helped them survive one of their members suffering a traumatic brain injury. The victim in the story suffered his injury after falling 20 feet while at work. He was placed on disability, where he would earn his salary but would not receive any raises. Since he was injured at the age of 27, this may have represented a substantial reduction in his lifelong earning potential.
Many families in this situation would find their dreams perpetually on hold. However, the family at the center of the Daily Finance’s story had turned saving and smart spending into a friendly competition before the husband’s injury. All of their finances were automated through Quicken and allocated into different categories– bills, savings, Christmas, etc. They also gave each other a weekly allowance, but if they went over the spending limit they would have to explain it. Their frugalness allowed them to achieve many of their objectives despite the husband’s work accident. For example, they were eventually able to put down enough money to purchase the house they had been saving for from the beginning.
Still, the injury caused its fair share of difficulties for the family. The family’s savings dissipated from $20,000 before the recovery process began to $3,000 afterwards, though some of this will be repaid through disability back payment. The husband suffers hearing loss, double vision and migraines to this day.

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By |December 8th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on How a Family Financially Survived a Traumatic Brain Injury

Football Brain Injuries Becoming More Common

A new study has revealed just how dangerous football can be for young student athletes. Researchers scanned the brains of 45 high school football players before and after their fall season. Players also wore special helmets to record hits and gather other data. By the end of the season, no player had suffered a concussion – but researchers still found evidence of brain injury.
Richmondregister.com reports that the white matter in the brain is changed each time a player’s head is struck. Experts have called for limitations on the number of hits a student can take per game or practice. Other sports have adopted such rules to keep their players safe; young pitchers can only throw so many pitches before being pulled from a baseball game, ensuring their arms are not being harmed.
Though other concussions are certainly also likely in sports like soccer and hockey, experts say the difference comes down to strategy. Accidents may happen in other sports, but football is the only game where striking something with your head is part of your strategy to win. The simple nature of the sport is likely to increase the chance of injury to the brain.

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By |November 21st, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Football Brain Injuries Becoming More Common