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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Series of Articles on Traumatic Brain Injury Provide Good Overview
The Daily Times of Maryland is running a series of articles on Traumatic Brain Injury this month. The author, Paul Rendine, has this to say about them:
Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles about traumatic brain injuries. Surprisingly to me, I received one of the largest numbers of comments and questions -- more than 67 -- during the life of that series. I thought that this month might be the best time to both review those comments, while updating the current scientific, medical and rehabilitation programs that seem now to provide the best outlook or answers for this least understood but still highly prevalent disability.Just click on one of the dates below to link to that day's article.
Excerpt from May 2, 2010 article:
As I write this, traumatic brain injury is a major public health problem in America, especially among male adolescents and young adults ages 15-24, as well as among elderly people of both sexes 75 years and older. Children aged 5 and younger are also at high risk for TBI, vis-à-vis shaken baby syndrome, for example.
Excerpt from May 9, 2010 article:
Skull fractures can cause bruising of brain tissue called a contusion. A contusion is a distinct area of swollen brain tissue mixed with blood released from broken blood vessels. A contusion can also occur in response to shaking of the brain back and forth within the confines of the skull, an injury called contrecoup. This injury often occurs in car accidents after high-speed stops and in shaken baby syndrome, a severe form of head injury that occurs when a baby is shaken forcibly enough to cause the brain to bounce against the skull.
Excerpt from May 16, 2010 article:
Sometimes, health complications occur in the period immediately following a TBI. These complications are not types of TBI, but are distinct medical problems that arise as a result of the injury to the brain. Although complications are rare, the risk increases with the severity of the trauma.
Excerpt from May 23, 2010 article:
Disabilities resulting from a TBI depend upon the severity of the injury, the location of the injury, and the age and general health of the patient. Some common disabilities include problems with cognition (thinking, memory and reasoning), sensory processing (sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell), communication (expression and understanding) and behavior or mental health (depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out and social inappropriateness).
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