According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are the cause of 282,000 hospitalizations each year. A TBI occurs when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. Currently, one of the leading causes of TBIs are motor vehicle accidents. On average, a TBI results in a two-week hospitalization, depending on the severity of the injuries. In some instances, these injuries are a result of someone else’s negligence.… Read the rest
Brain scans using the most recent technologies are challenging the decade-old doctors’ assumption that patients who have been diagnosed as vegetative lack any capacity for conscious thought. Most of these patients are previously healthy people who suffered a traumatic brain injury such as in a car accident, or oxygen deprivation after a heart attack or stroke or perhaps even due to medical malpractice. Although most brain scans show what is wrong with someone’s brain, sophisticated brain scans are showing what parts of the brain are working, with surprising results.
What is lacking in these patients is not necessarily … Read the rest
While many might assume that concussions are a “boy thing”, studies are showing that girls are more susceptible to suffering a concussion. For instance, in high school soccer, girls sustained a concussion 68 percent more often than boys, while in basketball, girls are practically three times more likely to sustain a concussion. Due to the erroneous notion that a concussion is a problem that primarily plagues males, looking for and diagnosing concussions in women are not reasonably and diligently pursued.
Some symptoms of a concussion include blurred vision, dizziness, nausea and disorientation. However, often the diagnosis of a concussion is … Read the rest