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What signs should I be looking out for regarding brain injury?

Like many injuries, a brain injury should be investigated and treated as soon as possible in order to prevent conditions from worsening or further health complications. But unlike most other injuries, brain injuries can be difficult to detect, and the effects that they can cause even if they are treated immediately can alter the entire course of your life.

Brain injury symptoms to watch out for

The dangers of brain injuries simply cannot be overstated. There are very few other injuries that have the long-lasting, life-altering effects that a brain injury has. Broken bones and cuts can be set and stitched, and within a few months or years, you will likely be good as new. With many brain injuries, no amount of time will ever help you become the person you were before the injury.

Prematurity and preventing brain injuries

Pennsylvania parents may be interested to learn about a recent study that shows administering certain medications can help prevent the occurrence of permanent brain injuries in infants who are born prematurely. The study demonstrated that a neurotransmitter helps to prevent brain injuries and abnormalities from occurring following a premature birth.

Traumatic brain injuries change brain structure

New research indicates that traumatic brain injuries may actually change brain structure in a way that leads to impaired brain function. Pennsylvania residents who have had brain injuries, even mild ones, may be at risk for developing memory difficulties or other cognitive problems from these changes.

The effects of brain injury

For people in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, a brain injury can have many long-lasting effects on one's well-being. The exact effects of such an injury depend on which side of the brain was hurt. For instance, if the right side of the brain was hurt, an individual could have trouble moving the left side of their body. It may also be harder to think of "the big picture" when making plans or trying to solve problems.

The long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury

Pennsylvania residents may be surprised to learn that a serious brain injury may lead to the early onset of Alzheimer's disease as well as other forms of dementia. Researchers from the Imperial College in London came to this conclusion after comparing the brain scans of healthy individuals with those of 99 people who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. The results of the study were published in April 2015 in the Annals of Neurology.

The treatment and management of sports concussions

In March of 2013, the guidelines on how to manage and evaluate sports concussions were updated by the American Academy of Neurology. These guidelines, which had not been updated since 1997, were changed significantly. Pennsylvania residents should make note of these recommendations, especially if they are active in sports or if their children participate.

Challenges faced by people with traumatic brain injuries

Among people in Pennsylvania with traumatic brain injuries, the symptoms can span a wide range of physical, behavioral and cognitive changes. Sometimes a person can recover, but others may require care and support for the rest of their lives.

How is a traumatic brain injury identified?

The symptoms for a brain injury are not always immediately apparent. However, prompt medical intervention may be important for limiting adverse effects, making it important to seek treatment as soon as possible if one is suspected. Some Pennsylvania residents may wonder about the methods used by medical professionals to diagnose a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, it may be helpful to understand potential symptoms so that appropriate decisions about seeking assistance can be made.

When rehospitalization occurs after traumatic brain injuries

A study that took place in 1999 looked at the number of rehospitalizations after one suffers a serious brain injury and why re-admittance to a hospital occurred. This information could be relevant to those in Pennsylvania who have suffered a brain injury or their families, life care planners, researchers and health care providers.

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