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Traumatic brain injury symptoms

A person in Ohio who has sustained a traumatic brain injury may endure a range of different symptoms, depending on how severe the injury was. The most severe brain injuries can result in altered states of consciousness including coma, vegetative state and brain death. When someone is in a coma, they may emerge from the coma and recover consciousness or enter a vegetative state that could become permanent.

Ohio residents and new traumatic brain injury treatments

Ohio brain injury patients may benefit from new treatment options that are delivered intravenously rather than through injection directly into the brain. There are currently no approved medications to reduce damage to the brain after a traumatic injury, and existing treatments require causing further trauma to the brain tissue. Amino acids delivered through intravenous means would make it possible to provide a safer alternative to traditional injections.

Blast trauma to brains linked to veterans' symptoms

In Ohio and across the country, stories about veterans struggling with headaches, memory problems, loss of mental focus or emotional volatility have become painfully familiar. Proximity to explosions had been suspected as the source of brain damage, but physicians often did not find evidence of this on the brain scans of veterans experiencing symptoms.

Test to diagnose brain injuries being developed

At first glance, the symptoms of TBI and PTSD look the same. Common symptoms include an inability to concentrate, anxiety, depression and fatigue. A traumatic brain injury occurs after a hit to the head while PTSD occurs after being put in a traumatic or stressful situation like combat. It is estimated that 8 million people suffer from PTSD while there are another 1.3 million in the United States with a TBI, including many in Ohio.

Researchers aim to diagnose CTE in living subjects

Ohio football fans may have seen a good deal of news coverage of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and the frequency with which former NFL players are diagnosed with this after their deaths. Researchers say that starting in summer 2016, they are going to begin an effort to diagnose CTE in people while they are still alive.

NFL attempt to influence brain injury study

Ohio coaches likely realize that a serious blow to the head can take an individual out of play at a critical stage in a game. Concussion protocol has been a huge focus in both professional and amateur sports since a link between brain disease and football activities was identified by a researcher at Boston University. Although the NFL indicated that it would contribute $30 billion for research in this area, the league later withdrew its support after unsuccessfully attempting to influence the selection of a grant recipient for further study in this area.

Study show kids need rest after concussions

Ohio parents may be interested in a new study that shows student athletes who suffer concussions experience more academic problems than those who suffer injuries to a limb. The research supports other recent studies that show children require adequate rest to recover from brain injuries.

Technology may hold the key to accurate TBI diagnosis

Many Ohio residents suffer traumatic brain injuries every year, and even head injuries that appear minor can cause symptoms such as memory loss, chronic headaches and fatigue that may persist for years. Figures from the CDC reveal that more than 50,000 Americans die each year after suffering a serious head injury, but medical professionals often have little in the way of accurate data to work with when diagnosing this kind of trauma.

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