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Symptoms of concussion in children

If you are a parent and your child has ever suffered a blow to the head, you may have been worried about whether he or she would start demonstrating signs of having a concussion. A concussion is a type of head trauma that can result after a blow to the head, and it can prove highly serious and even deadly.

The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries

The brain is a tricky thing and something that scientists and medical experts are perplexed by every single day. Your brain is known as the "boss" of your body and controls almost everything you do. Talking, swallowing, tasting, smelling and breathing are all functions that your brain helps regulate, along with the heart rate. When the brain is injured, there may be serious effects to the rest of your body. The result of many injuries and accidents is a traumatic brain injury.

Living with traumatic brain injury

Sometimes a brain injury is relatively quick to heal, but recovery is more often a long process that can take its toll on the victim as well as family members. Coming to terms with this kind of injury is the first step on the road back to some degree of normalcy. Once the patient has developed coping skills, it will be much easier to set goals and concentrate on a realistic schedule for reaching them.

Work-related considerations for people with brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can affect a person in many areas: behaviorally, cognitively and physically, to name just three. Often, the repercussions are long-lasting and come with long-term considerations. Here is a look at some of the things you should keep in mind when you or a loved one returns to work.

The signs of concussion in children

Dealing with a traumatic brain injury can be a terrifying experience for adults, but handling one in children can be even more stressful. Because kids are sometimes unable to locate the source of their pain or express their feelings to you, it is important to be aware of the signs of concussion in children, especially young toddlers and babies who cannot speak yet and are prone to falls. In fact, Stanford Children's Health states that there are an estimated half a million hospital visits for traumatic brain injury for children 13 years of age and younger per year. Head trauma is considered a leading cause of children's death and disability, making it extremely important to know the signs of concussion.

Youth football players show signs of brain damage from head trauma

Stories about NFL players and brain injuries have been big news for a few years. Unfortunately, there is far less information about brain injuries in children who play football. With 3.5 million youth who play football, this is an enormous gap in child safety.

Did a brain injury contribute to the shooting of Keith Scott?

The fatal police shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week is a tragic, complex matter. Further complicating the issue is the recent news that Mr. Scott may have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Will a new drug improve memory function in brain injury patients?

Last week, The Journal of Neuroscience published a study about an experimental drug that may help people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) regain some learning and memory function. The study, which tests the drug on rats, shows promise in reversing memory loss resulting from TBI.

Did repetitive head injuries cause Muhammad Ali's Parkinson's disease?

The recent death of boxer Muhammad Ali is once again highlighting the dangers of head injuries, especially those suffered repeatedly by athletes in certain sports. Ali had Parkinson's disease, which is a neurological disease that has been linked by some studies to head injuries.

Will an adult stem cell study prove useful for TBI?

Toledo-based ProMedica and California stem-cell company Stemedica Cell Technologies Inc. announced an adult stem cell clinical trial that will run for a year. This study aims to determine whether stem cells can cause regeneration of new cells or preservation of existing cells in adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

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