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New CDC guidelines emphasize concussions as brain injury

As the school year gears up in New York and across the country, many sports are also starting again. Recent news stories about the impact of repetitive brain injury have many parents concerned about their children. In fact, new guidelines released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasize that what might be considered a mild concussion is still an injury to the brain and could have serious ramifications.

According to the new guidelines, there is really nothing "minor" about a concussion. A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury which could have significant ramifications. One pediatric doctor is happy to hear about the new changes with the CDC. He claims that approximately 200 children are admitted to his hospital each year for mild traumatic brain injury, and the new guidelines give additional details on how to treat such injuries.

5 ways a brain injury can impact your emotions and behaviors

A traumatic brain injury can have much more than just physical effects. You may experience serious emotional and behavioral changes as well. Depending on what part of the brain is injured and the severity of the damage, the way you express or feel emotions may change.

There are a lot of potential emotional and behavioral impacts of brain injuries, from apathy to emotional outbursts. Here are some common ways your behaviors and feelings may change after sustaining a TBI: 

Caretaker accused of abuse after toddler suffers head injury

As most people in New York who have spent time around small children can likely attest, toddlers can be frustrating. Unfortunately, those who are ill-equipped to deal with these frustrations could ultimately cause serious injury if they take their frustrations out on a child. In fact, a woman in another state was recently accused of child abuse after a young child in her care suffered a head injury.

The incident is said to have happened in February. A 44-year-old woman was taking care of a 23-month-old female child. At some point, the sitter contacted the child's mother, informing her that the child was not "acting right." An ambulance was called to the scene, but since the child's condition had improved, the mother opted to take the child home with her rather than going to the hospital.

Study suggests traumatic brain injury increases suicide risk

While much is known about the brain, there are still many aspects of it that mystify medical professionals in New York and across the globe.  Perhaps because of its important roles in many bodily functions, a traumatic brain injury often has significant, long-term implications. Unfortunately, scientists and researchers are still working to determine exactly how a TBI can impact victims.

A recent study has raised somewhat alarming concerns about the long-terms implications of an injury to the brain. While known symptoms include impact on motor function, emotions and behavior in addition to problems with attention, memory and coordination in addition to an increased risk of dementia, a recent study sheds some light on the long-term psychiatric implications of such an injury. According to the study, a TBI can increase the risk of suicide.

New York toddler undergoes surgery following daycare head injury

Parents in New York and across the country are often left to make difficult decisions about their children's care. Because they are often unable to afford leaving their job to care for their children, they must place them in childcare. Unfortunately, a toddler recently underwent surgery after she suffered a head injury while at a daycare.

The incident happened at a daycare facility licensed to care for 14 children. While many of the details of the incident are unclear, police say that the child was transported to the hospital, where she was rushed into surgery. Police reports indicate that the 2-year-old is in critical condition.

Traumatic brain injuries linked to dementia

Traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of major falls, auto accidents and sports injuries. A single instance of head trauma is enough to result in lifelong consequences. In fact, recent research suggests just one occurrence of TBI can substantially increase a person's chances of developing dementia later in life.

Elisa Zanier, who is a researcher for the Mario Negri Institute, has stated that these injuries are the leading cause of disabilities and death in young adults. However, she suggests that even milder cases of the condition could significantly increase a young person's chances of dementia and other types of degenerative brain diseases, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. According to Zanier, "Understanding the mechanism linking an acute mechanical event to a progressive, degenerative brain disease would help the development of new therapies."

Lawsuit filed after head injury involving air rifle

There are a variety of different products that are marketed to young people that could easily result in serious injury, especially if a manufacturer has not taken proper measures to ensure the product is as safe as can be. For example, most parents in New York are likely aware that air rifles hold a certain degree of risk of injury. However, they expect that certain features -- such as a safety mode -- will provide some protection. Unfortunately, a recently filed lawsuit claims that the manufacturer of a certain air rifle was negligent, resulting in a teenager's head injury.

The incident that led to the teenager's injuries happened in July 2014. According to reports, he had the rifle in safety mode. Despite this, the lawsuit claims that the rifle fired, causing a pellet to strike the teenager in his head.

How long does it take to recover from a TBI injury?

A traumatic brain injury is a serious ailment that can have a lifelong impact on its victims. There are a number of circumstances that can lead to this injury, including car accidents, sports injuries and falls, but any trauma to the head is liable to cause a TBI. If you experience symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, amnesia and difficulty communicating, you should see a doctor immediately in case you have a TBI. 

You might be wondering how long it takes a TBI to fully heal. There is no straightforward answer to this question, but the following information can help you better understand what to expect from your recovery.

Lawsuit filed after 7-year-old suffers head injury

During the summer, parents in New York and across the country often have to make important decisions about who will care for their children during the day. When they do make a decision, they put a great deal of faith into those who provide care -- which could ultimately be a variety of different people. Unfortunately, a family is now coping with the unexpected death of a 7-year-old after he suffered a head injury at a public pool in another state.

The incident happened one morning on a day in June. According to reports, the young boy was visiting a public swimming pool as part of a day camp. Unfortunately, he was discovered unconscious, suffering from a heady injury.

Infant not expected to recover following child injury

As most people in New York and across the country are aware, the brain is an amazing organ. Because of all the many important roles it plays, however, damage to the brain can have permanent, significant consequences. Unfortunately, officials in another state claim that an infant has suffered an irreparable child injury after being shaken by the woman who was providing care while the child's mother worked.

Reports indicate that the baby was healthy at 7:30 a.m. when the mother left the child with a friend while she went to work. However, the caretaker contacted the mother around noon, indicating that the child had stopped breathing after choking on milk. The baby was transported to the hospital where it was determined that the child had suffered a traumatic brain injury, among others.

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