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Study looks at reason for TBI differences by sex

Pennsylvania women who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be more likely to have depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder afterward than men. Researchers have not known why this is the case, but a study funded by the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has an answer. The study has found that the key may be a pathway in the brain that is disrupted in women.

Mild TBI and symptoms after six months

Some people in Pennsylvania who have sustained mild traumatic brain injuries may still suffer symptoms six months later. A recent study looked at 1,151 patients with mild traumatic brain injury, approximately 60 percent of whom were hospitalized. Studies of this kind usually don't separate patients by whether or not they were hospitalized, but those who were have usually suffered more serious injuries. Follow-up protocols differ for patients who were hospitalized. These individuals are advised to return for follow-up appointments. However, those who weren't admitted to the hospital are usually told they do not need to return for outpatient care unless they have ongoing issues.

Brain injuries will be in the spotlight during March

More than 5 million people around the country have been left disabled by traumatic brain injuries, and the challenges they face on a daily basis will be recognized in March during National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. The nation's emergency rooms treat about 2.2 million serious brain injuries each year, and head trauma accounts for almost a third of all U.S. injury deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TBIs and how they affect children

Many Pennsylvania children experience traumatic brain injuries when they are participating in sports. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 250,000 children and young adults received treatment for TBIs that were related to sports or recreation in 2009. Between 2001 and 2009, sports and recreation-related TBIs increased by 57 percent among people under the age of 19.

Mild brain injuries could mean trouble later

Pennsylvania residents might like to know about a study linking brain injury, mental decline and Alzheimer's. The report published in a peer-reviewed medical journal suggests that even mild head injuries should be taken seriously as they could lead to brain diseases in those who are genetically at risk for Alzheimer's.

Improving sleep cycles may help brain injuries heal faster

Pennsylvania drivers or passengers who become involved in a car accident are at risk for suffering a brain injury. Not only can a brain injury result in a lengthy hospital stay, but patients may become disabled or even lose their ability to function on their own. Researchers have set out to learn whether improving sleep patterns during recovery could help improve patients' functions.

Early diagnosis of brain injuries is crucial for recovery

Many people who are involved in bicycle and motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania sustain traumatic brain injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that accidents involving motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles are the most common cause of TBI. The CDC says that an estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from a TBI each year.

Connection between brain injury and PTSD emerges in new study

Physicians in Pennsylvania may soon start monitoring more patients with brain injuries for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. The findings of a study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma indicated that 27 percent of subjects with mild traumatic brain injuries exhibited symptoms of PTSD six months after their head injuries.

Paraplegic patients move again after participating in study

Some Pennsylvania residents who sustain spinal cord injuries are left completely or partially paralyzed. Until recently, many researchers believed that this kind of paralyses was irreversible. A study found evidence that brain-machine interfaces can be used to train the brains of paraplegic people and allow these people to regain some of their muscle control.

Insurers drafting exclusions for sports-related brain injuries

Both professional and amateur athletes in Pennsylvania could potentially suffer concussions that lead to life-altering consequences. More people have recently become aware of such risks with the news of lawsuits against the NFL by players and their families.