Children’s vulnerability to traumatic brain injuries

Anyone of any age can be involved in an accident that damages the functioning of the brain but some groups, including children, are more prone than others to suffer. Traumatic brain injuries affect about 1.7 million Americans each year. The most likely TBI patients are 65 and older, children under age 5 and teens, ages 15 to 19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 80 percent of the people diagnosed with TBIs between 2002 and 2006 were released following emergency room treatment. Another 275,000 people were admitted to hospitals and 52,000 died from brain trauma. TBIs can be Continue Reading

Minority children with head trauma less likely to get CT scans

Minority children who go to the hospital for treatment of blunt head trauma are less likely to have a CT scan than nonminority children, according to a new study. But the reason may not be what many might think, and the report is raising new questions about how to diagnose children with a suspected brain injury. The children studied were admitted to emergency departments after suffering minor head trauma, and who were considered at low or intermediate risk of having a serious brain injury. Serious cases were not included. Medical records for almost 40,000 children under age 18 were examined Continue Reading