What is a brain injury; are there different types?

Brain injuries come in many forms, which can make a brain injury hard to identify. Interestingly, because each brain injury is one of a kind, no one, not even your doctors, will be able to predict every possible side effect or the length of treatment needed. After you suffer a brain injury in an accident or following a trauma, you’ll likely have symptoms like memory loss or pain. Several kinds of brain injuries exist with different symptoms, though. A concussion, for instance, happens when the brain is impacted and swells. This is the most common type of brain injury, but Continue Reading

What are signs of a traumatic brain injury?

A first-degree burn is considered an injury that usually can be treated without professional medical assistance. The same is not true for a traumatic brain injury, despite the fact some Boston patients are diagnosed with “mild” TBIs. The victim of a mild TBI may suffer from immediate or delayed symptoms that must be treated seriously. TBIs are caused by direct injuries or indirect forces that shake, bruise and damage our most vital organ. A TBI can produce symptoms affecting a patient’s physical, mental and emotional state. Short-term, long-term or permanent brain dysfunction is possible following a traumatic brain injury. A Continue Reading

Could our genes affect how we recover from a brain injury?

One of the most catastrophic injuries that a person can suffer in an accident is one that damages the brain. Depending on where and how severely a brain is damaged, a victim could suffer a wide range of physical and psychological consequences including memory loss, chronic headaches, confusion and social deficits. Minimizing the damage that is done after a person suffers a brain injury is crucial. We have known that responding quickly and being acutely aware of symptoms of a brain injury are both important factors in treating a brain injury, but a recent report suggests that our genes can Continue Reading

Improved testing for concussions in Massachusetts teen athletes

A proposed bill in Massachusetts may make testing for concussions in young athletes easier. The legislation addresses the need for baseline information concerning a student athlete’s brain function so that the severity of a head injury can be more accurately assessed. The new bill would complement legislation passed in 2010 that requires student athlete physicals on an annual basis, specialized training for those who work with those athletes and more comprehensive reporting of head injury incidents at the state level. Additional legislation is pending to institute standards for use in preventing concussions. According to reports, the bill was inspired by Continue Reading

ER observation time associated with reduced CT rates

Massachusetts residents might be interested to hear that, according to a study that was published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the longer a child who has minor blunt head trauma is observed in the emergency room department, the less likely the child will be to require a computed tomography scan. According to the lead study author, every hour that a child was observed was associated with a reduced CT rate no matter whether the child was at low, immediate or high risk of traumatic brain injury. According to the study, emergency physicians observed about half of the children Continue Reading