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Ever since high profile athletes went public with their struggles of their post-concussion symptoms over the past few years, the sports world has become focused on concussion prevention, particularly in in the NFL and NHL (both involved in high profile lawsuits).
Concussion-prevention technology is the latest scientific craze but most research efforts have been focused on helping professional athletes or athletes in general.
The National Institute of Health has awarded a $6 Million grant, over 4 years to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital ( New York ). The purpose of the grant is to enable research into the neuropathological condition of head injuries in non-athletes. Researchers will focus on the effects of single-head trauma vs multiple traumas, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and traumatic brain injury in civilians over the age of 45.
With the grant, researchers are hoping to be able to find a biomarker that permits early diagnosis of CTE while patients are alive (which is diagnosed posthumously). All participants will undergo a neurobehavioural assessment, MRI scan and genomic analysis.
A biomarker, by definition is “a distinctive biological or biologically derived indicator of a process, event or condition (as aging, disease, or exposure to a toxic substance”. A biomarker is a measurable substance that can indicate the presence of a disease or infection.
The long-term effects of head injuries can range from headaches, speech difficulties, memory or concentration issues, neurological difficulties, sensory difficulties, psychological difficulties, agitation and a variety of other symptoms.
In fact, a recent Danish study found that individuals who had sustained head injuries were at risk for developing depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and other such organic mental disorders, particularly youth aged 11-15. The study revealed that head injury at any age was associated with a 65% increased chance of developing schizophrenia. This increased to 85% in individuals who had sustained a TBI between the ages of 10-15. The risk of developing one of the aforementioned disorders was largest after the first year of injury and applied to cases where severe trauma occurred.
For a more detailed explanation of how a head injury (traumatic brain injury or TBI) can occur and symptoms, here is a link from the Mayo Clinic with further information.
The number of ordinary people who have suffered head injuries is far greater than the actual number of athletes who have been diagnosed with head injuries. This is why it is important that researchers focus their efforts on a population other than athletes.
Traumatic brain injuries can occur as the result of a motor vehicle accident or slip and fall accident. If you or someone you know has sustained a traumatic brain injury, it is important to retain a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Aaron Waxman & Associates can help you with your TBI claim and can help you to ensure that a proper medical investigation is conducted.
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