Many Oklahomans have incurred traumatic brain injuries. These injuries may be difficult to detect and may range in severity. Research shows that eye tracking movements may be used to identify TBIs, helping patients to receive the proper care and treatment.
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can significantly impact a person's quality of life. People in Oklahoma who sustain TBIs may be interested to know that the brain actually has a natural suspension system that helps to lower the effects of major impacts.
A child in Oklahoma or elsewhere who experiences a severe traumatic brain injury may be five times more likely to suffer from secondary ADHD. Children who experience a minor TBI are twice as likely to develop attention issues compared to a healthy individual. This is according to research conducted by individuals from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). The research followed children for an average of seven years after they experienced a TBI.
Oklahoma residents who have received the treatment called catheter ablation may be interested to learn that research has linked it to brain lesions in some cases. Catheter ablation is used to treat irregular heartbeats, and the brain lesions may occur when the procedure is performed on the left side. The small study was published in the American Heart Association journal "Circulation" and called for more research on how the lesions could be avoided as well as on their impact.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.5 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury each year. Most TBIs are caused in automobile, motorcycle or bicycle crashes, and they can have long-term effects. It is important that those who experience such an injury as well as their family members understand how to handle living with it. The first step is to get a diagnosis as soon as possible.
Any trauma that occurs to a newborn's brachial plexus, or the set of nerves around the shoulder, can result in arm weakness or the inability of the newborn to move that appendage. Oklahoma residents who are expecting a child may want to learn about neonatal brachial plexus palsy, or NBPP. It is a birth injury that occurs when the brachial plexus nerve is damaged.
Oklahoma residents may be familiar with a controversial police shooting case in Charlotte, South Carolina. However, they may have missed certain details, such as the effort by the man's wife to advise police that her husband had a traumatic brain injury. The nationwide attention to this case has focused primarily on racial tensions, but TBI deserves some attention as well. The man's mother has provided the media with an overview of the injury, which apparently resulted from a motorcycle accident that occurred approximately a year earlier.
Oklahoma residents may be interested in reading about a study regarding the long-term effects associated with concussions. According to a study at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, physicians found that a large amount of student athletes who suffered repeated concussions also suffered brain injuries that were not detected until months or years after their injury occurred.
Oklahoma residents may be aware that playing contact sports like football or rugby has been linked with degenerative brain diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy. While professional athletes have experienced medical professionals ready to help them with the latest diagnostic equipment at their disposal, not all of of the 44 million or so American children who regularly participate in sports are as lucky.
After a traumatic brain injury, there is a chance for short or long-term complications. The severity of the injury may play a role in the type of and severity of any complications or other effects of the injury. For some, a brain injury may lead to several days or weeks spent in a coma or vegetative state. When in a coma, people are unaware of their surroundings and unable to react to outside stimulus.