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Family Support Following a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries impact not only the individual but also the entire family. Because of this, it is essential for everyone to understand the role of the family in the recovery process after a traumatic brain injury. When an individual suffers a TBI, the emotional and social support that their family provides can aid significantly in the healing process. Therefore, when discussing any treatment following a brain injury, it is vital to address not only the individual but also his or her loved ones.

Blue Light Therapy Reduces Symptoms in Patients Who Suffer a Concussion 

A new treatment for mild cases of traumatic brain injury such as concussion using blue light may result in improvement in concentration, depression, and sleep issues. The American Academy of Neurology recently reported the results of a study conducted using 35 subjects who had suffered a concussion in the past 18 months. The study results, although released preliminarily, are expected to be presented at the academy’s annual meeting in Canada, which is being held from April 15 until May 1, 2020. The average age of the study subjects was 26. 

Ways to Handle Work Activities After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Motor vehicle accidents frequently result in a traumatic brain injury that can require a long period of recuperation. In many cases, a brain injury can make it difficult for the sufferer to resume their life the way it was before the accident. But, with time, things can change. Some individuals are able to return to work, albeit at a lower-pressured job. It is essential to assist your brain’s powerful attempts at healing by following a self-care protocol. This brain-healthy protocol changes with time as one moves through the process. Here are a few helpful tips that can make it easier to face the increased mental stimulation and tiredness that can accompany a traumatic brain injury when returning to work.

Blood-Brain Barrier Leaks After Traumatic Head Injury

A motor vehicle accident can result in some form of traumatic head injury from concussions to life-changing events. However, a new study suggests that damage to the protective layer surrounding the brain can happen even without suffering a concussion. The study was conducted using adult and adolescent athletes and published recently in the Journal of Neurotrauma. The study, by researchers at Ben-Gurion Hospital, Stanford University, and Dublin’s Trinity College, showed damage to the blood-brain barrier that occurred even with a mild TBI. The main job of the blood-brain barrier is to keep infectious agents and toxins out of the brain. Damage to this area could increase the risk of toxins and pathogens entering the brain. 

Safety Tips for Brain Injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released a helpful list of brain injury safety tips. By focusing on injury prevention, long-term health complications can be avoided. Because a TBI can occur at any time and in any age group, these brain injury safety tips apply to everyone.

Brain Injuries Can Lead to Delirium

Delirium is the term used to refer to an acute state of confusion. The majority of individuals who develop delirium are those who spend an excessive amount of time in the hospital. The monotony associated with a prolonged hospital stay is thought to contribute to the development of delirium. Now, a research paper shows that delirium might be related to severe injuries, as well.