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New Study Shows Promise in Predicting Improvements After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Exciting news about predicting a recovery in advance from a traumatic brain injury may be on the horizon. This news could potentially help those who suffered a TBI from a fall, car accident, sports injury, and for other reasons. Scientists have discovered that a blood protein in the brain that exhibits high levels can indicate damage and shrinkage to the axons that send messages. The scientists predict that those who have suffered a TBI and exhibit elevated levels of this protein may be able to indicate whether an injured person is more likely to recover. 

Waveguide Elastography Used to Study Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to research from physicist Anthony J. Romano, PhD., with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, a process called “waveguide elastography” will allow medical providers to gain insight into how head injuries have physically affected their patients’ brains. Romano described the method during a presentation given at the 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and is reportedly using the process to study the brains of injured hockey players in order to uncover new data about brain health.

A New Diagnostic Tool For Traumatic Brain Injuries 

Traumatic brain injuries are common in traffic accidents. Usually, the severity of a brain injury is determined by neuroimaging, which is taking a photo of the brain, assessing the consciousness of the patient, and seeing whether they suffer from amnesia. The Glasgow Coma Scale is also used, which rates a patient’s eye, motor, and verbal response. However, scientists may have discovered a new way to indicate the severity of a TBI, which could improve diagnosis and the severity of a brain injury following an accident.

Injured Transferred to San Francisco General Hospital After Multiple-Vehicle Crash

A multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in San Francisco sent one person to the hospital recently. The accident happened at 11:44 in the morning in the vicinity of Bryant Street. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said a Penske truck and a Toyota sedan were both involved in the multiple-vehicle crash, however, they did not reveal how the crash occurred or who was at fault. The injured individual was transported to San Francisco General Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. An investigation into the multiple-vehicle crash is ongoing. 

Injured Brain Cells May Regrow New Connections

A new study suggests that after adult brain cells are injured, they return to an embryonic state. These new findings were recently published by a research group at UC San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine in time for the April 15, 2020 issue of Nature. In their newfound immature state, these cells are able to regrow new connections, which, under precise conditions, can aid in restoring lost functions.

Better Imaging for Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the worst injuries we see in car accidents. They can leave wounds lasting a lifetime, and can completely alter the lifestyle of the victim and their family. Since the brain is such an amazingly complex and delicate piece of hardware, TBIs are often difficult to diagnose using currently available medical imaging technology. Now, a team of scientists from the University of San Diego has created a new technique that could soon lead to much better brain images.

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.

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