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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. 

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