A Knock on the Head Can Change a Life

May 22, 2008 08:10 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Researchers at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found a surprising link between traumatic brain injury and social and mental dysfunction.

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The Brain Injury Research Center at Mount Sinai has concluded that a traumatic brain injury, sometimes a long-forgotten one, might be linked to literacy problems, a drop in intellectual abilities and to addiction.

Though that may seem a predictable conclusion, what is surprising is the apparently mild nature of these injuries. Doctors and patients imagine mistakenly that recovery has been complete.

Wayne A. Gordon, director of the Brain Injury Research Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, explains, "Unidentified traumatic brain injury is an unrecognized major source of social and vocational failure.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, 75 percent of the traumatic brain inuries to affect 1.4 million Americans each year are mild concussions.

Some of the complications associated with traumatic brain injury include the following: seizures, infections, nerve damage, cognitive disabilities, sensory problems, difficulty swallowing, language difficulties, personality changes and Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

Headline Link: ‘Studies Cite Head Injuries as Factor in Some Social Ills’

Background: Traumatic brain injury research; complications

Reference: Brain injuries


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