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'Concussion' trailer making for awkward moments

By now most football fans understand the long term implications of concussions; particularly chronic traumatic encephalopathy, otherwise known as CTE. The degenerative disease has been linked to repetitive head trauma suffered by professional football players, and has been blamed for the suicides of several high profile players, including Dave Duerson and Junior Seau.

Insurer's bad-faith conduct spotlighted in malpractice lawsuit

And it is certainly notable -- especially for victims who must routinely square off against individuals and institutions making all efforts to shield themselves from liability -- that multiple defendants can be targeted in medical malpractice litigation. Doctors are often culpable in a fundamental sense, of course, but in many instances so are anesthesiologists, nurses, lab technicians or other medical professionals.

Premature infants at higher risk for brain injuries

Typically, a pregnancy is around nine months in duration. However, sometimes a baby will be delivered early. While generally infants born prematurely survive, they can face an increased risk of experiencing certain complications. And unfortunately, these complications can include brain injuries.

Brain injuries may make it harder to recover from PTSD

A new study suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder patients who also suffer from an underlying traumatic brain injury may have more difficulty recovering from post-traumatic stress symptoms. The research could impact future treatments for PTSD patients in Arizona and nationwide.

What issues are faced by children who suffer brain injuries?

People who suffer brain injuries may experience any number of serious symptoms such as blurred vision, memory loss and concussion. Anyone could suffer a head injury,, but because children are just learning how to safely navigate the world, they may be especially vulnerable.

Toxic residue left behind when using contrast agent during MRIs

As Arizona residents may know, magnetic resonance imaging is commonly used as a diagnostic tool to identify disease and injuries. Gadolinium is frequently used as an agent to enhance the image. However, new research on the use of gadolinium on patients with kidney disease says it may lead to serious consequences.

Small-impact traumatic brain injury

Arizona parents, athletes and workers should be aware that despite the prevalence of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, reporting in the news, not every brain injury results from a major injury. Annually, about 1.7 million people are diagnosed with brain injury, and roughly 80 percent of these diagnoses are characterized as mild cases presenting as headaches and dizziness but not involving full-blown concussions. Due to the sensitivity of the brain, however, new research indicates that standards of "trauma" may need to be reduced significantly.

A brain injury can leave a person struggling with memory issues

At some point, you may have had the aggravating experience of not being able to remember something. It may have been a person's name, a phone number or some bit of trivia about your favorite movie. But while having the occasional bout of forgetfulness may be frustrating, it is typically not a matter of great concern.

Loss of brain mass linked to concussion

People in Arizona who have sustained severe concussions may be at risk for long-term cognitive impairment, according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas studied a group of retired NFL players with a history of concussion and found that they had decreased volume in the hippocampus area of their brains.

Mild TBI may impact cognitive function

Brain trauma often causes serious and life-changing injuries for victims. Those who have been injured in an accident involving a blow to the head may suffer from permanent problems including loss of cognitive ability, physical disabilities and other issues. Phoenix accident victims who suffer a head injury may spend the rest of their lives fighting these problems. Now, a new study shows one reason why brain injuries may be so devastating.

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