Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often severe and life-changing. Any impact to the head can cause damage that may take years to reverse, and in some cases may not be reversible at all.
Head injuries are common in accidents. Car crashes for example, can happen any time, and your head is vulnerable to impact. These injures can also be particularly dangerous.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is severe for anyone. However, for kids and teens, who are still developing cognitively and physically, a head injury can be even more devastating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.