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March 2016 Archives

Potential Hepatitis Exposure from Beckley Heart Clinic

A March 11, 2016, letter from Health Commissioner Dr. Rahul Gupta suggests that patients who had cardiac stress tests performed at Raleigh Heart Clinic, in Beckley, WV, between March 1, 2012, and March 27, 2015 should be tested for hepatitis. This letter stems from a West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources investigation concerning several cases of viral hepatitis seemly associated with the Raleigh Heart Clinic.

Brain Disease from Contact Sports More Common, Study Concludes

On Monday, the National Football League (NFL) acknowledged, for the first time, that there is a link between football-related head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This admission came during a meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce when Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president for health and safety, was asked if there was a link between football and neurodegenerative diseases like CTE. Miller responded "the answer to that question is certainly yes."

Study: Higher risk of mild cognitive impairment following TBI

A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness for more than five minutes were at a greater risk of being diagnosed with a mild cognitive impairment. The study also showed that signs of impairment manifest, on average, 2.3 years earlier than in people with no history of traumatic brain injury. The study reviewed cases of 3,187 people diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment versus a group of 3,244 people with normal cognition.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Car accidents and TBI

A Traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow or jolt to the head. In a car accident, a TBI can occur when the head is struck, penetrated or jerked and the injury can range from mild (a concussion) to severe. One of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury is a car accident, with car crashes being the leading cause of fatal head trauma among teens.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: What is C.T.E.?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or C.T.E. is a progressive degenerative disease which affects the brain of individuals who have experienced repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries. C.T.E. often occurs in people who play contact sports. C.T.E. causes the brain to gradually deteriorate and lose mass. C.T.E. also causes some areas of the brain to accumulate tau protein, a substance which can cause major interference with neuron functioning.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Today is the first day of March, ushering in the start of brain injury awareness month. In an attempt to bring awareness to brain injuries, their causes, and their treatments, we will posting several blog posts throughout March about brain injuries. It is important to first understand what a brain injury is. This first blog explains the basics of brain injuries.

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