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Allegedly Amazon is Responsible for TBI

Earlier this year, the parents of the teenager who was impaled through his forehead with a samurai sword filed a lawsuit against Amazon. Their son and two of his friends were playing with the sword that was purchased from Amazon back in 2012. The two boys were taking turns throwing water bottles into the air and attempting to chop them in half with the sword. The girl filmed the game encouraging the two to keep playing. During one of the swings, the 27" blade came out of the handle. Flew about 20' before impaling the teenager through his head.

Traumatic Brain Injuries: What You Need To Know

In recent years, there's been a lot of talk about sports-related traumatic brain injuries and the dangers these types of injuries pose to the athletes-especially those who are young and whose brains are still developing. TBIs can also result from being involved in car, workplace and slip-and-fall accidents.

Study: Brain Changes Remain Six Months After Concussion

With all of the news surrounding concussions lately, many people still treat concussions as temporary events. Some evidence backs up this assumption and studies in the past have shown that symptoms of a concussion in players, namely thinking problems or headaches immediately after an injury, will disappear in one to two weeks.

Brain Injuries on the Rise from Playground Incidents

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that playground concussions are on the rise. The study by the federal agency examined nation-wide data from 2001-2013 on playground injuries to children aged 14 and younger who received treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Of nearly 215,000 children, almost 10 percent (about 21,000) yearly sustained traumatic brain injuries including concussions. The study only included nonfatal injuries and most injuries studied were mild, with monkey bars and swings being the most involved pieces of playground equipment.

FDA Approves Device to Detect Concussions

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new device to detect concussions, a mild form of truamatic brain injury. "Eye-Sync" is a product created by Boston based neuro-technology company SyncThink that uses infrared cameras to track eye movements. The company claims that the eye-sync product will be able to detect concussions in one minute, offering fast opinions into whether athletes have suffered a concussion during play.

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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