New Jersey residents may have heard about something called the UPFRONT-study. Its goal was to learn more about patient outcomes after suffering a mild traumatic brain injury. Data was gleaned from patients who were recruited at trauma centers between 2013 and 2015 and were classified as mild traumatic brain injury patients under standards set by the European Federation of Neurological Societies.
New Jersey readers may find it interesting to learn that mild traumatic brain injury is linked to accelerated brain deterioration and mental decline in people at genetic risk for Alzheimer's. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine had 160 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans undergo MRI scans to measure the cortical thickness of their brains. The participants ranged in age from 19 to 58 years, and many of them had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and mild TBI. They were also evaluated for genetic risk of Alzheimer's.
The maker of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing device has received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the product in New Jersey and around the country. Designed as a diagnostic tool for health care workers, the ImPACT device or its pediatric version could be used to assess the cognitive function of head injury patients.
Advances in science have made it possible for remarkable gains in the world of medicine that New Jersey residents might wish to know about. Robotic exoskeletons and virtual reality systems allowed people with spinal cord injuries who were paralyzed to move again.
Although it is often associated with sports, traumatic brain injury, or TBI, affects 5 million Americans according to the Center for Disease Control. It is also the primary cause of disability and death for those under the age of 45. New Jersey residents may be interested to know that pharmaceutical drug company Tetra Discovery, along with the University of Miami, has discovered that PDE4B may be able to improve the memory and learning performance of patients with brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries have become an increasingly common problem for older adults. They are more likely to be fatal than in younger people, and outcomes for TBIs are also generally worse. As a result, researchers looked at factors that might influence the likelihood of an older adult sustaining such an injury.
Medical professionals in New Jersey might take important precautions with a patient suffering certain symptoms after a head trauma, but some individuals may not have symptoms of a concussion until some time after suffering an injury. However, a medical device that operates with virtual reality technology has been developed to track eye movement, which could provide immediate feedback about possible disruptions in brain function, giving clues as to whether concussion protocol is warranted.
A number of New Jersey residents incur traumatic brain injuries each year. These injuries are notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. Currently, doctors rely on brain imaging scans, such as CT scans, to try to determine the severity of the injury.
New research out of Finland may bring hope to older people in New Jersey suffering from traumatic brain injuries. According to a study from the Department of Neurosurgery at the Helsinki University Hospital, some older patients may respond well to surgical treatment of brain injuries that result from falls or other accidents.
According to medical professionals, the brain never completely heals after a concussion. Therefore, the cumulative effect of one or more concussions may result of chemical or cellular changes in the brain. These changes could impact an individual's ability to concentrate or problem solve. They may also be responsible for mood changes that an individual may experience. Each year, approximately 175,000 children are diagnosed with a concussion related to playing sports.