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Mild Brain Injury May Lead To Concussion

Human Brain Movement That Have Led To Concussions

Play contact sports for any length of time and at one point or another you’re probably going to have your ‘bell rung’ by a powerful blow to the head from a hard hit or fall. Rising awareness of the severe, abiding repercussions of strong impacts to the head concussions, mild traumatic brain injury; so neurological…

Stroke Are Less Likely Than Their White Counterparts To Get Treatments

Stroke Are Less Likely Than Their White Counterparts To Get Treatments

Black and Hispanic people having a stroke are less likely than their white counterparts to get treatments proven to reduce death and improve quality of life, new research shows. For strokes caused by a clot, the gold standard treatment is a clot-busting drug called alteplase, according to guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.…

Reducing Stress Play An Important Role In Reducing Risk Of Stroke

Reducing Stress Play An Important Role In Reducing Risk Of Stroke

Reducing stress;If you’ve already had one stroke, your risk for another is much higher. But new research found that well control blood pressure can reduce that risk by about 20%. The study authors suggested maintaining a blood pressure of 130/80 mm Hg or less. “Intensive blood pressure control of at least less than 130/80 mm Hg…

Department Based Intensive Care Unit Improves Patient Survival Rates

Department Based Intensive Care Unit Improves Patient Survival Rates

A new study found having an intensive care unit within the emergency department improve care and survival rates for the entire emergency department population. “The time patients have to wait in the emergency department for inpatient critical care resources is increasing nationwide, and longer wait times for intensive care units have been associated with decreased survival…

Disparities Persist In The Quality Of Care Received By Infants

Disparities Persist In The Quality Of Care Received By Infants

Racial and ethnic disparities persist in the quality of care received by infants in US neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), according to a systematic review published today in Pediatrics. These disparities most often disadvantage African American infants and, possibly to a lesser extent, other infants of color, the researchers say. The disparities center on two overarching themes, write…

Global Repository For Brain Injury Data From CARE Consortium

Global Repository For Brain Injury Data From CARE Consortium

Data from the world’s most comprehensive concussion study is now publicly available in a repository aimed at providing traumatic brain injury researchers access to a wealth of new knowledge. The U.S. Department of Defense announced recently that data from the NCAA-DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium is now available through the Federal Interagency…

Hemorrhagic Stroke Due To LDL Cholesterol Levels

Hemorrhagic Stroke Due To LDL Cholesterol Levels

A new study reveals that patients with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels below 70 mg/dL have a higher risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Hershey, USA), Kailuan General Hospital (Tangshan, China), and other institutions conducted a prospective study involving 96,043 participants who were free of stroke, myocardial infarction (MI), and cancer at…

Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Changes In The Olfactory Function

Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Changes In The Olfactory Function

It has been previously known that major traumatic brain injury (TBI) may cause a broad range of side effects, including loss of the sense of smell. Now, researchers reveal that it’s true even for minor concussions. Researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada that even mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may cause changes in…

Intensive Care Units Are Less Traumatic For Patients And Families

Intensive Care Units Are Less Traumatic For Patients And Families

Intensive care units (ICUs) can be extremely stressful for patients and families. Changes in the way ICUs are run may help mitigate that stress, two new studies suggest. Researchers looking at the impact of making Intensive care units visiting hours more flexible, and the keeping of ICU diaries by staff and family members, found some…

Television Based Education In The Intensive Care Unit

Television Based Education In The Intensive Care Unit

Intensive Care Unit; Health systems are increasingly faced with financial and regulatory pressures to increase efficiency and decrease costs while maintaining high-quality, outcome driven patient care. One approach to improving overall health outcomes is providing patient-centered care, which enables patients and caregivers to assume an active role in managing their own health care. However, mounting…

Novel Therapy For Traumatic Brain Injury Prevents Brain Damage

Novel Therapy For Traumatic Brain Injury Prevents Brain Damage

An experimental treatment given to mice after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) reduced damage almost to the levels of mice that never had a TBI, researchers at UT Health San Antonio reported. The study was published July 4 in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. The scientists hope to convert the discovery into a…

Routine Treatment For Trauma Management

Routine Treatment For Trauma Management Around The World

In this study the device, which looks like a tiny umbrella frame, is used to stop blood clots in the legs traveling to the lungs, causing potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. Known as the inferior vena cava filter, the device is used extensively in the early treatment of trauma patients who are at high risk of developing…