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  • What You Need to Know About Concussions

    A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head, temporarily disrupting brain function. Every brain injury should be treated seriously, though there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Concussions are as unique as the individuals themselves, affecting them in varying ways and to different degrees. Some symptoms might arise immediately in some, but take days or weeks to ...
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  • Why Brain Injuries Should be Taken Seriously

    When you suffer a blow, bump, or jolt to the head, there might not be any visible marks and you might not notice any symptoms immediately afterward, but that does not mean you are fine. Brain injuries are some of the most ignored and untreated injuries in the country, despite the potentially severe health consequences they can yield. Even the most mild brain injuries, usually referred to as ...
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  • The Seriousness of a Child Brain Injury

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents in the country. Nearly half a million of emergency department visits for brain injuries every year involve children under the age of 14. This is just the tip of the iceberg, however, since brain injuries often go on untreated and unrecorded. While ...
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  • Football, Helmets, and Brain Injuries: Can I Sue?

    Just this past Sunday, Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore took a vicious hit to the head during the second quarter of the team’s Wild Card loss to Pittsburgh when Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree’s helmet went right into Moore’s chin, leaving him dazed on the field for several minutes. While Moore was eventually able to finish the game, the hit has since sparked a discussion regarding the ...
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  • Florida Car Accidents Can Cause Head and/or Brain Injuries

    Many people who aren't in the medical profession use the terms "head injury" and "brain injury" interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. A person can suffer one, the other or both. While these injuries can be the result of falls and athletic activities such as football and other contact sports, many Floridians suffer head and brain injuries in car accidents. Brain injuries can result ...
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  • Learn More About Recovering from a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    We recently published an interesting SlideShare presentation regarding the serious consequences often suffered by those with mild traumatic brain injuries . Take a look at the presentation below for information regarding the potentially catastrophic symptoms that often result from such injuries. The presentation provides information about the frequency of traumatic brain injuries in the United ...
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  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Anything but Mild

    When someone suffers a blow to the head or is deprived of oxygen for even a short period, the resulting damage can be life changing for the injured person. Every year, millions of people require medical treatment after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the United States. While the effects of a severe injury to the brain are often obvious, individuals who suffer a mild traumatic brain injury ...
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  • Kids Who Play Sports Experiencing Greater Numbers Of Head Injuries

    Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury , are becoming more and more common among high school athletes, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Between 2000 and 2009, the number of reported head injuries rose by 60 percent for kids under 19. At the same time, more and more is being learned about the long term effects of a head injury, thanks in part to lawsuits brought against ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury May Increase Risk Of Stroke

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in adults. New research out of the University of Michigan suggests that those who experience a traumatic brain injury may be at greater risk in the long run of suffering from a debilitating stroke, on top of dealing with an existing head trauma. While this may seem somewhat obvious - trauma to the brain making the brain more susceptible to health ...
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  • Always Wear A Helmet On The Ski Slopes

    Before hitting the slopes, make sure to strap on a helmet . According to a new study by the University of Innsbruck in Austria, helmets reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 60 percent. However, 40 percent of skiers do not wear helmets. The study also found that helmets did not lead to increased speed on the slopes, and people with the most experience or time on the slopes were more likely ...
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  • Former Miami Dolphin Junior Seau's Family Sues N.F.L

    The family of Junior Seau, who shot and killed himself last year, has sued the National Football League, along with the helmet maker Riddell and others, accusing them of hiding information about the risks associated with hits to the head. Along with accusing the N.F.L. of downplaying the risks of collisions, the family is also claiming the N.F.L. failed to inform players about the risks associated ...
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  • New Study Confirms Connection Between Injuries and Brain Disease

    A new study out this week adds to the body of scientific evidence showing that a history of brain injuries often leads to severe brain damage and degenerative disease. Tragically, researchers announced these findings only two days after a professional football player committed a murder-suicide, becoming the seventh NFL suicide in the last two years. Most of these victims consistently showed strong ...
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  • Florida's New Brain Injury Law Is A Big Step Towards Safer Sports

    In the current environment of partisan politics, a unanimous piece of legislation is often a newsworthy event. Florida passed one such law in October, aimed the equally newsworthy goal of preventing brain injuries for young athletes. This new law illustrates how important it is for school staff to respond appropriately after a student suffers a head injury - anything less can seriously jeopardize ...
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  • Unorthodox Brain Injury Treatment: Some Think Fish Oil Might Help

    The human brain is an extremely complex organ that still holds many medical mysteries. When a massive brain injury occurs, doctors have only a limited number of tools to try to minimize the long-term damage. After doctors exhaust these remedies, the best modern medicine can do is "wait and see" whether the brain can put itself back together. Recently, an experimental treatment seemed to confirm ...
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  • Brain Injuries And Sports: NASCAR Crashes Into The Fray

    Traumatic brain injuries are getting a lot of attention these days and much of the scrutiny has focused on football. But last week Dale Earnhardt, Jr., bowed out of two upcoming races to take time to recover from a concussion that he received in a 25-car wreck on October 7, 2012. This can only bring more focus on the dangers of brain injuries and sports. In a big sense, Earnhardt's injury is ...
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  • FINR May Cause More Problems For Brain Injury Patients

    Just south of Tampa, the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation (FINR) opens its doors to individuals recovering from head injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI) . But the center may be hurting more Floridians than it is helping. In the last year and a half, lapses in care or abuse by staff have resulted in two patients' deaths. Three employees have been criminally charged with abusing ...
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  • TBI, Brain Injury Leading Cause Of Death, Disability

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Just recently, R&B singer Usher's stepson was left with no brain activity after a jetski collided with the inner tube he was floating on in a Georgia Lake. A female companion also on the tube suffered a head injury from the collision. Traumatic brain injury can be caused by a blow to the head, ...
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  • Hope For Families Facing A Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis After Childbirth

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in every 300 children has cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to the brain, often occurring while a baby was still in the womb, during delivery or within the first few years of life. Although there is currently no cure, scientists are hopeful that a new drug may offer hope to children diagnosed with CP. There is a small window, ...
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  • Miami-Dade undertakes measures to protect against brain injury

    High school athletes are the target of two new requirements to hopefully protect against traumatic brain injuries . The Florida High School Athletics Association and the Miami-Dade and Broward counties have changed how coaches and schools will deal with concussed athletes. The measures are intended to slow an injured player's return to the field where he or she needs more recovery time. There have ...
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  • Traumatic brain injury rehab "graduates" celebrate in Miami

    Six teenagers who have suffered traumatic brain injuries are finally graduating from the Jackson Memorial Hospital's outpatient pediatric rehabilitation program. Most of the six were injured in car accidents and at one time were on the verge of death. Now, after several years of medical treatments and rehabilitation, they are ready to graduate and to have fun. The rehab group went to Crandon Park ...
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  • Woman sues Miami hotel in connection with traumatic brain injury

    We all expect police officers to be alert and careful. Police officers are not allowed to drink alcohol while on duty so that they are ready to do their jobs if the need arises. A Seattle woman is learning just why police officers should not drink on the job after an intoxicated officer hit her with his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) while she was walking on Miami Beach. The woman had been on the beach ...
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  • Florida offers funds for patients with TBI and spinal cord injuries

    Florida's $31.5 million agency, the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program, was established to help patients who suffer from brain damage and spinal cord injuries. However, many people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries have not been receiving the help they desperately need under the program. Otherpatients were, in fact, offered services that they did not need. ...
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  • $16 Million in Damages for Brain Injury in Pedestrian Accident

    A young doctor who was hit by a car when she was out jogging suffered such severe brain injuries that she will never be able to practice medicine again. She sued the city where the accident took place, claiming that the city planners knew that the intersection was dangerous and did nothing to prevent a pedestrian car accident . The jury in the case determined that the doctor was due $16 million in ...
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  • Major NHL sponsor puts up fight against hard hits

    Ice hockey is one of the most dangerous sports played professionally in the U.S. with its hard hitting and almost glorified fighting. The sport is infamous for leaving players with concussions and other serious brain injuries . Now, Air Canada, one of the National Hockey League's biggest sponsors, has threatened to pull its sponsorship because of violent play that it says hampers its image. The ...
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  • Florida has Second Highest Pedestrian Death Rate in the United States

    In a new report, The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has warned parents, children, and pedestrians of an alarming increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities on Florida streets over the past year. In fact, close to 40 more pedestrians were killed in 2010 when compared to the already above-average number of fatalities recorded in 2009. The FHP's warning comes on the heels of a report issued by the ...
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