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Study links gene with worse TBI-related psychiatric symptoms

Researchers at the have found that a variant of the APOE gene may be the trigger behind worse psychiatric symptoms in the victims of a traumatic brain injury. Nevada residents should know that TBIs increase the risk for psychiatric disorders like PTSD, depression and anxiety. An earlier study of over 13,000 veterans found that 80 percent of TBI victims had a psychiatric disorder.

Enlarged left atrium linked to vascular brain injuries

Anyone in Nevada with a brain injury is likely to benefit from early treatment. One way to increase the odds of providing the right treatment as quickly as possible is to develop a better understanding of the nature of brain injuries. This is why researchers have been looking at enlargement of the left atrium, referred to as left atrial diameter, or LAD. The atrium is part of the ventricular system in the brain. What researchers found was a link to vascular brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injury and emotional changes

Brain injuries are a common cause of permanent disability and death in Nevada. After a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, a person may experience changes in their personality and ability to control their emotions. A TBI sufferer may also seem emotionless or after the injury, which is known as a "flat affect."

Researchers identify factors linked to TBI deaths

Traumatic brain injuries are a frequent form of head injury and can affect everyone from players of contact sports to the victims of car and truck crashes. Nevada residents should know that TBIs often end in death and that the factors linked to these deaths were previously unknown. In September, though, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation published a report detailing several physical, cognitive and psychosocial factors.

Study shows how TBI victims benefit from cognitive training

Nevada residents who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and are experiencing the symptoms of depression may want to look into cognitive training. A recent study, the results of which were published in Human Brain Mapping, shows that group cognitive training can help reduce those symptoms.

A cutting-edge CTE test may be just around the corner

Studies have recently revealed that CTE is more common than most people realize. Also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, this condition is found among those who have suffered brain injuries. Currently, the only way to diagnose CTE is to carry out an autopsy, and that makes long-term studies extremely difficult. Over the last few years, a research team at UCLA has developed a CTE test that may allow doctors to diagnose this condition in living people in the near future.

New study sheds light on healing role of microglia

Microglia are cells found in the central nervous system. They are classified as phagocytic because their role is to consume other cells. Microglia's role in the development and healing of the brain is known to medical experts. In fact, these cells can prune away any inactive neuronal synapses and eat bacteria and other pathogens that infect the brain. Nevada residents who have suffered brain or spine injuries should know that microglia could be crucial to their situations, too.

New discoveries offer hope for brain injury treatment

Because brain injuries can have such severe and catastrophic effects on the lives of victims in Nevada and across the country, scientists are constantly investigating new treatment potentials that could offer positive hope to victims and their families. In a study released by University of Pennsylvania researchers, they indicate that molecules that address the clumping of certain proteins could help to create better, more effective treatment for brain injury.

Gene variant in TBI patients may cause psychiatric disorders

Traumatic brain injuries have been known to increase the risk for psychiatric disorders like PTSD, anxiety and depression. For example, the Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research found that out of the 13,000 veterans it analyzed, 80 percent who incurred a TBI were also diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. TBI patients in Nevada should know that a new study has discovered a gene variant that can worsen those conditions.

Study looks at white matter changes after a mild TBI

About 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those TBIs, an estimated 75 percent are classified as mild. However, Nevada residents or others who experience a head injury could suffer from significant symptoms such as headaches or dizziness for weeks or longer. In an effort to provide better diagnoses of mild TBIs, researchers recently studied the white matter of male college football and rugby players.

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