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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.

Demential linked to concussions

Nevada drivers making claims for damages after an automobile accident should be fully aware of their injuries and the long-term health and welfare consequences. New research shows that even supposedly minor bumps on the head can greatly increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. Before signing settlement documents, claimants should understand the risks and factor them in accordingly.

Scientists explore causes of brain injury

Whether acquired through a car accident, sports trauma or another type of injury, concussions can be life-changing for people in California. While it is widely known that concussions can result from impacts to the head, there is less information about how to prevent concussion or identify the types of impact that are more likely to cause this damage. Researchers used data recorded from football players and computer simulations of the human brain to attempt to identify why concussions happen after certain injuries but not others.

Brain injuries could be connected to earlier dementia onset

Traumatic brain injuries can be some of the most concerning and devastating types of personal injuries, with lifelong consequences and effects that continue to be the subject of scientific research. According to research conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, traumatic brain injuries and concussions may lead to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease at an earlier age.

New concussion test being questioned

Nevada residents may have access to a new blood test that can detect signs of a traumatic brain injury. Despite some reports, however, it does not determine if a person has a concussion. The test, which was recently approved by the FDA, is used to decide if a person might benefit from a CT scan by looking for proteins in the blood.

Brain injuries may carry higher risk of dementia

Nevada residents who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be at increased risk of dementia, a study published in January 2018 indicates. These injuries led to over 2.5 million visits to the emergency room in 2013 around the country, and it is a major cause of disability and fatalities.

What to know about TBIs

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 138 people die each year from traumatic brain injuries. However, there are others throughout Nevada and the U.S. who will deal with the consequences of a TBI for the rest of their lives. While there are several main causes of these injuries, the truth is that they can happen at any time even if an accident doesn't seem overly severe.

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