Traumatic brain injury research performed

There are an estimated 400,000 children that suffer a brain injury every year at least. While little is known about effectively treating a brain injury, even less is known about how to treat a brain injury in a child. Now, three medical journals have published guidelines to hopefully save lives when treating a traumatic brain injury in a child. Children and adults differ in many ways and by making separate guidelines for treating brain injuries children may be able to recover from their brain injury. A child’s brain is often better able to heal because it is younger and proper brain injury treatment can result in a full recovery.

Mild traumatic brain injury and clinical depression linked

A West Virginia University study has found that multiple mild traumatic brain injuries can increase risk of developing clinical depression. The risk was found to be nearly three times greater than with people that have no history of concussion. The study findings were presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The study’s author concluded concussions and other head injuries in early adulthood greatly increase the risks of depression years later as well, concussion are reported to have a long-lasting and permanent effect on thinking and memory skills later in life.

Severe head injury precursor to Parkinson’s according to new study

A new study performed on head injury victims has made a link between sufferers of severe head injury with loss of consciousness and a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life. The risk amongst the severe head injury patients was found to be 11 times greater according to the study’s author from the Mayo Clinic.

There were three explanations for the findings produced by the study team. One explanation was that when a head injury is suffered the blood brain barrier is disrupted so certain poisons from the bloodstream can get into the brain and lead to cell death, which can take years to happen. The head injury may also cause brain cells to produce new proteins that can lead to cell death, or the least likely explanation according to the study author is that following a head injury some cells are lost and with aging and cell death it can reach a point when Parkinson’s develops.