Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs as a result of external forcible impact and ranks among the significant causes of death and disability. It was once considered an event that predominantly affected young male patients, and in the forms of combat, automobile accidents, and athletic injuries, it still does. The patient populations that are growing the fastest, however, consist of the elderly
Current standards of care assume that patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) within three months. A major study that appeared earlier this year in JAMA Neurology presents findings that suggest otherwise.
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Between the years 2000 and 2010, the number of people in the United States who were 65 years of age or older increased by 15.1%, a rate of growth that exceeded that of the total population’s rate. In 2020, there will be 55 million Americans who are 65 and older. By 2030, there will be 70 million. Recent brain training study seems to reduce accidents in elderly people.
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Most traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are mild in terms of their duration and lasting effects. However, they canstill, cause significant health complications, and may even lead to death if left untreated. It is imperative thata comprehensive and thorough assessment be performed for each patient who presents with TBI. Thisassessment should include:
Traumatic brain injury from external physical force can lead to an alteration to brain function. Center-TBI, a European consortium of experts that aims to improve the care of TBI patients, reports that 50 million new cases of TBI occur each year globally. Pediatric and elderly populations are at particular risk in developed countries, and automotive crashes, which are increasingly likely to be