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October 11, 2010

Congress Considers National Concussion Legislation

Recent reports have highlighted the growing concern that student athletes are being pushed too quickly to return to the game after receiving a concussion. Concussions - or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) - result from a blunt trauma to the head. Commonly occurring after car accidents or other types of injury accidents, the harm to the brain is the same. Those who suffer TBIs experience dizziness, loss of concentration, short-term memory lapses, and even speech and cognitive delays.

In order to address the concern that those students who suffer TBIs are being forced to reenter the game too quickly, New Mexico, along with several other states have laws which require athletes to be removed from play or practice if a concussion is suspected.

Congress has now begun holding hearings to determine whether a federal concussion law is warranted.

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August 30, 2010

Traumatic Brain Injuries Often The Beginning Of A Disease Process

According to a recently released study, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have now been linked to the onset of several debilitating diseases. Commonly associated with birth trauma, car accidents, and sport's injuries, TBIs have now been shown to set off a neurological process associated with Alzheimer's, sleep apnea, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, and Parkinson's disease.

Complicating matters, TBIs are often difficult to detect and may be initially overlooked. Brain injury symptoms that occur as a result of sudden trauma such as a car accident or birth trauma may not manifest for several months, prolonging treatment and rehabilitation.

Although it may be difficult to prevent malpractice or other injury accidents from occurring, educating yourself about the signs of TBIs can help reduce the likelihood of requiring significant lifelong care.

Signs to look for include:

• Memory lapses
• Blurred vision
• Confusion
• Speech difficulties
• Loss of consciousness
• For infants, developmental delays

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June 21, 2010

Traumatic Brain Injuries In Thousands of Troops Go Undiagnosed

Recent studies have revealed that the military medical system has failed to diagnose traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) in hundreds, if not thousands, of troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many times, these individuals receive little or no treatment for the effects of these debilitating injuries.

TBIs from the war are often mild and occur as the result of shock waves from roadside bombs which shake through soldiers skulls and brains, similar to a TBI caused by a car accident, resulting in both physical and mental injuries. Officials estimate about 115,000 troops have suffered TBIs, but others say the figure is much higher.

Even mild TBIs can lead to long-term problems such as

• Lapses in memory and cognition
• Difficulty concentrating
• Problems with coordination
• Emotional issues
• Dizziness

However, unlike car accident victims who are often monitored for head injuries, even when TBIs are diagnosed in troops, the information may not be officially documented and the soldiers fail to receive adequate treatment.

If treated early on, the effects of a traumatic brain injuries can be lessened, and help improve both memory and decision-making. If left untreated though, symptoms can worsen to the point where victims can no longer drive, understand what they've read or recall much of their past.

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March 22, 2010

New Mexico Car Accident Ends Tragically

In a tragic car accident this past weekend, a 19-year-old Iowa man was killed and five others critically injured when the car they were riding in overturned on westbound interstate 40 near Santa Rosa.

The five injured students were flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital with critical injuries, including possible head and brain injuries.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the driver drove into the median, then overcorrected causing the 2003 Saturn to slide. The Saturn hit the median again and flipped over, ejecting 4 of the passengers. No one was wearing a seat belt.

Car crashes can happen in an instant, and can alter the course of one's life forever. One of the most serious and devastating injuries that can result from a serious car accident is a traumatic brain injury ("TBI").

A TBI is a severe blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. TBI's range from mild to severe. Severe injures include extended periods of unconsciousness or amnesia following the injury and can lead to short or long-term problems such as:

• Difficulty thinking
• Difficulty with language and learning
• Emotional issues

Further, TBIs have been shown to cause epilepsy and increase the risk for other conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders which become more common with age.

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