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Traumatic brain injury is a major killer of youth

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Many young people and others fail to take proper precautions to help prevent traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury is such a serious problem initiatives are being taken to learn more about this problem. Family Practice News reported on Dec. 16, 2013, the National Institutes of Health has announced significant financial support to fund eight research projects which are focused on traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a very serious public health concern in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year traumatic brain injuries contribute to a large number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Each year at least 1.7 million TBIs occur as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. A TBI can be caused by a bump, blow or a jolt to the head, or even a penetrating head injury which disrupts the normal function of the brain.

Traumatic brain injury presently ranks as the leading cause of death in young adults. Story Landis, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), has said, "We need to be able to predict which patterns of injury are rapidly reversible and which are not." Investments in research of TBIs will assist researchers to get closer to answering some of the vital questions about concussion for our youth who play sports and for their parents. This research is very important and has the potential to help prevent traumatic brain injury and to treat it more effectively in a timely manner when it occurs.



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