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Health Briefs TV Offers an Update on Concussions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that an estimated quarter of a million children are treated in hospitals for traumatic brain injuries such as concussions every year. These head injuries are caused by sports-related incidents, among other factors. Concussions affect adults too from falls, combat-related injuries, and sports. Health Briefs TV offers an update on concussions.

Concussions affect children too

Concussions affect children too

 

 

A concussion is defined as a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or an impact to the body which causes the brain to shuffle back and forth within the skull. There are specific red flags we should be aware of when we or someone else we know may have suffered a concussion:

 

  • Vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling groggy
  • Forgetfulness
  • Behavior changes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fatigue, drowsiness
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating

 

The Health Briefs TV show reminds that even with the presence of these symptoms, the severity of the concussion is not known. CT scans are a good diagnostic tool for determining how bad the head injury is. Head injuries, no matter how mild or severe they seem, should be examined immediately and with the best available diagnostic resources. Schools, athletic leagues, branches of the military and other groups and organizations should consider investing in helmets that better protect an individual’s head and brain better. Each and every life is worth it.

 

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