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November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015

Gunshot Survivors in High-Crime Community Face Elevated Risk of Early Death, Study Shows

Nov. 18, 2015 — One in 20 survivors of gunshot violence in an urban area with high crime died within five years, mainly by homicide, according to the results of a study that tracked patients after they had been ... read more

Nov. 6, 2015 — Researchers evaluate a decade's worth of post-fight medical examinations to shed new light on injury risks of combative sports. The research offers a first-of-its-kind glimpse into the dangers ... read more

Shaken Baby Prevention Effort Reduces Crying-Related Calls to Nurse Advice Line

Oct. 26, 2015 — An evaluation of a statewide shaken baby prevention effort found that the number of calls to a nurse advice line from North Carolina parents who called because of a crying baby were reduced in the ... read more

New Rule That Limits Tackling During Football Practices Knocks Down Concussions

Oct. 23, 2015 — New research shows that limiting the amount of full-contact tackling during high school football practices can have a big impact on reducing the number of concussions among ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — Researchers will launch the first Phase 1 human trials of a drug — derived from the female hormone estrogen — that may help patients with severe bleeding survive long enough to get to appropriate ... read more

Combatting Memory Loss by Enhancing Brain Function

Oct. 20, 2015 — Increasing a crucial cholesterol-binding membrane protein in nerve cells within the brain can improve learning and memory in aged mice, new research ... read more

When Punishment Doesn't Fit the Crime

Oct. 15, 2015 — People with traumatic brain injuries -- such as those incurred from violent accidents or combat -- are more prone to misjudge when faced with situations involving dispute or requiring discipline, new ... read more

Inhalant Use Linked to Head Injuries, Traumatic Experiences and Mental Illness

Oct. 13, 2015 — Incarcerated youth who have suffered head injuries, traumatic experiences and mental illness diagnoses are more likely to abuse multiple inhalants, according to ... read more

Study Underscores Need to Assess Behavioral Sequelae of TBI

Oct. 13, 2015 — Rsearchers assessed moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) for frontal behavioral syndromes and cognitive function. Their finding suggest that adding the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale to ... read more

In Females, Childhood Head Injury Could Lead to Alcohol Abuse Later in Life

Oct. 12, 2015 — Girls who suffer a concussive bump on the head in childhood could be at increased risk for abusing alcohol as adults, a new study suggests. The research in mice found that females with a mild ... read more

Helmeted Bicycle Riders Have Significantly Reduced Severity of Injury After an Accident

Oct. 8, 2015 — Helmeted bicycle riders have a 58 percent reduced odds of severe traumatic brain injury after an accident compared to their non-helmeted counterparts, according to ... read more

Brain Cooling Lessens Chances of Head Injury Recovery, Study Finds

Oct. 7, 2015 — Head injury patients do not benefit from a therapy that involves cooling their bodies to reduce brain swelling, research has found. Doctors say the therapy may increase patients' risk of death ... read more

Chest CT Scans Often Can Be Avoided in Blunt Trauma ER Cases, Study Finds

Oct. 6, 2015 — Use of computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest for hospital emergency-room patients with blunt trauma could be reduced by more than one-third without compromising detection of major injury, ... read more

Simulation Training Saves Precious Minutes in Speeding Treatment of Trauma Patients

Oct. 6, 2015 — To help trauma teams optimize a limited window of time after an emergency, trauma surgeons have developed a simulation training program that cuts precious minutes off evaluation times and gets trauma ... read more

Older Patients Recover More Slowly from Concussion

Oct. 6, 2015 — Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), or concussion, accounts for 75 percent of all TBI and represents an important public health problem. Difficulty in working memory is frequently reported in ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The popularity of ziplining has skyrocketed rapidly in recent years. The increase in popularity has also increased the number of injuries related to ziplining. A new study found that an estimated ... read more

Reducing Aeromedical Transport for Traumas Saved Money and Lives

Oct. 2, 2015 — Changes to the trauma triage protocol in Maryland resulted in decreased use of helicopter transport for trauma patients and improved patient outcomes, saving lives and money. The results of a 11-year ... read more

High-Fructose Diet Slows Recovery from Brain Injury

Oct. 2, 2015 — A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains’ ability to heal after head trauma, neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers ... read more

Survival Rate of Combat Casualties Improves Following Implementation of Golden Hour Policy

Sep. 30, 2015 — A mandate in 2009 that prehospital helicopter transport of critically injured combat casualties occur in 60 minutes or less (golden hour policy) has resulted in a reduction in time between critical ... read more

Pediatric Injuries from Toppled TV Sets: Risk Factors, Strategies for Prevention

Sep. 29, 2015 — After a thorough review of medical articles describing head injuries caused by toppled television sets in children, researchers assessed the risk factors associated with these events. Based on their ... read more

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