Category Archives: Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries require a lengthy period of rehabilitation and can leave accident survivors with permanent cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems.

Anesthesia and Brain Injury: Is Your Child at Risk?

Anesthesia is commonly used in patients undergoing surgeries or other complex treatments. However, it may come with risks for children. When mistakes are made during anesthesia, the consequences for children can be severe and permanent. The case of a 4-year-old Houston girl who suffered a severe brain injury while having her tooth pulled can serve as a frightening example. Patients are frequently given anesthetics and sedative drugs during such procedures. At some point during the procedure, the girl began to have seizures. Instead of calling emergency services, the dentist treated her with an additional sedative. Several hours later, emergency services were finally called, but it was too late and the girl suffered a severe brain injury. A routine trip to the dentist turned into a nightmare for a child and her family. The girl’s brain injury is so severe that she is confined to a wheelchair and fed through a…
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A Holiday List of Defective Toys Your Children Should Avoid

Defective toys cause catastrophic injuries, so it is important for parents to have information that can help protect their children. For example, news reports suggest lithium-ion batteries used in popular hoverboard toys can explode. There are other examples of dangerous toys this holiday season, and depending on the type of defect, children can suffer burn and brain injuries. A family in Louisiana is claiming an exploding hoverboard set fire to their home. In addition, a video of the hoverboard exploding into a fireball recently went viral on social media. Copycat products released by companies overseas may be to blame for the explosions. Some of the defective hoverboards have already been sold on Amazon to American consumers. LaRose Industries recalled a toy airplane with inner parts that can expose children to choking hazards. The toy was sold exclusively at Target until it was recalled in late October. Build-A-Bear, a stuffed animal…
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Incredible New Blood Test Can Detect Concussions in Children

Researchers are developing a blood test that can detect concussions in children and possibly contribute to improving safety in youth contact sports. Once researchers used the blood test on 152 children, it was discovered to be accurate in diagnosing concussions 94 percent of the time. Instead of relying on time-consuming field tests, CT scans or other methods to detect concussions, this blood test can be much easier to use. Researchers claim the test “takes the guesswork” out of diagnosing concussions. The test works by measuring levels of glial fibrillary acidic proteins, which surround neurons in the brain. After sustaining a brain injury, these proteins are released into the bloodstream and can be picked up by the new test. Many children with concussions have dizziness, headaches, nausea and vision problems. Diagnosing children can take guesswork, which can delay getting help in some circumstances. Can New Concussion Tests Help Children Avoid Brain…
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