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Blood test could help to diagnose traumatic brain injury

Accidents can quickly lead to brain injuries, which can have lasting effects on a person both mentally and physically. The problem is that some individuals who are involved in traumatic accidents don't believe they could have suffered head injuries. However, failure to get this problem diagnosed can lead to bigger issues down the road in West Virginia. A new test may enable doctors to better diagnose traumatic brain injury, specifically those related to sports.

Researchers recently completed a study involving ice hockey players. These researchers said that their new method for diagnosing brain injury problems can yield information about how severe a person's concussion might be just one hour after the injury took place. This medical breakthrough also might indicate whether the person is at-risk of experiencing symptoms long-term.

Particularly for those involved in sports, experiencing repeated concussions can keep the brain from properly healing and cause problems such as dementia and depression. Other problems may include aggression and a decrease in one's cognitive abilities. Meanwhile, the effects of mild concussions may include difficulty focusing, headaches and even nausea.

Brain injuries, even those that are considered to be mild, can still have a major effect on a person's day-to-day functions. Having a poor memory or being dizzy can easily affect a person's ability to operate a vehicle or even function effectively in a job. When traumatic brain injury happens because someone else was negligent, this other party certainly may be held financially responsible for the injury through a successful personal injury lawsuit in West Virginia.

Source: The Washington Post, A new blood test offers swifter and safer diagnosis of brain injuries for athletes, No author, March 17, 2014

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