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More college education may help with traumatic brain injury

People in West Virginia go to college in an effort to increase their earning power. The higher the degrees they attain, the more money and opportunities they may hope to get. However, new research shows that more post-secondary education can be positive in yet another way: helping people to cope with a traumatic brain injury.

Researchers are saying that individuals with higher levels of education do better in life after experiencing the same amount of brain injury, whether moderate or more severe. More education refers to completing more years of college or earning graduate school degrees. In the research, more than 760 people who had experienced a brain injury were tracked.

Following one year, more than 200 of these individuals had recovered from their injuries and could go back to school or work. The greater the level of education that was completed, the higher their chance of being free of a disability. In fact, a college-educated person was seven times more likely to return to normal when compared with a person who had dropped out of high school. This shows that people who stimulate their minds can be more mentally resilient. As a result, the size of one's brain isn't necessarily important.

The more a person learns, the more he or she strengthens wiring in the brain, also known as connections among neurons. Even learning new languages or completing crossword puzzles can stimulate the brain. Unfortunately, sometimes car accidents and other incidents caused by another individual's carelessness lead to a traumatic brain injury in a person in West Virginia. By seeking civil damages in such a situation, the victim may receive monetary relief that can help with medical costs and help to address emotional distress caused by the incident.

Source: abclocal.go.com, "Study: College grads heal brain injury faster", Denise Dador, April 28, 2014

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