A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. They are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

  • The largest review yet of bike helmet use by 64,000 injured cyclists worldwide has found helmets reduce the chances of a serious head injury by nearly 70%. Claims that bike helmets damaged the neck and caused serious brain injury (diffuse axonal injury) were also found to be wrong in the study.

  • The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be human.

  • According to a report by Organized Neurosurgery to the Institute of Medicine, there are approximately 3,689 board-certified neurosurgeons for over 5,700 hospitals in the U.S. serving a population of over 340 million people, but only about 1,600 of these hospitals provide trauma care. Too few neurosurgeons are available to provide trauma and emergency care with only 83 percent of all neurosurgeons providing 24/7 emergency call. There are only 178 board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons according to the report, and one-fifth of all neurosurgeons report they no longer treat pediatric cases. The neurosurgical work force appears to be aging with 46 percent or more practicing neurosurgeons over the age of 55. 

  • Levels of certain proteins in the brain and spinal fluid of people who suffer continuing issues as a result of concussions are different from those who haven’t had concussions, according to a new small study published today in JAMA Neurology, raising the possibility that doctors may soon have objective markers to assess the severity of brain damage after head trauma.

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