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A new study by a leading neurological care center reveals new insights for brain disease. This study may give some hope to California residents who have experienced a brain injury or suffer from brain disease related to impacts to the head.

The study revealed that five former NFL players have signs of a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is related to concussions. This study, though small, is the first that might help doctors detect the illness while the patient is still alive.

Previous CTE studies had been done only in autopsies, in which brain cells would be stained and contained in cross sections of the brain to be viewed under a microscope. Signs of CTE would include a buildup of protein clusters.

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Genetic makeup may affect how intensely a person experiences pain. According to two new studies that examine the effects of genetics on pain sensation, this is true for those injured in car accidents, as well as other painful or stressful events.

The recent studies examined data involving 948 adults injured in car accidents. Both right after the accident and as long as six weeks after it, the genetic makeup of the studies' participants had an impact on the intensity of the pain each person experienced.

The pain may be excruciating, despite not showing up on a test or X-ray in some cases. Some patients may not receive the medical treatment they actually need, or receive adequate compensation for pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit because their account of their pain is not credited.

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Imagine being involved in what seems like a minor car accident. Just as the other vehicle hits, your head hits the side window or another part of the car. Experiencing no other injuries or immediate side effects, you dismiss the ensuing headache as a harmless bump. But did you suffer a brain injury? How would you know for certain?

The latest research on traumatic brain injuries suggests they're much more common than previously thought. As experts learn more about the long-term effects of head trauma, they're also discovering a broader range of TBI among all age groups. Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a new, more comprehensive system for classifying brain injuries and concluded that the incidence of TBI is probably greater than estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Mayo Traumatic Brain Injury Classification System classifies brain injuries using a much more comprehensive scale. Using categories including "definite," "probable" and "possible," the new classification method allows researchers to categorize symptoms from dizziness and nausea to a loss of consciousness. Using the data from this system, one of the study's authors, the director of brain rehabilitation research at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said it's likely that many traumatic brain injuries have gone undiagnosed.

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Veterans receiving treatment for traumatic brain injuries at a new health and wellness center in Martinez, California, are helping researchers develop new ways to treat both military and civilian patients who suffer from them.

About 1.7 million Americans per year suffer brain injuries from car crashes, falls and other accidents, and about three-fourths of those injuries come with a concussion. Doctors at the brain health center are hopeful their work with military veterans, who more likely suffered injuries from roadside bombs or combat, will improve overall treatment of brain injuries. Advanced research could also benefit those suffering from neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Some researchers at the brain health center are focusing on a more accurate way to spot abnormalities in brain tissue that can't always be seen in an MRI. They're also developing a computer-based test to better measure cognitive ability, another way to diagnose a TBI.

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When someone suffers a serious injury, like a brain injury, it is extremely important for them to get the medical attention they need. Often there are serious complications that cannot be seen by the naked eye. A brain injury victim needs the expertise of medical professionals in trauma centers.

But a recent study shows that many Americans are too far from trauma centers. While emergency rooms are beneficial for victims of a number of different injuries, many ERs are not equipped to deal with more complex injuries. What does that mean?

This could mean that victims of severe injuries have a greater risk of suffering permanent damage or even death. Experts in the field believe that the faster a victim can get the right medical help, the better chances they have of surviving.

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When you suffer a brain injury, there are the more immediate health conditions that arise. Physically, you may have a fractured skull or internal bleeding that will take some time to heal. Mentally, you may suffer from temporary memory loss, or in more extreme cases may experience personality changes. Financially you are faced with growing medical bills as you continue to need therapy and treatment.

But a new study is showing an additional issue that could arise after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Researchers believe that victims of a traumatic brain injury have an increased risk of suffering a stroke in the years immediately following the injury.

Those in the field studying brain injuries caution that this new data does not necessarily mean that brain injury victims will likely suffer a stroke or that there is a correlation between the two. The study simply shows that brain injury victims are at a greater risk of stoke than those who have not suffered a brain injury.

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