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Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of mild TBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking. A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
300,000 soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression

300,000 soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression

Constraint induced therapy causes increase in gray matter

Constraint induced therapy causes increase in gray matter

20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD or major depression

20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD or major depression

Young macho men with serious injuries often abuse alcohol

Young macho men with serious injuries often abuse alcohol

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Australian research tackles brain cancer, stroke

Australian research tackles brain cancer, stroke

Researchers publish MRI images of genes in action in the living brain

Researchers publish MRI images of genes in action in the living brain

Virtual reality therapy for stroke patients

Virtual reality therapy for stroke patients

Large-scale study of traumatic brain injury

Large-scale study of traumatic brain injury

War veterans with brain injuries show a faster decline in cognitive functioning as they age

War veterans with brain injuries show a faster decline in cognitive functioning as they age

Lead exposure hinders brain's ability to recover from injury

Lead exposure hinders brain's ability to recover from injury

JRRD releases single-topic issue on traumatic brain injury and polytrauma

JRRD releases single-topic issue on traumatic brain injury and polytrauma

Researchers image a biomarker of neurogenesis

Researchers image a biomarker of neurogenesis

New guideline recommends when to use CT scans in ER for seizures

New guideline recommends when to use CT scans in ER for seizures

Diffusion tensor imaging shows structural changes in mild traumatic brain injury

Diffusion tensor imaging shows structural changes in mild traumatic brain injury

Study looks at religion in health care

Study looks at religion in health care

Stem cells from a person's own umbilical cord effectively treat blood and immune disorders, juvenile diabetes

Stem cells from a person's own umbilical cord effectively treat blood and immune disorders, juvenile diabetes

Little evidence to support therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder

Little evidence to support therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder

Review of PTSD treatments

Review of PTSD treatments

The importance of the endocannabinoid-system

The importance of the endocannabinoid-system