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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.
Brain injury can cause detrimental functional changes in brain regions far from the site of the actual injury

Brain injury can cause detrimental functional changes in brain regions far from the site of the actual injury

Discovery could lead to tests for the clinic or battlefield to diagnose ailments with just a few drops of blood

Discovery could lead to tests for the clinic or battlefield to diagnose ailments with just a few drops of blood

Site in the brain that controls language in right-handed people shifts with aging

Site in the brain that controls language in right-handed people shifts with aging

Breakthrough in Alzheimer's research

Breakthrough in Alzheimer's research

Methamphetamine users show symptoms similar to brain injury patients

Methamphetamine users show symptoms similar to brain injury patients

Researchers prevent post-traumatic brain damage using experimental drug

Researchers prevent post-traumatic brain damage using experimental drug

Moderate hypothermia is a safe treatment following traumatic brain injury in children

Moderate hypothermia is a safe treatment following traumatic brain injury in children

Portable device to check for concussions

Portable device to check for concussions

Brain-injury rehabilitation depends on acetylcholine circuitry

Brain-injury rehabilitation depends on acetylcholine circuitry

Level I trauma centers boost head injury survival

Level I trauma centers boost head injury survival

Use of anti-inflammatory steroids for traumatic head injuries may actually increase the risk of death

Use of anti-inflammatory steroids for traumatic head injuries may actually increase the risk of death

People suffering from paralysis may be able to reprogram their brains to improve motor skills and to control artificial limbs

People suffering from paralysis may be able to reprogram their brains to improve motor skills and to control artificial limbs

The use of anti-inflammatory drugs to treat severe head injuries is actually dangerous

The use of anti-inflammatory drugs to treat severe head injuries is actually dangerous

Red Baron's severe head injury nine months earlier the casue of him being shot down

Red Baron's severe head injury nine months earlier the casue of him being shot down

Therapeutic hypothermia improves the chances of recovery among those who suffer from cardiac arrest

Therapeutic hypothermia improves the chances of recovery among those who suffer from cardiac arrest

Research into constraint-induced movement therapy

Research into constraint-induced movement therapy

A novel approach for families coping with brain injury

A novel approach for families coping with brain injury

Schools need to be more aware of head injuries

Schools need to be more aware of head injuries

Scripps Encinitas Program helps brain-injury patients regain living skills

Scripps Encinitas Program helps brain-injury patients regain living skills

People involved in side-impact crashes are three times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury than people involved in head-on collisions

People involved in side-impact crashes are three times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury than people involved in head-on collisions

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