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New medical approach may help to detect traumatic brain injury

On Behalf of | May 2, 2015 | Brain Injury

Suffering from blurry vision, dizziness or confusion in New York can be both physically and emotionally challenging. Individuals who suffer from a brain injury understand this battle all too well. Some individuals are actually suffering from the symptoms of a brain injury without even realizing the source of their problems. Researchers are looking at a new approach for determining whether someone has a traumatic brain injury, which is a major challenge currently facing doctors.

The approach that has recently received attention for helping to detect brain injuries was originally created for the purpose of diagnosing tuberculosis. The key to this approach is pinpointing small chemical alterations, or biomarkers, in a person’s body. The researchers’ goal is not only to determine whether someone has suffered injuries to the brain but also to guide medical treatment of the injuries in the future.

Brain injuries usually result from a blow to one’s head. Right now, these types of injuries are primarily diagnosed using questionnaires, which include assessments of a person’s short-term memory. Traumatic brain injuries can include mild concussions or even severe damage to the brain.

It can be disheartening to imagine going through life with physical and cognitive difficulties due to a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for this type of catastrophic injury. However, if a person in New York has suffered such an injury because of somebody else’s negligence, he or she does have the right to file a personal injury claim against the other party, seeking damages. A financial award in a successfully litigated case may be immensely helpful in covering related medical costs and addressing the pain and suffering or emotional distress caused by the incident.

Source:, “Researchers adapt TB diagnostic tool for determining traumatic brain injury“, Nancy Ambrosiano, April 29, 2015


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