Navigation Links
Certain Men May Face Higher Risk of Brain Injury
Date:3/13/2013

WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Young men with low incomes and poor mental skills are at significantly increased risk for mild traumatic brain injuries, according to a new long-term study.

Researchers examined data from more than 300,000 young men who were conscripted for military service in Sweden between 1989 and 1994, and underwent testing of their mental skills. They were followed for an average of 19 years.

Of the participants, more than 4,700 had suffered one mild traumatic brain injury before being tested on their mental skills, while more than 11,000 of them sustained one such injury and nearly 800 had at least two mild traumatic brain injuries during the study period.

Falling, assault and traffic crashes were the most common causes of mild traumatic brain injury, according to the study published online March 12 in the BMJ.

Mental ability was 5.6 percent lower in participants who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury in the two years before mental-skill testing. And compared to those who did not suffer any such injury, it was 15 percent lower in those who suffered at least two mild traumatic brain injuries after mental-skill testing, according to a journal news release.

Besides low overall mental function, other risk factors for mild traumatic brain injury were low total income, a high level of physical fitness, hospital admission for intoxication, a previous such brain injury, low education level and taking early disability pension, said researcher Anna Nordstrom and colleagues from Umea University, in Sweden.

The investigators concluded that limited mental ability and factors related to low social and economic status are important risk factors for mild traumatic brain injuries, and that "successful prevention of mild traumatic brain injuries may include an assessment and evaluation of these risk factors."

About 10 million traumatic brain injuries occur worldwide each year, and mild traumatic brain injuries account for 70 percent to 90 percent of these cases. Rates are highest among young males, according to the study.

Current research suggests that mild traumatic brain injury causes changes in brain tissue and has important long-term effects on thinking skills, including attention, memory, learning and brain processing speed. These types of problems may occur in 15 percent to 25 percent of people who suffer a mild traumatic brain injury.

While the study tied low mental ability with greater brain injury risk, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. An accompanying journal editorial noted that additional research is needed to support the new findings.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about traumatic brain injury.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: BMJ, news release, March 12, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Certain Diabetes Medications May Lower Heart Failure Risk
2. Certain Sleep Aids May Raise Hip Fracture Risk in Nursing Homes: Study
3. Obesity, physical inactivity linked with risk for certain molecular subtype of colorectal cancer
4. Codeine Risky for Kids After Certain Surgeries, FDA Says
5. The science of uncertainty in genomic medicine
6. USC research finds certain contraceptive may pose risk of Type 2 diabetes for obese women
7. Certain Skin Cancers More Common in HIV-Positive People
8. Certain Jobs May Still Pose Risk for Asthma
9. Mesothelioma Victims Center is Now Open Seven Days a Week to Make Certain All Victims of Mesothelioma or their Family Members Get to the Very Best Mesothelioma Law Firms
10. Diet may not impact certain health outcomes in older persons
11. Mesothelioma Victims Center Is Now Open Every Weekend to Make Certain Victims Of Mesothelioma or their Family Members Get to the Best Mesothelioma Law Firms-On The Spot
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Certain Men May Face Higher Risk of Brain Injury
(Date:6/26/2016)... Birmingham, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... their direction with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. ... for tolerable intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs ... College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. ... treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With ... fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... from UCLA with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School ... San Diego and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland ... iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness ... & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Volumes: Global Analysis (United States, China, Japan, Brazil, United ... to their offering. ... healthcare business planners, provides surgical procedure volume data in ... with an in-depth analysis of growth drivers and inhibitors, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 The Biotechnology ... continues to present great opportunities to investors. Stock-Callers.com assesses ... Intrexon Corp. (NYSE: XON ), Vertex Pharmaceuticals ... (NASDAQ: ARNA ), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... stocks and receive your complimentary trade alerts at: ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Leading BioSciences Inc., ... medical conditions resulting from a breakdown of the ... Greg Doyle as chief executive officer. ... executive management team and board of directors, previously ... officer. He will provide continued leadership and strategic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: