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Traumatic Brain Injury May Enhance the Risk of Suicide

Traumatic Brain Injury May Enhance the Risk of SuicideTraumatic brain injury (TBI) may substantially increase the risk of suicide, according to a new study outlined in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). According to the study, which utilized the Danish Cause of Death registry, of the approximately 7.5 million people living in Denmark, death by suicide occurred among more than 34,500 between 1980 and 2014. As well, about 1 in 10 of those who took their own lives had previously suffered a TBI.

Factors predicting the risk of suicide


Trine Madsen, one of the prime authors of the study, stated that the suicide risk increased by 81 percent among individuals who had experienced mild TBI, including concussions. Persons with even more severe brain injuries had an elevated suicide risk, equivalent to twice that of an individual with no prior brain injury. The risk of suicide in individuals was predictable by three definitive factors:

  • Severity of the brain injury

  • Receiving an initial brain injury as a young adult

  • Discharge from the hospital for brain injury in the previous six months


The study also suggests the risk is present in those who have sustained a TBI in childhood.

The Dangers of Sharing the Road with Large Commercial Trucks

The Dangers of Sharing the Road with Large Commercial TrucksIt was 3:41 AM on Interstate 76 eastbound, close to the Barber Road overpass. Norton police responded to an accident that left a semi-truck ablaze. The truck was positioned in the left contra-flow lane of a construction zone. According to police, the driver of the rig was traveling to New York from Chicago and carrying 20,000 pounds of plastic. The truck hit the actuator and the concrete barrier.

Head-on Collisions and Their Devastating Consequences

Head-on Collisions and Their Devastating ConsequencesHead-on collisions occur when one motor vehicle impacts another motor vehicle, front to front. The types of crashes often result in the most devastating and severe injuries, including death, due to the multiplied force generated from opposite traveling heavy objects. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that although head-on collisions constitute only 2 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, they account for 10 percent of all auto accident fatalities.

Why We’re Grateful to Beyoncé for Talking about Preeclampsia

Why We’re Grateful to Beyoncé for Talking about Preeclampsia Pregnant women can suffer from a disorder that is characterized by a rapid increase in blood pressure. Referred to as preeclampsia, the condition can occur during pregnancy and also during the weeks after delivery. Preeclampsia occurs in approximately 5 to 8 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. It is particularly threatening to the life of the mother and her baby if medical care professionals failed to diagnose and treat the condition promptly and correctly. The consequences of untreated preeclampsia can include stroke, seizure, and the failure of multiple organs.

While in Labor, What Are Things to Watch Out For?

EFM

EFM stands for electronic fetal monitoring. That's the machine directly next to you that is giving a print out of your baby's heart rate on top, and your contractions on the bottom. Typically, you wear – Mom wears – a belt across her stomach that provides the information for that print out.

Why Don’t Surgical Centers Have to Report the Deaths of Their Patients?

Why Don’t Surgical Centers Have to Report the Deaths of Their Patients?There are certain types of surgical procedures that don’t require long hospitals stays. Biopsies and colonoscopies are a good example, because they’re same-day procedures that don’t require an overnight stay; tonsillectomies, X-Rays, and cataract removals are also same day procedures. As a result, they are often performed at stand-alone surgery centers – not hospitals. These centers often cost less money, and are more conveniently located than hospitals, making them popular alternatives.

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