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Brain Injuries: Collaborative research may improve outcomes

The Alzheimer Society says over 564,000 people in Ontario and other provinces and territories in Canada have dementia. Reportedly, Alzheimer's is one of over 1,000 diseases, injuries and disorders that affect the brain. Canadians are said to be leaders among the world's top researchers. They are seeking more information to help them to understand all the intricate workings of the brain as well as the potential disorders and brain injuries that affect it.

Brain injuries suffered 35 years ago still cause hardship

Concussions are a potentially severe health problem. This issue has persisted for decades because even with all the medical and scientific advances, the fact that concussions are brain injuries that could have long-term consequences is often ignored. This misconception has not changed much over the past 30-odd years. The wife of an Ontario man who suffered an undiagnosed brain injury in 1983 explained the family's suffering since then.

Brain injuries: Damage still evident 3 months after concussion

Although youth hockey leagues have established measures to prevent hockey players from returning to the ice too soon after concussions, ongoing research into sports-related brain injuries indicates that existing protocols may not provide enough protection. Doctors at Western University in Ontario say they studied detailed images of the brains of 15-year-old hockey players who had suffered concussions. What they found showed that players were cleared to play while they were still experiencing aftereffects of the brain injuries.

Study reveals many baseline tests for brain injuries are invalid

There is no lack of concern and effort to protect young athletes in Ontario and elsewhere from suffering head trauma during participation in sports activities. Various studies are carried out to find the best ways to prevent brain injuries. Although baseline testing has become a trusted method to prevent athletes from returning too soon after concussions, the results of a recent University of Windsor study indicate that more than half of baseline tests are invalid.

New law aims to prevent brain injuries among Ontario athletes

Pending Royal Assent, schools and coaches will soon have to comply with a new Ontario law that aims to protect athletes from suffering concussions. Rowan's Law will change the safety culture around concussions, which are often not recognized as brain injuries. The law arose from the 2013 death of the 17-year-old rugby player, Rowan Stringer, who suffered a fatal head injury after several prior concussions.

Concern over brain injuries due to repeated concussions

Studies to determine the damage done by head injuries suffered by athletes have mostly been conducted after their deaths. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario changed that. They studied retired football players for the effects of brain injuries caused by repeated concussions. Their findings followed a significant range of tests and sophisticated scanning of the brains of the subjects.

Brain injuries: Do you know the symptoms of a concussion?

Not all Ontario parents know that a concussion is serious and should not be disregarded. Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries, but the fact that they are mild does not make them less dangerous. Repeated concussions can cause long-term consequences. Children can suffer these injuries on the playgrounds or sports fields, and although they may have cuts, contusions or bruises, no obvious injuries may be present.

Brain injuries can be challenging for victims and loved ones

There is no organ in the body of any human that is as powerful and complex as the brain. A healthy brain is necessary to think, breathe, interact, move and make decisions throughout every person's daily life. Brain injuries can happen in the blink of an eye -- often causing significant changes to the lives of victims. Reportedly, an estimated half a million traumatic brain injury victims live in Canada, including Ontario.

Brain injuries: Tow truck strikes Hamilton senior in crosswalk

Drivers in Ontario must stop at any crosswalk and wait for pedestrians to complete the crossing and exit the crosswalk before they proceed. While this law is intended to protect pedestrians, accidents that cause traumatic injuries to pedestrians continue to occur. In many cases, these crashes lead to life-changing brain injuries for the victims.

Legal options regarding brain injuries on construction sites

Construction workers in Ontario and elsewhere are exposed to numerous safety hazards, with fall accidents among the most prevalent. For that reason, it is vital for employers in this industry to comply with the safety regulations of both the Ministry of Labour and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Falls can have catastrophic consequences, including brain injuries and even death.

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