Health Canada reported that children who use a specific brand of neck pillow risk exposure to lead. According to health safety authorities, brain injuries are one of the consequences of lead exposure. A recall notice was issued for these U-shaped pillows manufactured in another country and sold in Ontario and other provinces.
Motorists in Ontario might find reports of a significant increase in serious car accidents in a neighbouring province alarming. This year may prove to have more severe and catastrophic auto accidents than in the last 10 years. Injuries include amputations, spinal cord damage that cause paralysis and brain injuries -- all of which are potentially life-changing.
Statistics show that more than 200,000 Canadians suffer concussions each year. Authorities say concussions are the primary cause of disability in Ontario and other provinces. Traumatic brain injuries cause them, and even if the victim does not lose consciousness, the trauma can still affect the brain. Some of the symptoms may escape recognition because they can be subtle.
The desire for young women to be accepted into campus sororities in Ontario could have life-long consequences. The previous belief that the most critical time for brain development is during infancy has made way for research results that indicate differently. Alcohol consumption at any age could damage the brain. Brain injuries caused by accidents are not the only way in which the brain can be damaged.
In Toronto, victims of car accidents could be unaware of head trauma if there are no apparent injuries like penetration wounds to their heads. The whiplash motion of the head upon the impact of a collision can cause hidden brain injuries. The rapid backward and forward or side-to-side motion of the head causes the brain to smash into the skull. Different areas of the brain could be damaged, though not necessarily immediately evident.
Victims of car accidents or other tragedies in Ontario who suffered head trauma might not have concerning symptoms immediately. However, concussions can occur even without puncture wounds. Many people do not know that undiagnosed concussions could have life-altering health consequences. Immediately after an incident that caused brain trauma, medical examinations will focus on possible brain injuries. However, symptoms of concussions could begin surfacing after days or even weeks, by which time, they may not be linked to an accident.
Car accidents can leave victims with life-altering injuries. Some of the most severe ones are those caused by an accident that involves a large truck. An Ontario woman recently spoke about the consequences of brain injuries she suffered when a garbage truck rear-ended her car at a red traffic light. It took her five years before she found a treatment method that brought relief.
Cyclists in Ontario and elsewhere are vulnerable. With hardly any protection, bicycle riders usually suffer critical or even catastrophic injuries when struck by cars. Even with a riding helmet, brain injuries can occur. One such an accident left a 26-year-old amateur athlete and teacher in a coma. On June 26, the man was struck by a vehicle while cycling in the interior.
Head trauma can affect people in Ontario and elsewhere in different ways. Brain injuries are unique, just like no two people are alike. The area of the brain where the damage occurred will determine which of the brain functions are affected. The left and right sides of the brain are called hemispheres. A nerve fibre network connects the two hemispheres, and the hemispheres have different lobes, each responsible for a specific function.
After quarantine and cold winter weather, most people in Ontario will likely embrace the warmer weather, and the opportunity to have summertime fun. However, the risks of brain injuries are higher at this time of the year. Summertime activities like swimming, hiking, biking and more cause significant numbers of head injuries each year. That is the reason for health care providers to call this the trauma season.