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HHS HealthBeat (May 17, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

If you watch sports, you’ve probably heard about TBIs – traumatic brain injuries, like concussions. But TBIs don’t just happen in sports. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lisa McGuire says they also can occur in daily activities, such as a slip in the tub or car crashes. The CDC says that in 2009 there were 2.4 million TBI-related hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths.

McGuire says a TBI might give you trouble thinking clearly, remembering new things, headache, nausea or sensitivity to light and noise. But she says:

“Ignoring the symptoms and trying to tough it out often makes the symptoms worse. Be patient because your brain healing does take time.”

If a TBI is suspected, see your healthcare provider.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 17, 2013