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HHS HealthBeat (April 8, 2014)

A safe brain

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

Brain injuries are more common than you might think. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more than 2 and a half million traumatic brain injuries were reported in 2010 in the United States. Researcher Chris Taylor says these injuries can happen to people regardless of how old they are.

Taylor gives falls as an example:

“Falls are a leading cause of brain injuries, and children under 4 years of age and adults older than 65 are at higher risk for brain injury due to falls.”

Brain injuries can be prevented. For instance, Taylor says older people can be physically active to improve balance, and can remove tripping hazards and ensure sufficient lighting at home. Children can be buckled into age- and size-appropriate car seats.

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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: April 8, 2014