High Rate of Traumatic Brain Injury Found Among Homeless

A recent study has shown a high rate of traumatic brain injuries among the homeless. Traumatic brain injuries are most often caused by falls, motor vehicle crashes and assaults and result in immediate problems such as confusion and disorientation as well as often resulting in long term injuries such as cognitive and behavioral problems. The article mentions there could be a connection between these long term effects and the victims ending up homeless, because these problems left untreated make it hard to maintain one’s life. It also points out that once the victims are homeless they are more likely to be exposed to more assaults as well as drugs and alcohol which can further the damaging affects of these long term injuries. A possible solution to help this problem is to check for signs of brain injury more thoroughly after accidents and especially in high risk areas, which could hopefully cut down on the number of traumatic brain injury victims that end up homeless. For the full story click here.

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