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Researchers say that a blood test that could predict the severity of a concussion even more accurately than a spinal tap, could soon be on the horizon.

Concussions are mild brain injuries that occur when a person suffers a sudden blow or jolt to the head. These are very common in motorcycle accidents or any kind of accident in which the person suffers a sudden blow to the skull.

Concussions are considered mild brain injuries, but that does not mean that they can be ignored. They can lead to distressing consequences, including temporary memory loss, loss of concentration, forgetfulness, inability to focus, distraction, and other consequences that can affect a person’s ability to study or perform work-related activities.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many 2.5 million people in the United States suffer a brain injury every year.  Brain injuries can be a result of many types of accidents including slip and falls, car accidents and bicycle accidents.  Brain injuries are especially common in motorcycle accidents and can occur even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet while riding.

A brain injury can forever change a person’s life.  Traumatic brain injury can severely disrupt a person’s ability lead a productive and normal life. Depending on the severity of the injury, there may be numerous repercussions on the individual’s ability to perform daily routine functions.

A complete treatment for a brain injury has proven elusive, although there are advancements that can help reduce the severity of the injury, and thereby, the consequences of the injury. Typically, these treatments have to be administered within the first few hours of the brain injury in order to limit the severity of the injury.

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