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New research helps identify early brain changes from injuries

A new report on traumatic brain injuries is making news in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI) research. These kinds of brain injuries can happen to anyone from athletes to those who are involved in traffic accidents.

Researchers released a new study that looks at changes in neurons in the brain that could indicate a brain injury. With around 153 people dying from these injuries every day in the United States and many more suffering long-term injuries, this research could be a huge step forward in helping identify injuries that could negatively impact patients.

This study, which is the first of its kind, used X-ray diffraction to examine the myelin in the optic nerves of rats. The researchers were able to identify the stage at which the myelin began to change with external forces. Changes could be extremely small, but any change could indicate an injury to the brain.

Knowing how much force causes what kind of injury is extremely important, since knowing the minimum amount of force needed to cause a brain injury could help doctors, paramedics and others know if a brain injury is a possibility at the scene of an accident, whether that's on the side of the road or on a football field. Increasing the sensitivity of tools that can recognize brain injuries at such a minute level helps identify injuries that might otherwise be missed and yet still be causing patients symptoms.

Changes in technology and research can be a huge help to patients of brain injuries. This is just one major study that could be making a difference in your life in the future if you've suffered a brain injury due to a sports accident, car crash or other cause.

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