This is not new news, but it is good that it is being reported on. In a lecture I give there was a good study from 2009 highlighting this.
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
A single concussion experienced by a child or teenager may have lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout adulthood, and multiple head injuries increase the risks of later problems, according to one of the largest, most elaborate studies to date of the impacts of head trauma on the young.
If the blood test discussed in the following article turns out to really work, and I feel the concept seems like it should, this would be great.
The next major question is; can it be used for tracking recovery or validating post concussion syndrome that may be months to decades old?
I will try to contact Dr. Papa to find out her thoughts on this.
Of course, preventing concussions is key and using preemptive nutritional protocols in high risk individuals to limit the damage of a head trauma needs to studied in large human trials (I hope to be involved in this in the near future) and used now since these nutrients are not dangerous to take.
Blood Test May Detect Concussion in Kids
WebMD News from HealthDay
By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A simple blood test may one day be able to detect concussions in children, a new study suggests.
The test, which has already been used in adults, detected traumatic brain injuries in kids 94 percent of the time. More important, a negative result means a CT scan, and the radiation exposure it brings, may not be needed the researchers said.
“When a child comes in with a head injury, we have to decide whether they have a concussion,” said study author Dr. Linda Papa, an emergency medicine physician with Orlando Health in Florida.
“We also have to decide whether the child needs a CT scan,” Papa added. “CT scans are not harmless.”
A CT scan exposes the child’s brain to radiation that can cause damage, Papa explained. “The more we avoid CT scans, the better it is for the patient,” she said.
About 250,000 kids are treated each year for brain injuries such as concussions, according to Papa. A simple test that could take the guesswork out of diagnosing these kids could change the way concessions are identified, she said.
Papa developed the test, but has no financial interest in it. “For my patients, I think it’s going to make a huge difference. I didn’t do this for financial benefit, I did it because I wanted to have a blood test that we could use to help people,” she said.
The study, which was published in the November issue of the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, was funded in part by the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
The blood test measures levels of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). This protein is found in cells that surround neurons in the brain. When the brain is injured, GFAP is released into the bloodstream, making it easy to detect, Papa said.
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