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CT scans at the ER may triple the risk of leukemia in children.

Posted 7 January 2013 by prehab

New research indicates that CT scans pose potential cancer risks to children. The study was funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the U.K. Department of Health, was published online in the Lancet today. CT scans pose potential cancer risks from associated ionizing radiation, especially if he or she had a previous scan.

Researchers said the use of CT scans in children to deliver cumulative doses of about 50 mGy might almost triple the risk of leukemia, and doses of about 60 mGy might triple the risk of brain cancer. Because these cancers are relatively rare, the cumulative absolute risks are small: In the 10 years after the first scan for patients younger than age 10, one excess case of leukemia and one excess case of brain tumor per 10,000 head CT scans is estimated to occur. Clinical benefits should outweigh the small absolute risks, but radiation doses from CT scans ought to be kept as low as possible, and alternative procedures that do not involve ionizing radiation should be considered.

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Read the publication by Lancet and more details about the study.

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The use of general anti-inflammatory drugs will not serve as a “magic bullet” for this silent epidemic.

Posted 1 January 2013 by prehab

There is no “magic bullet” when it comes to treating concussions with anti-inflammatory medication. Medications are not the first line of treatment for concussions. Even though a good option when complications expected or in the case of protracted recovery, not all cases respond well and like with any other injury, every patient responds differently. Rather, it seems that a tailored array of pro- and anti-inflammatory compounds given at particular temporal intervals will likely be implemented given the complexity of the inflammatory response to concussion. Treatments will likely differ based on severity of brain injury, age of the patient, and previous history of brain injury. Read the full article published on Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. Understanding the neuroinflammatory response following concussion to develop treatment strategies

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New study on concussions highlights the danger for girls

Posted 29 December 2012 by prehab

New research in the latest issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine shows that female athletes may be particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of a concussion. The research found that younger athletes and those who are female show more symptoms and take longer to recover from a concussion than athletes who are male or older.

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Hillary Clinton has a Concussion!

Posted 15 December 2012 by prehab

During a fainting episode due to dehydration Hillary Rodham Clinton sustained a concussion. I’m going to guess she didn’t have a baseline test. Read the full article. NYT

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