June 2016 Archives

The link between traumatic brain injuries and depression

Missouri residents may be unaware that most scientific research into mental illness has found that individuals who suffer serious head injuries have a far higher risk of developing depression. The general scientific consensus is that the risk of depression is between two and five times higher for traumatic brain injury sufferers compared to the population as a whole.

Potential dangers of plastic surgery

Many Missouri residents undoubtedly consider plastic surgery to be fairly safe. Unfortunately, the problem with plastic surgery is that, like most surgeries, the patient has to be temporarily sedated with anesthesia. Anytime anesthesia is used, there is always a chance that something could go wrong. This is especially true when one or more of the doctors involved is negligent, as was the case with an 18-year-old Florida patient in 2013.

Investigation finds NFL tried to influence brain injury research

Missouri residents may be aware of a report issued by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone that finds that the National Football League improperly tried to influence a National Institutes of Health study on the connection between football and brain injuries. According to the senior House Democrat's investigation, the NFL rescinded a $30 million donation to the NIH when it would not take $16 million of the donation away from Robert Stern, a Boston University researcher and expert on the relationship between football and brain injury.

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