What Type of Headache Do You Have?

It is estimated that approximately 45 million Americans complain of headaches each year, which comes to nearly 17% of the population. While some can be minor and go away quickly, others can become serious, and require daily treatment of some sort. The big question is, how do you know what type of headache you have in order to find the correct relief?

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World Cancer Day 2017

Cancer is the leading cause of death around the world. Every year, approximately 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer and 7.6 million of them will die from the disease.

For World Cancer Day in 2017, individuals and organizations are adopting the “We can. I can” approach to cancer. This means that organizations and individuals will both do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

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January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

Sports can be a fun and exciting way to stay active in the winter, but you must take precaution when playing any sport to avoid potential injury. There are over 200,000 cases of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, every year. Traumatic Brain Injury is a blanket term that is used to cover any blunt, sharp, neurological or chemical trauma to the head that causes impaired brain activity.

Symptoms, Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury is a fairly common injury in sports. The symptoms can range form mild to severe, as most traumatic injuries can.

Traumatic Brain Injury Month

What MILD Traumatic Brain Injury Looks Like

  • After initial trauma, disorientation or loss of consciousness lasts 30 minutes or less
  • MRI/CAT scans appear normal
  • Mild headaches, memory loss, difficulty thinking
  • Mood swings, frustration

What SEVERE Traumatic Brain Injury Looks like

  • After initial trauma, loss of consciousness is longer than 30 minutes
  • Memory loss lasts longer than 24 hours
  • Impairment of high-level cognitive function
  • Potentially comatose state
  • Can’t speak properly and may not be able to use extremities correctly or at all

Each case of traumatic brain injury is different. If you believe you or someone near you may have suffered a brain injury, call 911, as immediate medical attention may be necessary.

What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries

Most people believe that traumatic brain injuries can only happen from blunt trauma. While common, especially in winter sports, there are a few different categorizations of things that can cause traumatic brain injury. Learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury Causes here.

Open Head Injury

Any penetrative wound, such as a gunshot, can cause traumatic brain injury. Often, there are other medical issues that need to be controlled as well, such as bleeding and swelling, making open head injuries difficult to manage.

Closed Head Injury

Slipping or falling and landing on your head, or collision with your head, may cause a closed head injury. This is the most common type of traumatic brain injury that we see from sports and car accidents.

Deceleration Injuries

This happens when the brain is moved or stopped abruptly and slams the front/back of the skull. This may cause the brain to swell or bleed.

Chemical Trauma

If toxins enter the bloodstream and affect the brain, you may experience traumatic brain injury without impact or penetration.

Loss of Oxygen

When there is not enough oxygen to the brain, neurons in the brain can die. This can result in severe cognitive / memory deficits.

Cancer / Tumors

Cell growth malfunction can cause tumors to grow, pressing against the brain and causing damage to neuron groups. Surgery to remove the tumor may also damage the brain.

Infection

Encephalitis and Meningitis are two common infections that can destroy neurological function.

Stroke

Blocking of blood flow to the brain will cause cell death. This can cause permanent trauma to the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness

Be aware of the symptoms of traumatic brain injury as it could save your life. Seek immediate medical help if you believe someone has suffered from a traumatic brain injury. Time is critical in these situations to avoid serious damage. As always, make sure to wear proper protective gear when playing any sport. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of a TBI, or have injured your head recently, visit Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound today. 

Keep Your Holiday Dinners Safe and Fun

With Holidays approaching fast, the rush to get all of your food prepared can make you want to cut corners in order to make sure everything gets on the table in time. But did you know that foodborne diseases cause roughly 76 million people to become sick each year?

If you’re cooking for just a few people, or a large group, there are a few safety tips that can help you prevent sickness while still getting everything prepared in a timely manner. 

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Can Loud Noises Cause Hearing Loss?

When people think of hearing loss, they often believe it only affects seniors. But did you know that approximately 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 suffer from some form of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

Depending on a combination of factors including the intensity, frequency and duration of a noise, sound has the capability to damage our hearing. 

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What Epileptics Need to Know About Alcohol

It is recommended that those with epilepsy avoid alcohol completely if possible. But, with the holiday season approaching quickly, you may want to go out with friends or celebrate a special occasion, making this an unrealistic expectation. It is important to know the facts about how alcohol affects your body.

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What You Need to Know about Grand Mal Seizures

There are several different types of seizures, including grand mal seizures. Grand mal seizures, also known as generalized tonic-clonic seizures, include a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. Though this is the type of seizure most people picture when they think of seizures, it’s not common for a person with epilepsy to have a grand mal seizure more than once.

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How Do I Know If I Have Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, affecting one in every ten people over the age of 65.

While some issues related to memory can be related to stress, exhaustion, or even hunger, it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms to ensure it’s not more serious. If you experience the following symptoms on a regular basis, it might be time to talk to your physician:

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Celebrate World Brain Day with Texas Health Flower Mound

World Brain Day 2016

The World Federation of Neurology celebrates World Brain Day, a day dedicated to the education of the public on different neurological disorders, including epilepsy, on July 22nd, 2016. Last year, the topic of World Brain Day was “It’s Seizures, Not Cases”, which focused on the incredibly large percentage of people living with epilepsy residing in countries that do not have ample access to medical care. Continue reading