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Education may predict recovery from traumatic brain injuries

Massachusetts residents may have heard about a new study that found a link between education and recovery from a traumatic brain injury. Researchers say that the higher a victim's education level, the better the chance of a full recovery. According to their results, nearly 39 percent of the patients with traumatic brain injuries that fully recovered had a college degree.

It is estimated that approximately 2.5 million people in the United States suffer such an injury each year. Falls or auto accidents cause the majority of those injuries. The Center for Disease Control reports that all 2.5 million injuries are from penetration into the head, a jolt or a blow to the head. Young adults and children die or suffer a disability from a brain injury more often than any other cause.

Researchers at John Hopkins University performed the study. They followed 769 people who suffered brain injuries that were considered to be moderate or severe. After one year, the level of recovery was assessed for each patient. Other researchers are intrigued by the results but are still skeptical to say that education level is definitely a predictor of how well a patient will recover.

Recovery from traumatic brain injuries can be lengthy and frustrating. Fortunately, many people are able to return to their lives with a full recovery, but others may never be the same. Many personal injury claims in Massachusetts are filed in an attempt to recover monetary damages that could help with the cost of treatment and other related expenses for this and other debilitating injuries suffered because of the negligence of another person.

Source: CBS News, "People with more education may recover better from brain injury", Maureen Salamon, April 24, 2014

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