Thursday, September 8, 2011

NIH Starts TBI Database

TBI, otherwise known as traumatic brain injury, is a serious medical condition that affects thousands of Americans every year.  The effects of this injury can last a lifetime and inhibit almost every aspect of a person’s life.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) has recognized this problem as well, and is working to compile at $10M digital database, the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research database (FITBIR),  for research and treatment of such problems.  Additionally, physicians will be able to share CAT scans, MRI scans, and other test results to better diagnose and treat the more specific brain injuries of their patients.  NIH estimates that, in peacetime, over 1.7 million Americans experience a TBI every year, leading to $60 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses.  NIH hopes that the creation of this database will lead to more effective and affordable patient care.

Traumatic brain injuries are perhaps the scariest and most complicated injuries that can result from an accident, such as a car accidents, slip and fall, or construction accidents.  It is important to continue research into the treatments for TBI patients, especially since this particular injury can affect so many aspects of a person’s daily life.  TBI can affect speech, hearing, sight, bodily movements, cognitive abilities, as well as many other important areas.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer focused on practicing in central and western Pennsylvania.  For more information on him and his law firm, please click here.

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