Even "Mild" Head Injuries Cause Major Problems, Study Finds

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

As reported in The Telegraph, researchers at the University of Oxford and Imperial College recently published a paper revealing the findings of a 40-year study of more than 1 million victims of so-called "mild" traumatic brain injuries.  The researchers studied the lives of more than a million people born since 1973 in Sweden and followed them to see how mild head injuries impacted their lives over many years.  The study found that people suffering from only a "mild" traumatic brain injury (defined by the researchers as a head injury leaving the person dazed or confused) were 60 percent more likely to have died in the studied period of time than those with no head injury, 91 percent more likely to have been hospitalized for a psychiatric problem, 55 percent more likely to have performed less effectively in education, and 52 percent more likely to have required some sort of disability benefit.

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