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Traumatic brain injuries and mental helath problems in women

Each year, about 1.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the military, blast injuries are common. Of the soldiers who are injured, between 15 and 30 percent will develop neurophychiatric disorders later on that can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. While men are more likely to suffer from a TBI, women have a higher risk of developing a disorder related to their mental health, according to a recent study presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th meeting in Orlando, Florida.

The study used mice and the ORA Advanced Blast Simulator to simulate humans and mild blast injuries. While both the male and female mice showed altered levels of corticosterone after being subjected to the stimulated blast, female mice showed higher dysregulation of the corticosterone level than the male mice did. This is believed to be due to estrogen levels in the female mice.

Better TBI and mental health disorder treatments may be forthcoming once it is understood exactly how a TBI can interfere with the body's corticosterone levels -- which is used to determine how the body responds to stress. More research is needed to determine why this occurs in order for treatments to be developed.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a brain injury due to another person's recklessness, negligence or carelessness, you may have a right to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. An North Carolina attorney experienced in personal injury cases can provide more information on how you would proceed to seek such compensation.

Source: Science Daily, "Traumatic brain injuries leave women prone to mental health problems," April 03, 2017

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