Apr 11, 2016

SCIENTISTS SAY THEY ARE CLOSER TO A METHOD OF DETECTING CONCUSSIONS USING A BLOOD TEST


SCIENTISTS SAY THEY ARE CLOSER TO A METHOD OF DETECTING CONCUSSIONS USING A BLOOD TEST. THE BLOOD TEST CAN DETECT EVIDENCE OF A CONCUSSION UP TO A WEEK AFTER A PATIENT IS INJURED. THE STUDY INCLUDED NEARLY 6-HUNDRED PATIENTS AND FOUND THAT A CERTAIN BIOMARKER WAS DETECTABLE IN BLOOD SERUM UP TO A WEEK AFTER THE INITIAL HEAD INJURY. THE TIME SPAN IS CRITICAL BECAUSE CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS IN CHILDREN ARE OFTEN DIFFICULT TO DETECT OR DELAYED. CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS THAT AREN'T TREATED CAN LEAD TO MORE SERIOUS INJURY

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