30-year study finds head injuries associated with 2 to 3 times higher mortality rates in adults – CTV

Jan. 25, 2023

New research indicates that head injuries are associated with two to three times higher mortality rates in adults.

The 30-year-study, conducted by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, found that mortality rates among adults who experience moderate or severe head trauma were nearly three times higher than adults who never endured head injuries. It also found that any head injury, whether mild, moderate or severe, are linked to nearly two times the mortality rate of adults who have never injured their heads at all.

Published in the JAMA Neurology, the research found that over 23 million adults in the U.S., age 40 or older, reported a history of head injury with loss of consciousness, attributing causes such as unintentional falls, sports injuries, or car crashes. The research also correlated a series of long-term health conditions with various types of head trauma, including late-onset epilepsy, dementia and a higher risk of stroke.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/30-year-study-finds-head-injuries-associated-with-2-to-3-times-higher-mortality-rates-in-adults-1.6244238

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