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Concussions are Minor Traumatic Brain Injuries

Concussions are seen as a common thing for kids. Just a bump on the head. It is actually much more serious. Concussions are in fact “mild traumatic brain injuries”. Research was conducted on the medical records of 434 children. Here is what was found:

• 341 of these had a traumatic brain injury

• 32 percent of the 341 had been diagnosed with a concussion

• Many kids were sent back to school and into regular activities prior to when they should have been

• When children are permitted back to school before they should it results in a higher risk (twice as likely) for a second injury

Due to these results it has been questioned if a concussion has a reputation of less severity than reality. It is proposed that concussions should be renamed as “brain injuries” to help people see that concussions are more severe than thought. It was also found in the study that when children were diagnosed with a concussion they were released earlier than if the child was diagnosed with a “brain injury”, though they are completely the same thing. Concussions do leave lasting symptoms which may be very subtle, such as balance.

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-BS Pharm, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Paul Zickler is a graduate of the University of Wester Ontario in 1972. After graduating from the faculty of medicine, Dr. Zickler practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years. He has then operated ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years. Dr. Zickler has become an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, a Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy), a principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines, and a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Dr. Zickler is passionate about combining western prescription medicine and natural medicines.

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