Special Report On Concussion

Neurology Now
September/October 2007
Volume 3(5)
p 46–47
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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function, but not all jolts to the head result in a TBI. Mild TBIs are known as concussions, whereas severe TBIs can lead to an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia. Falls and motor-vehicle crashes are some of the top causes for the 1.4 million TBI-related hospitalizations and deaths each year. The good news: some concussions are preventable. Visit the following sources to learn more about TBI prevention and management.

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Brain Injury Resource Center:

headinjury.com /faqpcs.htm

Find out about post-concussion syndrome, check out support groups and brain injury resources, and find doctors and rehabilitation facilities.

CDC

cdc.gov/Features/Concussion

There is a wealth of information on brain injury for both physicians and patients from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Download booklets (including a Spanish version) on concussion diagnosis, prevention, and sports-related concussion management.

Medline Plus:

nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/headandbraininjuries.html

Medline Plus—a service of the National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine—has information on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of concussion in Spanish and English.

WebMD

firstaid.webmd.com /concussion_treatment_firstaid.htm

This page includes advice for at-home treatment of concussion in the event of an emergency after one has called 911.

Assistance Directory

HELP FOR ALL NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

American Academy of Neurology Foundation

neurofoundation.org

866-770-7570

The Brain Matters

AAN patient website

thebrainmatters.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

ninds.nih.gov

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Alzheimer's Association

alz.org

1-800-272-3900

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

alzheimers.org

1-800-438-4380

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

alzfdn.org

1-866-232-8484

Ataxia

National Ataxia Foundation

ataxia.org

1-763-553-0020

AUTISM

Autism Society of America

autism-society.org

1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

CEREBRAL PALSY

United Cerebral Palsy

ucp.org

1-800-872-5827

Dystonia

Dystonia Foundation

dystonia-foundation.org

1-800-377-DYST (1-800-377-3978)

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

dysphonia.org

800-795-6732

Spasmodic Torticollis

spasmodictorticollis.org

1-888-445-4588

Epilepsy AND SEIZURES

Epilepsy Foundation

epilepsyfoundation.org

1-800-332-1000

Headache/Migraine

National Headache Foundation

headaches.org

1-888-NHF-5552 (1-888-643-5552)

American Council for Headache Education

achenet.org

1-856-423-0258

The Migraine and Pain Fund

migraineandpainfund.org

646-495-3017

Huntington's Disease

Hereditary Disease Foundation

hdfoundation.org

212-928-2121

Huntington's Disease Society of America

hdsa.org

1-800-345-HDSA (1-800-345-4372)

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

msassociation.org

1-800-532-7667

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

msfocus.org

1-800-225-6495

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

nationalmssociety.org

1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867)

Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

myasthenia.org

1-800-541-5454

Neuromuscular Diseases

ALS Association

alsa.org

1-800-782-4747

Muscular Dystrophy Association

mda.org

1-800-FIGHT-MD (1-800-344-4863)

Pain

American Pain Foundation

painfoundation.org

1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)

Neuropathy Association

neuropathy.org

212-692-0662

Parkinson's Disease

American Parkinson Disease Association

apdaparkinson.org

1-800-223-2732

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

michaeljfox.org

1-800-708-7644

National Parkinson Foundation

parkinson.org

1-800-327-4545

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

pdf.org

1-800-457-6676

Stroke

American Stroke Association

strokeassociation.org

1-888-4-STROKE (1-800-478-7653)

National Stroke Association

stroke.org

1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6563)

TRAUMA

Brain Injury Association of America

biausa.org

1-800-444-6443

Taste And Smell Disorders

Because our senses of smell and taste contribute significantly to our enjoyment of life, our desire to eat, and warn us about dangers like fires and spoiled food, smell and taste disorders can be serious. Check out the resources below for further information.

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia

nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tasteandsmelldisorders.html

Brought to you by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, this page offers links to articles on taste and smell, directories of physicians, and more.

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia

nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003052.htm

This article explains impaired smell, what to expect at the doctor's office, and treatment options.

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