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CONCUSSION CLUE?

How a drop of blood may tell you lifesaving info about a hit to the head.

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New Research

  • New study of 450 people using Abbott Laboratories invention.
  • Handheld device collects a few drops of blood from patient, measuring proteins in the bloodstream released when a brain injury occurs.
  • Within 15 minutes the device can predict if a patient has a traumatic brain injury or concussion.
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Why It Matters

“One of the hardest parts about treating concussions today is in diagnosing them. We have to base a diagnosis on the ‘clinical’ picture: how a person or child behaves and their symptoms. So, it would be wonderful to have a simple test that could definitively diagnose it.”

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, ER doctor, mother of 2 and author of "Mom Hacks."
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Data shows upwards of 1/2 of all concussions go undiagnosed. The Dept of Defense helped fund the research on this device which could be used in war zones. It's currently already in use in Europe to diagnose heart attacks.

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