ER visits for brain injuries increase

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More and more people are showing up to emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries, like concussions.

A new study finds the number increasing nearly 30 percent.

University of Pittsburgh researchers analyzed data from more than 950-hospitals between 2006 and 2010.  They found that in 2010 there were an estimated 2.5 million emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury- a 29% increase from 2006.

They also found that children younger than 3 years old and adults older than 60 had the largest increase in traumatic brain injury rates.

The most common description for the visit was “concussion” or “unspecified head injury.”

Researchers attribute the increase to a number of factors, including increased awareness and diagnoses.

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