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Childhood head injury linked to higher risk of adult mental illness and poorer life chances

A new paper published on 24th August by Oxford University indicates far-reaching and long term consequences of head injury.

An Oxford University-led research team, in the UK, US and Sweden, funded by Wellcome, analysed data from more than a million Swedes born between 1973 and 1985 to examine the long-term impact of having a traumatic brain injury before the age of 25.
As the data only included hospital admissions for head injury, and therefore didn’t take into account less severe accidents many children have that go unrecorded, these are likely conservative estimates of the scale of the problem.

Further information about the study is available here:

The paper, Long-Term Outcomes Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury in Childhood and Adolescence: A Nationwide Swedish Cohort Study of a Wide Range of Medical and Social Outcomes, is published open access in PLOS Medicine (doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002103).

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