Researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience have found that children who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one, tends to be more emotional and behavioral problems Compared to kids who don’t.
“Studying these hits to the head is difficult because much of it relies on the recall of the injury because the impacts do not require a doctor’s visit,” said Daniel Lopez, PhD candidate in the Epidemiology Program and first author of the study. Study published in NeuroImage.
Daniel said, “But being able to analyze longitudinal data from a large group and ask important questions gives us valuable information on how a TBI, even a mild one, can affects a developing brain,
Researchers used MRI and behavioral data collected from thousands of children who participated adolescent brain cognitive development (ABCD) study. They revealed that children with mild TBI had an increased risk of emotional or behavioral problems by 15 percent.
The risk was highest in children around the age of ten. Researchers found that children who had a significant head injury but did not meet the diagnostic criteria for mild TBI were also at increased risk of these behavioral and emotional problems.
The University of Rochester Medical Center is one of 21 research sites collecting data for the National Institutes of Health ABCD study. Since 2017, 340 children from the Greater Rochester area have been part of a 10-year study that is following 11,750 children through early adulthood. It looks at how biological development, behavior, and experiences affect brain maturation and other aspects of their lives, including academic achievement, social development, and overall health.
Researchers hope that data from future ABCD studies will better reveal the impact of these major hits on mental health and mental problems. “We know that certain areas of the brain associated with an increased risk of mental health problems are affected during TBI,” said Ed Friedman, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience and co-principal investigator of the ABCD study at the University of Rochester. , Friedman also led the study. “With more time and data, we hope to gain a better understanding of the long-term impact of a mild TBI.”
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