By Loren Grush May 06, 2014
Females recover 2x faster than males from concussions
In a new study published online in the journal Radiology, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh utilized diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) on concussion patients to determine how males and females recover from injury. Whereas females recovered in 1 month, males needed 2 months.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this superb and informative study recognized that diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is capable of determining both the presence and severity of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in which MRI’s are normal, albeit concussions resulting in memory and concentration symptoms still persist. DTI’s are able to detect impairments within the nerve tracts or neurons that connect various parts of the brain, thus allowing better management of cases, especially athletes, as well as explaining poor performance in individual previously mistakenly diagnosed with psychological causes
Of approximately 2 million Americans suffering from traumatic brain injury, 90% have whats considered mildTBI’s. And the reported findings verified clinical observations indicating that females recover faster than males. However, the severity of injury didn’t predict how quickly you got better.
Dr. Saeed Fakhran found that one area of the brain connecting the frontal and temporal brains was crucial in explaining both of the above observations— the uncinate fasciculus (UF). This brain region contains a large amount of progesterone receptors – more so in women than in men – and research in rats has shown that progesterone may be protective against brain trauma. And this area was the best correlated with concussion severity.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com
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