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Increase in brain injuries caused by falls

New research reveals an increase in fall-related traumatic brain injuries among the elderly.

Brain injuries are a major cause of hospitalization, disability and death across all age groups. Falling is the most common cause of head trauma in older adults.

A Finnish study of patients 80 and over found fall-related traumatic brain injuries in the elderly have risen sharply over the past 40 years. In fact, overall brain trauma for this age group was up 289% in women and 315% in men.

Researchers say more studies are needed to determine the reason for the increase and to help develop better interventions for falls and injury prevention.

This study was led by researchers at Injury and Osteoporosis Research Centre and published in ‘Jama'.

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