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Lack of diagnosis and reporting of concussion is of concern by the Brain Injury Association of New Zealand as it can cause prolonged brain damage due to lack of treatment. Concussion results from head trauma where the brain is bruised from hitting off the skull. If a second concussion happens shortly after the first incident, while the brain is still recovering, the person can sustain permanent damage. To prevent this from happening greater awareness about the dangers of receiving concussion and how to assess and treat victims is needed.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Scoop Independent News
About: Concussion can lead to permanent brain damage
Date: 24 May 2005
Source: Scoop Independent News
Author: Press release: Brain Injury Association
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