Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/ Concussion

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About Concussion

Physical injury to the head, as a result of falls and accidents, during sports activities and during combat, can result in concussion — or mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Short-lived symptoms include headaches, dizziness, and confusion, but primary methods to diagnose concussion are generally subjective and can be unreliable, especially when baseline data is not available. Doctors and paramedics currently use symptom scales and neurocognitive tests to assess patients and diagnose concussions.

The RapidDx Device for Concussion

RapidDx is developing a device that will quickly and accurately measure the presence of micro-ribonucleic acids (miRNAs) in the saliva. These molecules are released from cranial nerves in the oropharynx within minutes of head impact.

This device will be an over-the-counter product that can be kept in a first aid kit at home or at the clinician’s office, a handbag, or a car to enable a rapid response to falls, vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and other traumatic events.

Facts about

Falls are the leading cause of concussion
Falls are the number one cause of concussions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
69 million with TBIs annually

69 million people worldwide will suffer a TBI/concussion each year

Among children, most concussions happen on the playground, while bike riding or playing sports

Playground accidents causing concussion, including contact sport and bike riding

Between 1.7 and 3 million sports and recreation-related concussions happen each year in the U.S.

Half of these go undetected

sports concussion examples
long-term cognition and communication issues related to traumatic head injury

Long-term effects include problems with cognition, communication, and behavior

Complications of TBI include seizures, nerve damage, blood clots, stroke, coma and brain infections

one or more TBIs may increase likelihood of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease

One or more TBIs may increase the likelihood of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

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