The findings in a study of national data don’t necessarily mean that concussions are on the rise. But many children aren’t taken for medical treatment, so the numbers are likely only a snapshot of a much bigger problem, doctors say.
The death of 45-year-old Natasha Richardson last week from what had been labeled a “mild brain injury” after a skiing accident has experts in trauma warning the public to take a blow to the head seriously.
An autopsy confirmed the actress, who fell on the slopes, died of an epidural hematoma, which is bleeding between the skull and the outer layer that covers the brain called the dura. But doctors not involved in her care noted reports that said she initially refused treatment.
Family members of actress Natasha Richardson, including her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, returned to a New York hospital where the Tony Award-winning actress was reportedly taken with a serious head injury after falling on a Canadian ski slope. Richardson is married to actor Liam Neeson.
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