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People who survive a traumatic brain injury are three times more likely to die prematurely than the general population, often from suicide or fatal injuries, according to a study led by Dr Seena Fazel, Wellcome Trust senior research fellow in Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry. The study of 41 years' worth of Swedish medical records, published in JAMA Psychiatry, also found that TBI survivors were twice as likely to kill themselves (and 2.6 times as likely to die generally) before the age of 56 as unaffected siblings, who were included in the study to control for genetic factors and early upbringing. [The Guardian online, 16/01/2014, Haroon Siddique]

Brain injury survivors 3x more likely to die prematurely

More than 900,000 people living in the UK have suffered similar injuries which typically arise from a fall, road traffic accident or the impact of a blunt object. The research found that even those that survive six months after the incident often have to contend with longer-term problems including depression and psychiatric disorders. In what is believed to be the largest study of its kind, researchers from Oxford University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that one out of every 100 traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors died prematurely (before the age of 56). But the figure increased significantly among those with a history of psychiatric disorder.

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Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford
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"An Oxford University study has found that patients who suffer traumatic brain injuries are three times more likely to die prematurely. It is suggested that this is because damage to the brain can alter judgment, making accidents more likely, and may affect mental health. Dr Seena Fazel, who led the study, is interviewed."

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TV: SVT (Swedish TV) 16/01/2014, 09:00

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Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford 16/01/2014, 08:14

"Dr Seena Fazel from Oxford University explains the different long-lasting effects of head injuries."