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Young Adult Head Injuries Linked to Later Violence - featured June 2, 2011

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[Source: Reuters]

Young adults who've suffered head injuries are more likely to get into a fight or take part in other kinds of violence, according to new study findings.

The link between head injury and violence was particularly strong if the previous head injury had occurred within the past year, the authors note in the journal Pediatrics.

With this type of research, it's never possible to figure out if brain injuries really are at the root of aggression, or if some other factor is behind both, study author Dr. Sarah Stoddard of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, told Reuters Health.

But things like drug use, heavy drinking and a history of violence didn't seem to explain the findings, she said.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 1.7 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury every year, due to bumps, blows, jolts, or any injury that disrupts the brain's normal functioning.

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