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Study Finds More Than Half of Those Living on the Street Suffer from a Brain Injury

Wednesday, March 4, 2020  

The crisis is evident. Homelessness blankets the city of Portland and the surrounding areas. From Seattle to Salem and beyond, tents, tarps and trash are everywhere. Now, a study says there is a common theme among the homeless. According to researchers at the University of British Columbia: 53% of people experiencing homelessness have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). For 25%, that injury is moderate to severe.

That's 10 times the rate of the average population.

“It’s way more common than we think, and it's way underreported,” Dr. Greg Eckel, a naturopathic physician, said. Eckel often treats patients with TBI. ...Read more.