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Leeds study explores link between homelessness and brain injuries

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Media captionResearch being carried out in Leeds is exploring the links between homelessness and brain injuries.

Research being carried out in Leeds is exploring the links between homelessness and brain injuries.

The Disabilities Trust said almost half of the 100 homeless people it questioned in the city said they had suffered a head injury.

The trust categorised a brain injury as anything from a fall that involved a blow to the head to car accidents.

The trust's spokeswoman Sarah Clifford said Leeds was picked because of its high homeless population.

'Lives fall apart'

She said: "We're asking, which way round is it? Is it, that people get a brain injury because they become homeless and life on the streets is risky and they are likely to be a victim of assault?

"Or is it, people have a brain injury and people's lives fall apart and then they go onto the streets.

"We think it is both, but this early research shows there might be a contribution to the risk of becoming homeless."

The trust said of the 100 people questioned, 48 said they had suffered a head injury.

Of those, 90% said they had suffered the injury before becoming homeless.

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