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BRAIN injury could affect almost half of homeless people and may contribute to the risk of people becoming homeless in the first place, says a study by The Disabilities Trust.

The charity’s chief executive, Barrie Oldham, said: “An estimated 100,000 people in the UK live with long term disabilities as the result of brain injury – a “silent epidemic”.

“This groundbreaking research is the first step towards a better understanding of the possible link between homelessness and brain injury.”

The research reflects the findings of a 2008 study of homeless people in Toronto, Canada, which found that 53% had sustained a brain injury.

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