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  • Caregivers Who Practice Mindful Creativity Help Patient Recovery After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 21-Oct-2016

    In recent years, “mindfulness,” or the focused awareness of self in the present moment, has been the subject of scientific interest and research. The benefits of mindfulness intervention on cognitive and emotional processing may have implications for those who have experienced a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), as these patients often experience deficits in cognition and emotional ...
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  • The Contribution of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder & Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms Following Motor Vehicle Accidents

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 19-Oct-2016

    Annually, about 500 in every 100,000 children experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Though the majority of these injuries are mild and symptoms typically resolve within days to weeks after injury, 5-30% of children may experience persistent post-concussive symptoms (PPCS), which can negatively impact their quality of life for months or even years after TBI. Recent research suggests that PPCS ...
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  • Insurance Status & Race Affect Treatment & Outcome of Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 17-Oct-2016

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects 1.7 million Americans every year, contributing to chronic health complications, which may include cognitive and psychosocial impairments. Demographic studies suggest that black people and those of low socioeconomic status (regardless of race) are more likely to sustain a TBI, but there is a lack of conclusive research on the impact of race and socioeconomic ...
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  • Validation of the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool in Brain-Injured Critically Ill Adults

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 11-Oct-2016

    Pain is a common consequence of traumatic brain injury ( TBI ), but many TBI patients are unable to communicate their pain. Over time, untreated pain can cause physiological problems and increase the length of a patient’s ICU stay. To accurately assess a patient’s pain level, a behavior-based scale may be more appropriate than self-report methods. A recent study examined the validity ...
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  • Diagnosis Threat and Injury Beliefs After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Oct-2016

    After experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), patients may experience cognitive deficits, emotional and physical difficulties, and behavioral problems. Typically, these symptoms resolve by three months post-injury. In some cases, however, patients may experience persistent symptoms even after this time period, a phenomenon known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). In some instances, PCS is ...
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  • The Legal Landscape of Concussion: Implications for Sports Medicine Providers

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 3-Oct-2016

    In recent years, sports-related concussion – particularly at the high school level – has become a major public health concern. Current concussion law in all fifty states involves sports injury education, removal from play, and restrictions on athletes’ return to play after a head injury. This legislation is intended to protect youth athletes from the potentially devastating ...
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  • Study Finds Link Between TBI and Parkinson's, but not Alzheimer's

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 27-Sep-2016

    The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found a link between traumatic brain injuries (TBI) resulting in a loss of consciousness and Parkinson’s disease. However, there has not been a connection to TBI and Alzheimer’s disease. This study – the largest ever on this topic with data from 7,130 older adults – is considered significant in that it challenges previous ...
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  • Promedica Joins Stem-Cell Research on Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 22-Sep-2016

    To try and find benefits of treating traumatic brain injuries, ProMedica is partnering up with a stem-cell company in California called Stemedica Cell Technologies. The main goal in this research is to see if stem cells provided by Stemedica can regenerate brain tissue in people who have suffered injuries in car accidents, in combat, or from sports. One major success story that is mentioned in the ...
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  • Research, Technology, Aid Effort To Help TBI Patients

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 16-Sep-2016

    The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a directorate of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, is making large strides in researching and treating traumatic brain injuries of varying degrees. Research dives into “the structure and metabolic activity in the brain, how it metabolizes glucose, where the blood flow is, and the electrical activity in the brain.” ...
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  • New UC Study Will Examine 'Secondary Injury' After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 9-Sep-2016

    The University of Cincinnati Department Of Neurosurgery will begin studying what happens after a traumatic brain injury ( TBI ) has occurred. The goal in this study, which has received a grant of $4.7 million, is to uncover what is called the “secondary injury” that usually comes along after the initial brain injury. Typically, patients begin to show symptoms called “brain ...
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  • CDC Study Identifies Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury at Increased Risk of PTSD

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 2-Sep-2016

    A study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma found that “Civilian Emergency Department Populations” who present with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are more likely to present Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms after six months post-injury. Essentially, this study was one of the first to focus on civilians with mTBI and possibly PTSD. A majority of studies on mTBI are ...
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  • Impairments in Working Memory after a TBI

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 30-Aug-2016

    People who suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often notice that their memory is not as good after the accident as it was before the accident. One post-TBI memory problem is amnesia. There are two types of amnesia: retrograde amnesia, which involves losing memories of events that occurred before the accident, and anterograde amnesia, involving the loss of memories of events that occurred ...
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  • Intensive Care Unit Experience: Psychological Impact on Family Members of Patients with and Without TBI

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 17-Aug-2016

    Each year in the United States, approximately five million people are admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for an injury or illness. The ICU environment can be stressful or anxiety inducing for these patients and for their family members, who must often balance the medical needs of their loved ones while still attending to finances and other personal responsibilities. A recent study ...
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  • Validation of Personal Self-Advocacy Measures for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 12-Aug-2016

    Because an acquired brain injury (ABI) can cause physical, emotional, and cognitive deficits, individuals with ABI may need to seek multiple medical and psychological services during the recovery period. Personal self-advocacy – for example, asserting one’s needs, making necessary appointments, and communicating issues – is important to successfully navigate through these ...
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  • Screening for History of TBI Among Women Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 8-Aug-2016

    Though both genders can experience intimate partner violence (IPV), the vast majority of victims are women. Most injuries caused by IPV are located on the head and face, and up to one fifth of these injuries can be classified as a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). This can cause significant physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments in both the long and short term. A recent study ...
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