• Are Your Children Really Safe on the Playground?

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 21-Nov-2015

    During the fall, the playground can be a great place to take the whole family. Mom and dad can sip on hot cocoa while the kids make friends and play on the swing sets, jungle gyms, and slides. However, it is important to consider the safety of your children when taking them to park. Unfortunately, playground accidents may be more common than you think. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention ...
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  • Can Heading a Soccer Ball Cause a Brain Injury?

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 9-Nov-2015

    Recently, an article published by Scientific American™ explained the danger of athletes heading soccer balls, stating this maneuver can cause severe damage to a person’s brain. Researchers believe heading a ball can cause neurodegenerative problems such as loss of structure or function of neurons and even death of neurons. Of course, this can be extremely damaging to a person since ...
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  • Brain Injuries Caused from Falling Objects

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Sep-2015

    Many people acknowledge the obvious causes of traumatic brain injuries, some of which include car, sports, and slip and fall accidents. However, many people fail to notice the other causes of TBIs that may occur, such as those caused by falling objects. In the worst cases, these kinds of accidents can lead to severe harm and even a fatality. While some TBIs are undeniable due the severity of ...
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  • Santa Anita Park Hosting Walk & Ride for Brain Injury Event

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Aug-2015

    The Brain Injury Association of California will be hosting the Eighth Annual Walk & Ride for Brain Injury event on Saturday, September 12 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. Founded in 2005, the Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL), an affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), strives to improve the quality of life of Californians affected by brain injuries by ...
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  • Spinal Cord Stimulation May Help Treat Chronic Pain

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Mar-2015

    Chronic pain is common after a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, and it can be difficult to treat as it typically involves an abnormal delivery of pain messages from the nerves to the brain. Spinal cord stimulation reduces this abnormal delivery of messages, therefore reducing the sensation and perception of pain. Spinal cord stimulation involves a device that transmits an electrical current, ...
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  • Brain-Stem Neurons More Resistant to Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Mar-2015

    A person who endures a severe traumatic brain injury or other serious situations such as heart failure or near drowning, will sometimes fall into a persistent vegetative state. The persistent vegetative state is a disorder of consciousness in which the patient is awake, but unaware or unconscious. This occurs as a result of damage to neurons in higher-level areas of the brain, which are important ...
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  • Lifetime Brain Injury Risk

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Mar-2015

    Experiencing one traumatic brain injury increases a persons lifetime brain injury risk-partly because the person is often involved in an activity that puts him at an increased risk for brain injury in general, such as military combat or certain sports. Each instance of traumatic brain injury makes a person more susceptible to increased damage and long-term complications. When assessing a person's ...
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  • Emotional Blindness After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Mar-2015

    Alexithymia is the inability to identify, understand, and express feelings. People with alexithymia tend to have a flat reaction to emotions, and can be hypersensitive to physical sensations-often attributing their emotions to a perceived physical problem. Anxiety sensitivity is similar in that it describes the fear of experiencing anxiety. People with anxiety sensitivity tend to attribute ...
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  • Severe TBI May Permanently Impair Driving

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 2-Mar-2015

    The decision to return to driving after a moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury is a difficult one. The skills required to drive safely, such as concentration, problem-solving, reaction time, and anger management, can frequently be impaired as a result of a brain injury. Past research has found that higher scores in certain neuro-psychological assessments (i.e., Trail-Making Test) can help ...
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  • Doctors Lack Tools to Assess Self-Awareness After TBI

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 27-Feb-2015

    Doctors and rehabilitation professionals understand that a person's ability to be accurately aware of his abilities and challenges is frequently impaired after a moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury. It is also well understood that impaired self-awareness can become a barrier to rehabilitation and recovery. Despite this understanding, however, clinicians still find it challenging to diagnose ...
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  • Self-awareness May Be Impaired For Years After TBI

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Feb-2015

    Having accurate insight and self-awareness of one's own abilities and challenges is important for recovery, daily functioning, and return to work or school after a traumatic brain injury. Impaired self-awareness is frequently associated with a self-reported high quality of life, satisfaction and mood. When comparing the traumatic brain injury survivor's self-ratings to their significant other's, ...
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  • New Tool for Better Assessment of Executive Functioning

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 25-Feb-2015

    One of the more common effects of a traumatic brain injury is a deficit in executive functioning, which includes skills such as maintaining attention, goal planning, or problem solving. Having poor executive functioning can become a major challenge in daily life. However, the clinical assessment of executive function often does not uncover the complex problems that can occur in real-world ...
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  • Predicting Outcome After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Feb-2015

    Assessing the outcome of a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can be a controversial subject, with the assessment of symptoms being mostly reliant on the patient's self-report. Past research has identified several contributing factors to outcome after mTBI, including prior psychiatric or psychological history, prior concussion, or the extent of social support. Some people who ...
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  • Social Work Intervention May Help Recovery After mTBI

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 23-Feb-2015

    People who suffer a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) sometimes experience long-term symptoms and complications, but do frequently do not have access to appropriate care and follow-up. The SWIFT (Social Work Intervention for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) is a pilot study to test the effectiveness of an intervention of education at the emergency department, follow-up and referrals to people who ...
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  • Weakness and Difficulty Walking After Mild TBI

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Feb-2015

    The corticoreticular pathway (CRP) is known to be critical for posture and the ability to walk. Only until recently has the CRP been physically identified. Using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), researchers mapped the CRP from the premotor cortex, through the midbrain, to the corticospinal tract. Injury to the CRP can cause weakness in the proximal muscles, and a difficulty with walking and ...
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