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  • Understanding the MRI: What Does It Measure and is it Reliable?

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

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a key tool for understanding neurological functions, from diagnosing patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to investigating the role of speech and language in the brain. The functional MRI (fMRI), which measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow, is now widely used to study linguistic processes in particular. Because these complex ...
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  • Common Core State Standards for Children with TBI

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 28-Nov-2016

    Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have promoted the importance of expository texts at all grade levels and across subject fields. This may pose challenges for students with language difficulties – a common symptom of traumatic brain injury (TBI) – across all domains of perception, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learning-disabled children may struggle with the ...
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  • Communication in Children After TBI: Does Use of Symbols and Signs Affect Emotional Processing?

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

    Active and athletic children are particularly prone to sustaining traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can result in a number of cognitive and behavioral deficits, and language impairment. Previous research has suggested that the development of language and emotional competence are related in children who use speech. However, there are few such studies involving children with cognitive disabilities ...
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  • Think Differently About Traumatic Brain Injury: Tips for Daily Living

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 18-Nov-2016

    Blows to the head can occur from a myriad of circumstances. True, not all blows to the head will result in a brain injury, but even a “hard hit” to the head that leaves someone momentarily dazed or with headaches following soon after the hit can disrupt thinking skills for a short period of time. And, repeated blows like this may result in cumulative effects that can affect thinking ...
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  • Exploring Factors Influencing Occupational Therapists' Perception of Patients' Rehabilitation Potential After Acquired Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 15-Nov-2016

    When formulating a treatment plan for patients who have experienced acquired brain injury (ABI), rehabilitation professionals are encouraged to screen individual patient traits to determine which services they require. However, not much has been studied about the specific role of occupational therapists in this screening process. A recent Canadian study explored the factors that influence ...
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  • Methane-Rich Saline Treatment for Carbon Monoxide-Related Brain Injury

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

    Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is one of the most lethal and harmful non-traumatic brain injuries, and up to 40% of survivors will experience long-term complications. Researchers have found that the dangerous drop in blood oxygen levels that patients experience during CO poisoning can directly damage brain tissue, usually caused by inflammation or necrosis (cell death). In current clinical ...
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  • Don't Save Me, Then Leave Me: Families Must Pick Up Where The Hospital Stops

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 7-Nov-2016

    More and more people are surviving brain injury because of great advances in medicine and technology. Many war veterans, athletes, or members of the general public have, through terrible tragedy, personally discovered the paradoxical strength and fragility of the mysterious human brain. But soon after leaving the hospital, both TBI survivors and their families discover that there is a deficiency ...
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  • Reading as a Nursing Intervention for Agitation in Patients with Anoxic Brain Injury

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

    After experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), some patients may exhibit symptoms of agitation. If these symptoms (such as impulsivity, aggression, and restlessness) are not appropriately treated, patients may be at higher risk of injury from falling, sedation, or use of restraints. However, tending to the needs of agitated patients can place strain on nursing staff, who must spend additional ...
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  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI): Symptoms Without Evidence

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

    Though mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), such as concussions, are common among soldiers and athletes, diagnosing them – especially if time has elapsed between injury and treatment – can be difficult. Many patients experience the neurological deficits associated with mTBI without physical evidence of injury via brain imaging. For instance, nearly 70% of the brain’s sensory ...
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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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