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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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  • Correlates of Resilience in the First Five Years after Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 4-Aug-2016

    While physical and cognitive deficits are widely recognized as consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI), some may be unaware of the emotional impact of a TBI in the post-injury period. The ongoing challenges after a TBI can cause a person to plummet into depression, or it can move a person to stand and fight for recovery. Emotional resilience – the personal traits that allow a person to ...
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  • Strategies to Improve Impaired Social Communication after TBI

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 1-Aug-2016

    Social communication abilities are at the heart of an individual’s social competence. When a person sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that impairs social communication abilities, he or she may experience disruptions in employment, family and romantic relationships, and overall social integration. In fact, damage to social communication is actually more predictive of negative life ...
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  • Traumatic Axonal Injury: Relationships Between Lesions in the Early Phase and Diffuse Tensor Imaging Parameters in the Chronic Phase Of Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 25-Jul-2016

    Traumatic axonal injury (TAI), which occurs in the white matter of the brain, is a common consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), damage to the white matter can be classified as nonhemorrhagic or microhemorrhagic, and some DTI parameters such as fractional anisotropy (FA) can assess the degree of diffusion restriction in white matter fibers surrounding ...
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  • Factors Associated with Return To Work in Men & Women With Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 20-Jul-2016

    After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), persisting symptoms can limit an individual’s ability to return to work. Some TBI may even cause functional disability, which may prevent a worker from performing his or her pre-injury work duties. A recent Canadian study examined the relationship between return-to-work (RTW) status and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and ...
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  • Student Athletes' Views on APOE Genotyping for Increased Risk of Poor Recovery after a Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Because sports activities are highly physical, athletes are particularly prone to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In recent years, research has suggested that some athletes experience slow recovery times after TBI, with symptoms persisting for months or even years. While investigating risk factors for slow recovery time, researchers found that the presence of the apolipoprotein (APOE) allele in an ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury in Individuals at High Risk for Psychosis

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 13-Jul-2016

    People who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may experience common psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety, and personality changes. Recent research suggests that TBI may also be a risk factor for less common psychiatric diagnoses, such as psychosis and late-onset development of schizophrenia. However, it has been difficult to conclude if a TBI causes the psychosis or if individuals ...
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  • Investigating Cognition, Behavioral and Metacognition Deficits Of College Students With Acute TBI

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

    A common traumatic brain injury (TBI) is injury of the frontal lobe—a large area in the front of the brain that is susceptible to damage from the sharp, bony ridges that make up the facial bones. The frontal lobe of the brain is responsible for executive functioning, which involves (among many things): Behavioral function Problem solving Self-monitoring Emotional control When these processes ...
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  • A Study to Treat Learning in Traumatic Brain Injury: The TBI-MEM Trial

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

    Approximately 1.6 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. A common consequence of TBI is cognitive dysfunction, which may impair attention, learning and memory, executive function, and attention. These deficits may significantly contribute to a negative personal and work life. There are few interventions that can reliably and effectively improve cognitive ...
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  • Alcohol Intake and Reduced Mortality in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 1-Jul-2016

    The CDC reports that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death in patients under the age of 35, with almost 1,500,000 Americans suffering from a TBI each year. Alcohol and its effects on cognitive function are associated with injuries in general, but alcohol intake may have more specific effects on the brain’s recovery after a trauma. A recent Korean study investigated the ...
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  • Information Regarding Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act

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

    Lately, various traumatic brain injury advocates have assisted in getting the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act further in the U.S. Senate than ever before. Under this bill, a data collection system used to keep track of the occurrences of neurological diseases and brain injuries will be established. Many believe that this progression will allow new therapies to arise, which can ...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Provides Relief for Veterans with TBIs

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

    Recently, Robert McDonald, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs granted equitable relief to well over 24,000 veterans living with traumatic brain injuries. This action came about after a national review of traumatic brain injury medical examinations was conducted in association with disability compensation claims processed between the years 2007 and 2015. This change will allow the VA to offer ...
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