• Traumatic Brain Injury and Social Skills: What You Need to Know as a Caregiver

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

    As a caregiver for someone with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) , you have probably noticed not only cognitive changes in the person you are caring for, such as problems with attention, concentration, and memory, but also changes in social skills. Social skills include conversational skills, recognition of social cues, and management of emotions. The person with a TBI may: Have difficulty ...
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  • Role of Anticonvulsants in the Management of Posttraumatic Epilepsy

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

    Posttraumatic seizures (PTS) are a common and major problem associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) because of the secondary damages they can produce in the brain. Anticonvulsant medications, which can reduce brain damage by preventing early seizures, are a typical treatment for seizures in general, but their role in treating posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) is unclear. A recent literature review ...
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  • Lamotrigine Treatment for Agitation Following Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Of the estimated 1.4 million people who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year, up to 60% experience long-term neurobehavioral deficits—which can include problems with memory, attention, and reduced processing speed, but also problems such as paranoia, abnormal thinking, and limited social and emotional processing skills. These cognitive outcomes pose serious ...
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  • Behavioral Outcomes Differ between Rotational Acceleration and Blast Mechanisms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Mild traumatic brain injury may be caused by different mechanisms such as direct impact, head rotational acceleration, blast exposure, and penetration by projectile objects. The cause of an mTBI is important because the cause often affects the severity and persistency of cognitive outcomes. A recent animal study assessed the relationship between the cause of an mTBI (in this case, blast injury ...
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  • Assessing the Relationship between Neurocognitive Performance and Brain Volume in Chronic Moderate-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    In recent past, traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been considered a single event in which the effects are static (stay the same), even following rehabilitation. However, current research indicates that TBI may be a long-term condition with long-lasting cognitive deficits that may actually worsen over time. These consequences may include continued atrophy of grey and white matter, resulting in ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Age at Onset of Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

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

    Older adults are at a higher risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to falls or other accidents. People who suffer from TBI frequently have cognitive issues such as problems with memory, attention, and learning. When the older adult struggles with degenerative cognitive declines, such as from Alzheimer’s disease, and then acquires a TBI, the combination may pose exacerbate the cognitive ...
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  • Developing Goals for Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 24-Mar-2016

    After a traumatic brain injury, developing goals in a rehabilitative setting can feel like a daunting task. You might wonder if you will ever get back to your “normal” self and may even have trouble remembering exactly who you were before your accident or injury. Your rehabilitation team can and will help you find a place to start. Whether it’s your physician, physical therapist, ...
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  • Outcomes and Recovery of Social Problems after Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral impairments in the long term. Social impairment after the TBI is often a significant consequence, as childhood is a vital window for acquiring social skills and maintaining healthy peer relationships. A recent study found that long-term social and behavioral problems in children with TBI are associated ...
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  • How Common are Thyroid Disorders after Childhood TBI?

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

    Neuroendocrine dysfunction is a common consequence that can progress from several months to years after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI sustained in childhood is often associated with disorders such as hypopituitarism and abnormalities in thyroid function later in life. As a result of the time lapse between the injury and a neuroendocrine diagnosis, it can be difficult to connect a cause and ...
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  • Join Scarlett Law Group at Friday's "Over the Edge" Event

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

    The Scarlett Law Group is going “over the edge” for the Brain Injury Association of California! We invite you to join us at the Over the Edge for Brain Injury event, sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of California, which will take place this Friday, March 18, 2016. During the event, which will be held at the Residence Inn by Marriott at Capitol Park, 76 participants will rappel ...
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  • Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a pervasive problem among children and adolescents, with approximately 1 in 30 experiencing a TBI by age 16. Pediatric TBI is associated with a variety of long-term physical, behavioral, and cognitive complications. Delays in skills acquisition and peer interaction may cause children with TBI to fall behind, as compared to their friends and schoolmates. A recent ...
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  • Positive Psychology and Vocational Rehabilitation after TBI

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 10-Mar-2016

    The impairments in cognitive, emotional, and social functioning often caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) can negatively impact an individual’s ability to return to work successfully. Return to work rates after TBI are remarkably low, leaving in question the effectiveness of existing vocational rehabilitation practices. A recent study proposes that positive psychology, a process of ...
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  • Processing Speed May Worsen Working Memory Problems in Pediatric TBI

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

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for approximately 30% of injuries among children. Vital mental capacities such as processing speed and working memory develop rapidly during childhood and may be disrupted by TBI, adversely affecting children’s learning and comprehension capabilities. A recent study in Texas found that children who had experienced TBI in the past performed more poorly on ...
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  • Don't Miss the Upcoming BIACAL Concussion Symposium

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 29-Feb-2016

    As San Francisco brain injury lawyers, we have seen firsthand how dramatically a life can change after a serious accident. With hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering brain injuries every year, we believe that the work of organizations like BIACAL is extremely important. In an effort to spread public awareness of concussion, the most common type of brain injury, BIACAL is hosting an ...
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  • Pain Management After Traumatic Brain Injury (Part 2)

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

    Treating pain for people with TBI can be tricky. Pain should be treated aggressively and sufficiently, but not to the point that the recovering brain becomes groggy and confused. Aggressive pain management immediately following a TBI will have a positive effect on overall patient recovery, while a distracted brain (i.e., one consumed by pain) is one that does not recover well. Your doctor will ...
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