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  • Battle Concussions Tied to Stress Disorder

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2008

    The study is the military's first large-scale effort to gauge the effect of mild head injuries that some experts worry may be causing a host of undiagnosed neurological deficiencies. Read More Here…
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  • BIAA Helps Make Congressional Offices More Accessible

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2008

    Earlier this week, Sen. Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) unveiled, "Guidelines for Assisting Those with Accessibility Needs," a manual designed to make congressional offices more accessible to individuals with disabilities. Through the hard work of Robert Demichelis, BIAA helped provide suggestions for the guide, which was distributed to all House and Senate offices. In a "Dear Colleague" letter introducing ...
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  • Mental Woes Linked to Head Trauma

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2008

    New research suggests that hidden traumatic brain injuries can cause social or educational failure, such as alcoholism or homelessness. If broadly verified, the findings could have a significant impact in dealing with these difficulties. Read More: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120156672297223803.html?mod=hpp_us_pageone
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  • Negotiations Ensue Over Economic Stimulus Package

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2008

    Also this week, negotiations focused on putting together an economic stimulus package, resulting in a bipartisan agreement by the week's end, although the Senate is expected to possibly bring up further amendments during its consideration of the package in coming weeks. BIAA signed on to a coalition letter urging House and Senate leaders to temporarily raise Medicaid reimbursement to states in ...
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  • Senate Passes Revised Defense Authorization Bill

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2008

    On Tuesday, the Senate passed a slightly revised version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986), following House approval of the same bill last week. Important wounded warrior provisions related to TBI care remain unchanged in the new version, which President Bush is expected to sign into law shortly. The revised bill contains new language altering a provision ...
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  • Soldiers’ concussion symptoms tied to stress

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2008

    Traumatic brain injury, often described as the “silent epidemic” of the Iraq war, may be less to blame for soldiers’ symptoms than doctors once thought, contends a provocative military study that suggests post-traumatic stress and depression often play a role. Read More: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22904216/
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  • Studies Cite Head Injuries As Factor in Some Social Ills

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2008

    This recent article focuses on the “Hidden Causes of Social Disorders”, tying social symptoms to traumatic brain and head injuries. Researchers studying brain injury believe they’ve found a common thread running through many cases of seemingly unrelated social problems: a long-forgotten blow to the head. Read more here…
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  • Punitive Damages Shrink as High Court Reins in Trial Lawyers

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jan-2008

    As can be seen in this latest Bloomberg post, the recent changes in punitive damage settlements cases has had a profound impact on civil and tort litigations around the country. From Ford motor company settlements to the Exxon Valdez, this is a watershed moment in the world of serious injury law and civil litigation. Read more here. **************************** Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — A U.S. ...
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  • Finding Alzheimer's Before a Mind Fails

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Jan-2008

    For a perfectly healthy woman, Dianne Kerley has had quite a few medical tests in recent years: M.R.I. and PET scans of her brain, two spinal taps and hours of memory and thinking tests. Ms. Kerley, 52, has spent much of her life in the shadow of an illness that gradually destroys memory, personality and the ability to think, speak and live independently. Her mother, grandmother and a maternal ...
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  • Night at the Opera

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Jan-2008

    A benefit concert for the CALIFORNIA BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION Sunday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center Silicon Valley Auditorium Duets and ensembles from beloved operas: Carmen, La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Bohème, and many more with professional area singers. All proceeds benefit the CALIFORNIA BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION, a non-profit membership organization providing ...
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  • Additional Veterans Health Care Funding Released

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 21-Jan-2008

    President Bush this week approved $3.7 billion in emergency funding for veterans health care which was deemed "contingency" spending in the fiscal 2008 omnibus appropriations bill passed in December. This represents another significant step to improve health care for returning service members and veterans. As a result of this additional funding, the Department of Veterans Affairs' funding for ...
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  • House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Medicaid

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 21-Jan-2008

    This week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held its first hearing of the year focused on the critical importance of Medicaid as a source of health care, including long-term care, for Americans with disabilities. A good deal of the hearing focused on Bush Administration proposed regulations which effectively hold states back from making progress towards ...
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  • Update on FY2008 Defense Authorization Bill Status

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 15-Jan-2008

    House Democratic leaders have scheduled an override vote on President Bush's recent veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 1585) to take place when the House of Representatives returns to session on Tuesday, January 15. Late last month, President Bush unexpectedly vetoed the defense authorization bill over provisions in the bill that would allow plaintiffs in the ...
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  • 8th Annual State of the Art Medical/Legal Conference a Success

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2008

    The 8th Annual State of the Art Medical and Rehabilitative Care in Brain Injury: Clinical and Legal Implications Conference was held at the Silverado Resort in Napa, California on November 16-17, with a fundraising Golf Tournament on November 18th. The conference was hosted in collaboration with the Scarlett Law Group. Conference attendees and speakers traveled to Napa from as far as the east ...
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  • Birth of Brainstormers-ABI Support

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2008

    I had searched high and low for a brain-injury support group for my husband and myself right after the accident, but had come up empty. Why not start one of our own? True, neither of us had ever run a support group before, but we both knew how to run a business meeting. We could start there. It would be one foot in front of the other, the blind leading the blind, but it was the only thing that ...
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  • California Brain Injury Association Joins The Brain Injury Association of America as Chartered State Affiliate

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2008

    California Brain Injury Association’s (CALBIA) application to join the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) as a Chartered State Affili-ate was unanimously approved at the Annual Board of Directors Meeting held on December 7, 2007. The Brain Injury Association of America consists of a nationwide network of more than forty chartered state affiliates who are aligned under a mission to ...
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  • Caregivers Conferences Successful, Despite Lower Than Expected Attendance

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2008

    At the beginning of 2007, the California Brain Injury Association took on the challenge of hosting identical Caregiver Conferences throughout the state. Letters were sent out to support groups and organizations seeking donated meeting space, and assistance with the onsite coordination of the conferences. Each of the onsite coordinators also assisted CALBIA with securing local speakers to present ...
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  • France is healthcare leader, US comes dead last: study

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2008

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – France is tops, and the United States dead last, in providing timely and effective healthcare to its citizens, according to a survey Tuesday of preventable deaths in 19 industrialized countries. The study by the Commonwealth Fund and published in the January/February issue of the journal Health Affairs measured developed countries’ effectiveness at providing timely ...
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  • Legislative Report December 2007

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2008

    by Rick Rollens – Consultant for CALBIA The Legislature will reconvene from its recess on January 7. The $14 billion State Budget deficit will dominate Sacramento for months to come. The Governor will release his proposed 2008-2009 Budget on January 10. It is expected to contain much pain, and little relief. Our efforts continue in a positive direction with the Schwarzeneger Administration ...
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  • Rise in serious head injuries among snowboarders

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2008

    Serious head injuries among alpine skiers and snowboarders have risen over the past 15 years, reveals research in Injury Prevention. The increase has coincided with faster speed and the inclusion of more jumping and acrobatics as the norm in these sports, say the authors. The authors base their findings on a comprehensive international trawl of published research on injuries sustained by mountain ...
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  • Low Impact Head Injury in the Elderly: What is the Appropriate Action?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Jan-2008

    By Thomas A. Sharon, R.N., M.P.H. and Joel Passick, M.D., J.D. (guest co-author) 305-866-2858 Head trauma is a frequent adverse occurrence in hospitals and nursing homes. When it results in subdural hematoma it is a time factor injury. In other words, there is a narrow window of time during which there is a single opportunity to save the patients life or prevent catastrophic brain damage. ...
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  • Brain-injured War Veterans Show A Faster Decline In Cognitive Functioning As They Age

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 4-Jan-2008

    ScienceDaily (Dec. 19, 2007) - A study of Vietnam war veterans who suffered brain injuries during the conflict has found that the men show a faster decline in their cognitive functioning as they grow older than veterans without such injuries. Published in the journal Brain [1] , the study has found that the rate of decline can be predicted by how intelligent the veterans were before they were ...
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  • Medicare Package Includes Important Rehabilitation Provisions

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 4-Jan-2008

    Congress approved a Medicare "extenders" bill this week, which includes three significant rehabilitation provisions that have been legislative priorities this year for BIAA: Medicare's 75 Percent Rule on inpatient rehabilitation, Medicare outpatient therapy caps, and the pending regulation on Medicaid's Rehabilitation Services Option. Although the primary focus of the bill was to avert a 10 ...
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  • Omnibus Appropriations Bill Passes, Including Funding for TBI Programs

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 4-Jan-2008

    On Wednesday, December 19, the House cleared an omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 2764), sending it on to the President, who is expected to sign it as soon as today. This omnibus spending bill includes funding for the 11 remaining FY2008 appropriations bills not yet enacted into law this year, and matches President Bush's proposed spending limit of $933 billion for all FY2008 discretionary ...
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