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  • Functional imaging of carbon monoxide poisoning

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Apr-2010

    Carbon monoxide poisoning involves the colorless, odorless gas that comes from engine exhausts, furnaces, or other gas-powered equipment. People who survive carbon monoxide poisoning experience initial symptoms such as headache, nausea and confusion, but often patients will experience a carbon monoxide encephalopathy several days later. This results in a subtle, but often permanent, set of ...
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  • Hyperglycemia can indicate traumatic brain injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Apr-2010

    The release of stress hormones (such as cortisol or norepinephrine) after a traumatic injury can induce stress hyperglycemia. Past research has shown that this state of elevated glucose has been related to increased medical complications and mortality rates. A recent study from New York verified that serum glucose levels were useful in distinguishing major from minor traumatic injury at admission. ...
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  • Increased risk of mortality in severe traumatic brain injury with improper ventilation

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Apr-2010

    Hyperventilation (with a mechanical ventilator or a manual bag valve mask, for instance) can be a life-saving treatment in the early stages of traumatic brain injury. Although hyperventilation can reduce intracranial pressure and reduce mortality rates, improper ventilation can lead to adverse outcomes. A recent study considered the hyperventilation guidelines from the Brain Trauma Foundation and ...
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  • Spinal cord injury trends in skimboarding

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 30-Apr-2010

    Skimboarding is a popular water sport that involves "skimming" a wave from shore to ocean. As it has become more competitive and extreme, the risk of injury has increased. Past medical research has shown an increase in fractures and sprains, but a recent study has shown that there is also a significant risk of spinal cord injury. In a series of case studies from Emory University in Georgia, ...
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  • Health Care Reform Becomes Law

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 27-Apr-2010

    On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). One week later, he signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4972). Together, these laws represent the most sweeping health care reforms in U.S. history. The laws dramatically expand coverage and provide important consumer protections. They also expand Medicaid ...
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  • The Weekly Flash

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 27-Apr-2010

    The Top Things State Affiliates Need To Know For the Week of April 26, 2010 Health Care Reform Laws Memo Reminder - Last week a key memo from Susan H. Connors, President/CEO, regarding health care reform laws was circulated to all Chartered State Affiliates. This memorandum describes the most important reforms for individuals with brain injury and explains the critical role played by the Brain ...
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  • A clinical test for mild traumatic brain injury in children

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Apr-2010

    Serum S-100B is a type of protein that is related to glial cells (a type of cell that helps regulate and support neurons). Past studies have shown that an increase in S-100B is a sensitive indicator of brain injury in adults. Evaluating mild traumatic brain injury is difficult in any situation, but it is especially so with children. There are increased complications with obtaining a CT scan, and ...
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  • Depression that occurs after mild traumatic brain injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Apr-2010

    Although it is not completely understood why, cases of mild traumatic brain injury are more often associated with new-onset depression than those of moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries. Studies have shown that rates of depression prior to injury are associated with rates of depression after injury, but the risk factors for those who have never experienced depression prior to the injury ...
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  • California Brain Injury Association Initial Opening Position Paper

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-Apr-2010

    STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM Brain injury constitutes a major public health threat in California. The number of people who sustain brain injury each year in California is estimated to exceed 222,000 per year. These numbers do not include between 144,000 to 342,000 sports-related concussions estimated to occur in California each year. Approximately 52,250 children in California sustain a brain injury ...
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  • The ketogenic diet and traumatic brain injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-Apr-2010

    A ketogenic diet (high fat, low protein and carbohydrates) can make significant changes to the way the brain metabolizes energy. It is well known that the ketogenic diet can reduce seizure activity, and more recent research has suggested that it also increases neuroprotective effects in brain injury. In one animal study, the administration of a ketogenic diet after traumatic brain injury showed a ...
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  • A more efficient application of the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory in mild traumatic brain injury.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Apr-2010

    Post-concussive syndrome, or mild traumatic brain injury, often presents as a complex tangle of symptoms. Untangling these symptoms into more precise and reliable categories has been a challenge for both researchers and clinicians. In research, having reliable categories of symptoms would help to better differentiate those who are injured and those who are not. When research results are more ...
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  • Diffuse axonal injury and the corpus callosum in pediatric brain injury patients

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Apr-2010

    Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) describes damage to the axon of a neuron. Axons are covered in white, fatty matter that helps to quickly relay messages back and forth, and the major region of the brain that is dense with this white matter is called the corpus callosum. As such, the corpus callosum is the most vulnerable to damage from DAI. Recently, a team of UCLA researchers studied the long-term ...
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