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  • How Survivors of Childhood TBI Transition To Adulthood

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

    A recent longitudinal study has analyzed the outcomes of employment, secondary education, and independent living for survivors of childhood traumatic brain injury when they transition into adulthood. They wanted to address not only how the young adults fared in each category, but also if there were any specific variables that affected outcome. Some of their results were: Higher socioeconomic ...
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  • Depression has "additive effect" on mTBI symptoms

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Aug-2010

    Symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury, such as sleep disorders, memory impairment or attention problems, can overlap symptoms of depression. In the forensic setting, the distinction between symptoms of mTBI and depression is a critical one, but diagnostic mistakes can easily be made. Recently, a study comparing mTBI patients with depression, mTBI patients without depression, and uninjured ...
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  • QEEG in recovery after sports-related brain injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Aug-2010

    Recovery from sports-related injury is an issue made complex by the pressure to return the patient to their game. However, we now know that injured brains have a vulnerable window of time in which they can be more susceptible to recurring injury. Traditional tests of recovery include the subsiding of symptoms and improved performance in neurocognitive assessment. However, a recent study using ...
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  • Visual tracking is a practical screening tool for mTBI

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Aug-2010

    A common feature of mild traumatic brain injury is damage to the white matter tracts that connect one part of the brain to another, or diffuse axonal injury (DAI). DAI is difficult to see in the traditional CT or MRI scans, and while it can be detected using newer technology such as diffusion tensor imaging, these technologies are not yet in clinical practice. A research team recently hypothesized ...
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  • A clinical test to help decide whether to order a CT scan or not

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 17-Aug-2010

    S100B is a type of protein found in neurons, as well as other cells outside of the brain. Its role seems to depend on its concentration. Low levels of S100B are found in healthy brains, indicating a supportive role when in low quantity. Levels of S100B rise considerably after brain injury, and may involve a toxic effect to the brain (this is still being studied, however). A recent study looked at ...
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  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) improves spasticity after spinal cord injury.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Aug-2010

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) involves a coil that is applied against the head in order to send weak electrical pulses to the brain. These electrical pulses can temporarily activate or disrupt brain activity. Repetitive TMS (rTMS) involves continuous electrical pulses to the brain and can create long-term changes in the brain. Recently, rTMS was used in a study to treat spasticity ...
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  • BIAA August 6 Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 4-Aug-2010

    Dear Advocates, Look for a special appropriations edition of Policy Corner this Friday, August 6, 2010. BIAA will be analyzing the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education committee report this week and will alert grassroots advocates on Friday regarding the funding status of TBI programs. Also, this afternoon, the Senate opted to postpone a vote on an amendment which would extend ...
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  • Factors in the delay of returning to work after spinal cord injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Aug-2010

    There are various factors that influence how and when a spinal cord injury patient returns to work-such as type of pre-injury employment, amount of family support, or years of education. A recent study focused on the factors that influenced the length of delay between the time of injury and the first post-injury job. The results of this study found that returning to work for the same employer as ...
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  • Implicit and explicit memory in traumatic brain injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Aug-2010

    Memory is a difficult concept to define. To remember something requires the complex processing of information such as time, place, emotions, or sensory input (sight, smell, sound, touch), in order have the ability to re-create that information at a later time. Scientists have long tried to define memory by using models to describe this process, but some of the most useful memory models have been ...
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  • World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL-BREF) assessment for spinal cord injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Aug-2010

    A high level quality of life is considered the ultimate goal in rehabilitation efforts for spinal cord injury patients. But, quality of life can be difficult to determine because of its subjective nature. A recent review of quality of life assessment tools found that the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL-BREF) assessment was the most consistently promising tool for predicting ...
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  • Senate Appropriations Committee to Consider Labor/HHS Draft Bill this Thursday! Tell your Senators to Bolster Funds for Brain Injury Programs

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 1-Aug-2010

    On Thursday July 29, 2010, the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a draft version of a Fiscal Year 2011 Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) bill. Contained in the bill will be provisions important to people with brain injury including programs authorized through the TBI Act as well as the TBI Model Systems of Care program. It is essential that these ...
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