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  • Brain Plasticity And Traumatic Brain Injury: Implications For Recovery

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

    It is now so well known that the brain is plastic (has the capacity to change structurally and functionally), that it is almost difficult to remember how we once believed that the brain was essentially fixed and unchangeable. But what does brain plasticity mean? What are its implications for recovery after brain injury ? Here are some basic principles of brain plasticity: 1. But what does brain ...
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  • Underwater Treadmill Training For Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

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

    One difficulty of rehabilitation after an incomplete spinal cord injury is that bearing weight during gait training can fatigue and discourage the patient. Some attempts to counter this challenge have been made by using a harness while the patient walks on a treadmill. However, the harness can be uncomfortable and damage skin in patients with reduced sensation. A new method using an underwater ...
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  • Multisensory Rehabilitation More Effective For Cognition Than Traditional Therapies For TBI

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

    A recent animal study used repeated sensory and motor stimulation within an enriched environment (plenty of space, lots of toys, a quiet place to rest) to show that a multisensory environment is significantly more effective than traditional rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. Positive effects were found in both cognitive and motor skills. The researchers found that an intensive program of ...
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  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid (DHA) Prevents Brain Injury.

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

    There has been research supporting the use of omega-3 supplements after a brain injury, as well as research for the use of omega-3 supplements to prevent brain diseases such as Alzheimers. Until recently, however, it has not been shown that omega-3 supplements taken as a preventative measure could also reduce damage caused by brain injury. A recent animal study has shown that omega-3 fatty acid ...
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  • Differences In Concussion Testing Between African American and White Athletes

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 23-Dec-2010

    The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment Cognitive Test (ImPACT) is a software program that assesses neurocognitive function after a concussion. It has been promoted as a more sensitive, easier-to-use test than traditional pen and paper assessments, and it has become commonly used by sports medicine professionals. Past research has found differences in test scores between African American and ...
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  • Spinal Cord Injury Patients Who Do Not Respond to Conventional Treatment May Have Restless Leg Syndrome

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 23-Dec-2010

    Spasticity and pain are common symptoms after spinal cord injury, and usually respond well to drug treatment. However, some patients do not respond well, creating a difficulty in reaching an accurate diagnosis and treatment program. Recently, researchers found that closer scrutiny of patients who did not respond to conventional treatment often fulfilled the criteria for restless legs syndrome. ...
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  • Anoxic Versus Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Comparison of Outcomes

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 21-Dec-2010

    Anoxic brain injury results when the brain is deprived of oxygen for a sustained amount of time-such as in cardiac arrest, carbon monoxide poisoning, or encephalopathies. The resulting damage is spread throughout the brain and can cause a great number of cognitive and physical impairments. Research in anoxic brain injury is not as abundant as research in traumatic brain injury. In theory, the ...
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  • Growth Hormone Replacement and Cognition After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 21-Dec-2010

    Growth hormone deficiency is a common problem after traumatic brain injury (due to damage to the pituitary gland). Growth hormone is important to brain functioning, and to the health of the hippocampus in particular. Since the hippocampus is involved in cognitive abilities such as memory and learning, it has been shown that a growth hormone deficiency can also compromise memory and learning. A ...
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  • Age at Time of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Impacts Memory Impairment

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Dec-2010

    Explicit memories are those that that we are conscious of: the vivid recollection of a specific event or knowing not only a fact, but also when and where you learned it. The ability to consciously recollect an event or fact doesn't usually fully develop until we are about 6-12 years old. Implicit memory, on the other hand, describes learning that is unconscious: the repetition of a procedure (such ...
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  • Interviewing method influences how patients report mild TBI symptoms

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Dec-2010

    There are two ways to determine an mTBI patient's symptoms. One way is to ask patients to talk freely about symptoms and record their spontaneous responses. Another way is to administer a questionnaire that lists the typical symptoms of mTBI, and to ask the patient to check as many as apply. A recent study found that mTBI patients who completed a symptom questionnaire reported significantly more ...
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  • Very long-term outcomes after traumatic brain injury.

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

    Symptoms related to memory, thinking, physical and emotional health often persist after mild and moderate traumatic brain injury. However, these symptoms may persist longer than previously thought. A recent study found that TBI patients continued to report symptoms for an average of 29 years after their injury. Although certain symptoms may persist for many years, the study found that improvement ...
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  • Appropriations Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 13-Dec-2010

    This week the Senate remained deadlocked on possible appropriations solutions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. While many Republicans are in favor of another short-term continuing resolution, Democrats have two options on the table. The first would cover government programs for the rest of the FY11, as passed by the House, largely at FY10 levels, with some extra funding for the Health and Human Services ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update, December 2010

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 13-Dec-2010

    At the request of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) began undertaking a study that will make recommendations on the criteria and methods for determining and updating the essential health benefits package, which was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act. Recently, to help obtain public input, IOM asked for stakeholder comment in answering the ...
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  • Appropriations Update, December 2010

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Dec-2010

    Although Democrats would like to move a Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 omnibus appropriations package this year, it seems likely that another continuing resolution (CR) will be needed. The current CR expires on December 3, 2010 and Republicans feel that a long-term extension measure of Fiscal Year 2010 spending levels is necessary in order to come to an agreement on FY2011 funding. BIAA will monitor the ...
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  • Sports and Concussion

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Dec-2010

    As many of you know, BIAA was one of the leading organizations working with Congressmen Pascrell and Platts on the original draft of the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act, (ConTACT, HR1347) in 2008. The bill has truly come a long way. On September 8, 2010, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health held a field hearing regarding the ConTACT Act (HR 1347) in Newark, NJ ...
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  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Long-term Plan

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

    During the August recess, as a follow up to a meeting held on June 15, 2010, representatives from HRSA and various TBI stakeholders held a teleconference to plan work on a long-term plan for the Federal TBI Program and also to discuss possible changes to the TBI Act come reauthorization in 2012. HRSA, BIAA and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) have begun to ...
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  • State Medicaid Funding

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

    In August, Congress approved a $26.1 billion state-aid package (HR 1586) that extends enhanced federal Medicaid funding to states through June, 2011. The enhanced funding was originally authorized by the economic stimulus law and, as a result, bolstered the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) through Dec. 31, 2010. Because December is halfway through the fiscal year for states and a ...
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  • Appropriations Update

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

    On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, the House of Representatives passed a measure to keep the federal government running on FY2010 funding levels until December 18, 2010. As many of you remember, the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires today, December 3, 2010. This extension gives Congress a few more weeks to negotiate a final fiscal year 2011 spending plan. BIAA will continue to monitor the ...
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