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  • Hearing loss prevalent in traumatic head injury

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

    Hearing loss in head injury poses a difficult problem-patients are sometimes unaware of their hearing problems because of cognitive impairment, and others may mistake their hearing loss as a memory or communication problem. It has long been known that hearing loss is common in head injury, and yet it is not always properly diagnosed. Direct damage can occur to the middle and inner ear, or by ...
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  • Aggression in TBI not associated with substance abuse or a history of behavioral problems

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

    Aggressive behavior after traumatic brain injury, whether it comes in the form of physical or verbal expressions, can interfere with family life, rehabilitation, and recovery. Prevention of aggressive behavior after traumatic brain injury is important, and yet how exactly aggressive behavior was related to injury had not previously been explored. A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins School of ...
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  • Forgetting to remember: Prospective memory and TBI

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

    Whether you promise to pick up milk after work, or you make doctor's appointment for the next day, a little post-it note forms in your mind to remind you of the task. And hopefully, that post-it note will signal you to remember that task at the right time. This process of remembering to remember is called prospective memory. And it's commonly impaired in people with traumatic brain injury. ...
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  • Injury to the thalamus and its connections related to cognitive deficits.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 15-Feb-2010

    Approximately the size and shape of a big egg, the thalamus is located deep and somewhat center in the brain. Thick projections of white matter connect the thalamus to other areas of the brain, which is why the thalamus to often referred to as a "relay system" of the brain, or in simpler terms, "Grand Central Station." Therefore, when the thalamus or its many connections are damaged through direct ...
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  • NFL football player with spinal cord injury recovers with hypothermia

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 15-Feb-2010

    Complete spinal cord injuries do not often occur in professional sports, but they can produce devastating results when they do. Although the primary injury is serious, a substantial amount of damage occurs during the secondary response to the injury. Much research has focused on reducing this secondary response, by slowing inflammation, cell death, or bleeding. One treatment that has been proven ...
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  • Carbon monoxide poisoning after hurricanes

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

    Power outages can continue for several days after a disastrous storm. Many people who live in hurricane-prone areas prepare their household by keeping a portable generator on hand to maintain refrigeration and air temperature, or for powering electronic or entertainment devices. However, improper use of these generators can lead to an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. A recent study ...
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  • Changes in residence after traumatic brain injury

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

    A change in residence also represents dramatic financial, social, and emotional changes in the lives of survivors of traumatic brain injury. The long-term effects of residence changes had not been previously been examined, but was important in order to properly anticipate the evolving needs of patients and families. A collaborative effort of researchers in the United States recently analyzed these ...
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  • Sudden cardiac death and stroke in TBI patients taking antipsychotics

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

    It is generally acknowledged that antipsychotic drugs can slow cognitive and motor recovery in patients with traumatic brain injury. Recent studies have shown that antipsychotic use is also associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death and stroke. A commentary by Mel Glenn, MD was recently published in the Journal of Cognitive Rehabilitation, which stated that "Each of the 6 frequently ...
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  • The effect of motorcycle helmet laws on brain injury and fatality

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

    In 1997, Texas implemented a law that made motorcycle helmets optional for motorcycle operators and passengers (age 21 or older). Past research, however, has consistently shown that wearing a protective helmet during a motorcycle accident increases survival rates and decreases the chance of brain injury and fatality. This year, a research report from the University of Arkansas outlined the trends ...
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  • Brain Injury Awareness Day

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

    March 17, 2010: Sports and Concussion The Brain Injury Association of America encourages state affiliate leaders and advocates across the country to participate in Brain Injury Awareness Day at events hosted by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force on Capitol Hill. Schedule of Events: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Brain Injury Awareness Fair First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building ...
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