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  • Children who are slow to recover from sports-related concussion need specialized rehabilitation

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

    Some children and adolescents who suffer from a sports-related concussion may recover more slowly than adults. Therefore, clinical professionals have long recommended that rehabilitation programs specific for children be developed. The Montreal Children's Hospital Trauma Programs developed a set of guidelines specific for children, called the Montreal Children's Hospital Rehabilitation After ...
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  • Long-term consequences of traumatic brain injury: A review of social, cognitive, neurological, and psychiatric outcomes

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

    It is recognized that survivors of traumatic brain injury have to cope with numerous life challenges. The growing concern for the number of veterans returning with a brain injury has prompted a tremendous influx of research. These new studies contribute to the understanding of brain injury in both civilian and military populations. The Institute of Medicine recently created a Committee on Gulf War ...
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  • Sleeping drug impairs recovery after traumatic brain injury

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

    Insomnia is common after traumatic brain injury and many survivors rely on medication to get to sleep. However, animal studies and studies of healthy individuals show that the use of benzodiazepines (a commonly prescribed sleep aid) reduces cognition, interferes with neural plasticity, and slows recovery. Therefore, many clinicians have discouraged the use of benzodiazepines in traumatic brain ...
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  • Measuring apathy after traumatic brain injury: Two assessment scales

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jan-2010

    Apathy is defined as indifference, or a reduced emotional, cognitive, and behavioral state. Apathy is common after traumatic brain injury-somewhere between half and three-quarters of brain injury survivors show signs of it. Apathy is related to frontal lobe and limbic system damage, both of which are common areas of injury. However, apathy can be difficult to detect. Cognitive impairment, ...
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  • What can stem cells do for spinal cord injury?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jan-2010

    One of the major consequences of spinal cord injury is death of neurons after the injury and the inability of surviving neurons to regenerate and repair their connections. This secondary injury can continue for even years after the incident and much research has been focused on promoting regeneration. A recent animal study evaluated the benefit of cord blood stem cells injected into the injured ...
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  • What happens to the brain after electrical injury?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jan-2010

    Even when the head is not in direct contact with an electrical power source, head injuries can occur by means of an electrical surge to the peripheral nervous system (from contact to an extremity such as arm or leg). Electrical injury survivors often show mental deficits and slowed motor skills as a result of the secondary head injury. Although the effect of electrical injury on cognitive ...
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  • What predicts short and long term quality of life after spinal cord injury?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jan-2010

    Quality of life describes a person's sense of satisfaction in life and the ability to enjoy normal activities. Spinal cord injury may have tremendous impact on a person's quality of life in general, and the specific factors that contribute most to quality of life were not previously well known. Additionally, it was not known if a person's perception of quality of life after the injury changed over ...
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  • Grassroots: BIAA Policy Corner E

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Jan-2010

    This week has been a critical one for Health Care Reform. As many of you may know, there was a special election held in Massachusetts this week to replace the late Senator Kennedy. The winner of the election is speculated to throw off the Senate voting pattern to derail final passage of the health care bill. BIAA attended several meetings this week with House lawmakers that simply are unsure about ...
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  • Clinical exam and CT scan recommended…

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 19-Jan-2010

    In the trauma center, a common approach to diagnosing cervical spine injury is the clinical exam and, if needed, an additional plain radiograph. However, plain radiologic screening has a high false negative rate (the chance of missing an actual injury). The CT scan has been considered a much more sensitive tool for the diagnosis of cervical spine injury. Researchers from the Department of Surgery ...
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  • Women and traumatic brain injury.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 19-Jan-2010

    Women are more likely to be depressed in the early stages of traumatic brain injury. An article by Michigan researchers in The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing recently reported that women are more likely than men to suffer from depression after traumatic brain injury. Additionally, women are more likely than men to have post-traumatic difficulties with memory, communication, body pains, and ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update, January 2010

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

    On December 24, 2009, the Senate advanced its version of health care reform, opening the doors for negotiation with the House to reconcile differences between the two bills. This week, negotiators worked to arrive at an agreement in principle to meld the bills, in the hope that a product be brought to the House floor this month. (CQ) BIAA continues to fight to preserve several provisions from the ...
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  • Attorney Randall H. Scarlett of San Francisco Testifies Before the California Senate Health Committee

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 14-Jan-2010

    San Francisco-based trial lawyer Randall H. Scarlett, principal of The Scarlett Law Group, testifies before the California Senate Health Committee with Recommendations Regarding State Facilitated Treatment of California Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury For the first time in California's history, the Senate Health Committee undertook extensive preliminary hearings yesterday on the issue of ...
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  • Who is more likely to get depression after traumatic brain injury?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 11-Jan-2010

    Depression is a common complication following traumatic brain injury and it affects a person's ability to function well. Depression may also lead to problems with sleep, memory, and social skills-creating a complicated tangle of post-traumatic symptoms. Past research has shown conflicting evidence about the relationship between depression and brain injury, especially when addressing a history of ...
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  • CT scan is not a good predictor of outcome in mild traumatic brain injury.

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

    Traumatic Axonal injury associated with mild traumatic brain injury can be either hemorrhagic or non-hemorrhagic. While the axons themselves do not necessarily bleed when torn, small vessels in the vicinity may. The below article discusses the utility of CT scan as it applies to outcome and predictive outcome in mTBI. The authors confirm that other factors lead to a more accurate prognosis than CT ...
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