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  • Appropriations July 29 Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jul-2010

    On Thursday, July 29, 2010, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $732 billion fiscal 2011 spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The draft bill would provide $169.6 billion in discretionary funding - a $5.9 billion, or 4 percent, increase from the level for the current fiscal year, but $986 million less than President Obama requested. The ...
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  • Tell your Representatives to Support the Medicaid Funding Extention Through June 2011 (HR 1586)

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

    This week, the Senate has taken action to approve HR 1586, which would extend the elevated Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid. The House is expected to vote on the measure next week. Without an extension, the increased Medicaid funding will expire December 31, 2010, and many states will be forced to make drastic cuts to the federal-state program. With states in fiscal peril ...
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  • Appropriations Update, July 2010

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

    On Tuesday July 27, 2010, the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) will consider a draft version of the FY11 appropriations 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. If you haven't taken ...
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  • Tell Your Senators To Increase Funding for Important Brain Injury Programs!

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

    On Tuesday July 27, 2010, the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) will consider a draft version of a Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations 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 ...
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  • Active versus passive coping after traumatic brain injury

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

    Coping with the negative effects of traumatic brain injury is an important aspect of a person's ability to rehabilitate, as well as adapt to a changed lifestyle. There are different coping strategies that a patient can use. One is to actively confront a challenge by gathering information, cultivating skills, or changing a situation in order to adapt. Another, more passive, coping strategy is to ...
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  • Growth hormone replacement therapy improves cognition

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

    We are now beginning to understand that traumatic brain injury may often include damage to the pituitary gland-a small, pea-sized area of the brain that can easily be sheared or obstructed by the bony cradle it sits in. The result of pituitary gland damage can be hypopituitarism (a condition in which the pituitary gland doesn't produce sufficient amount of hormones), more specifically, a growth ...
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  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for brain injury is beneficial, but only within small time frame

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

    One of the more disturbing results of traumatic brain injury is that secondary damage can often occur after the initial trauma. Such secondary damage can lower oxygen levels in the brain-making tissue oxygenation through hyperbaric oxygen therapy a potentially promising therapy for traumatic brain injury. A recent animal study confirmed that a single treatment of hyperbaric oxygen therapy does ...
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  • Appropriations Update

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

    On Thursday, July 15, 2010, the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies voted to approve a FY2011 draft spending bill. The bill would provide a total of $738.7 billion, $12.7 billion more than FY2010 levels but $1.5 billion less than the President's request. The draft bill contains the funding levels for programs authorized through the TBI Act as well ...
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  • Glasgow Coma Scale not affected by alcohol intoxication

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

    It is common perception that alcohol intoxication lowers the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) rating in cases of traumatic brain injury, and is therefore not a reliable rating for intoxicated patients. In a large study of nearly 500 TBI patients, however, no association was found between alcohol intoxication and GCS score. Only when controlling for injury severity did very high intoxication levels and ...
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  • Return to work: Is the workplace ready for the TBI survivor?

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

    Occupational therapists work one-on-one with people after a traumatic brain injury in order to recover as much of a pre-injury daily life as possible. Return to work, with its financial, social, and psychological advantages, is one important goal in occupational therapy. However, assessing a patient for the ability to return to work can be challenging-factors such as pre-injury job duties, ...
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  • Social outcomes of preschoolers with TBI

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

    It is commonly thought that children show rapid improvement after a traumatic brain injury because of either increased neuroplasticity or the ability for young brains to re-organize after injury. However, research that supports this notion has often been limited to cognitive and motor skills. A recent study took a broader view of recovery after pediatric TBI. They found that when TBI occurs in ...
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  • Late recovery of responsiveness and consciousness not the exception after vegetative state

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

    It has been considered unlikely that a person in a vegetative state will regain consciousness beyond 12 months after a traumatic brain injury or 3 months after an anoxic or hemorrhagic injury. However, ongoing improvements in both research methodology and medical intervention may be changing this way of thinking. A recent study of long-term vegetative state patients showed that 20% recovered ...
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  • The role of the pediatrician in mTBI

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

    Children who suffer from mild traumatic brain injury are often referred back to their primary pediatrician for follow-up care. A recent study found that 89% of pediatricians felt that they were the appropriate care provider for the follow-up of mTBI, however 59% of these did not participate in continuing education to learn more about TBI and 62% did not administer neuropsychological tests. Recent ...
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  • Appropriations Update, July 2012

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

    On Thursday, July 1, 2010, the House adopted a one-year spending (H. Res. 1493) plan instead of a traditional five-year budget resolution, which has stalled because of intraparty differences over spending levels and concern over budget deficits. The plan, which Democrats call a "budget enforcement resolution" for fiscal 2011, would set a limit of $1.121 trillion on discretionary ...
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