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  • CDC Forms Disability and Health Work Group

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Jun-2010

    Largely due to the advocacy of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that they will form the first Disability and Health Work Group to advance the health of people with disabilities. With cross-agency representation, the work group will focus on incorporating disability status into CDC surveys, showcasing ...
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  • Federal TBI Program Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Jun-2010

    On June 15, 2010, BIAA and other TBI stakeholders met with Mary Wakefield, the Administrator of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to discuss the future of the federal TBI program, one of the programs funded through the TBI Act. The federal TBI program provides grants to states to improve access to care for people with brain injury. The meeting was ...
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  • FY2011 Defense Authorization Act

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Jun-2010

    This year's House version of the FY2011 Defense Authorization Act (HR 5136) will go to conference with two amendments addressing the problem of faulty brain injury screening in which the military has been under fire because of in recent reports. Congresswoman Mary Fallin of Oklahoma offered an amendment to the bill that was adopted stating that no later than September 30, 2011, the Secretary of ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Jun-2010

    Last week, the Health and Human Services (HHS) department asked for public comments regarding their draft strategic framework on multiple chronic conditions (MCC). The framework addresses approaches to improving the health of individuals with concurrent MCC by providing options for HHS to strengthen coordination of its efforts internally and collaboration with stakeholders externally. BIAA ...
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  • House of Representatives Passed a Historic Health Care Overhaul Package

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Jun-2010

    Dear Advocates, As many of you know, the House of Representatives passed a historic health care overhaul package late Sunday that marks one of the biggest victories in the history of the Brain Injury Association and for people affected by brain injury across the country. BIAA advocated tirelessly for more than a year to ensure that people with brain injury gain access to the care that they need. ...
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  • Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) Update

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

    On Thursday, June 24, 2010, Senate Democrats' long effort to pass a package of tax cut extensions collapsed stopping the proposed extension of enhanced federal Medicaid funding to states in its tracks amid worries of the increased federal deficit. Without the extension, the elevated federal Medicaid funding will expire on December 31, 2010, halfway through the fiscal year for states. BIAA has ...
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  • Obama Funds the HRSA State Grant Program

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

    This morning President Obama released his FY 2011 budget. Last week, the State of the Union address warned of spending freezes and tough decisions on what programs to keep and what programs to discontinue in the coming year. BIAA is pleased to announce that the HRSA state grant program, authorized by the TBI Act, has been level funded in the President’s budget. Although the appropriations ...
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  • Cognitive deficits in TBI related to impaired driving

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

    Among the multiple skills required to drive safely is the ability to visually scan one’s surroundings in order to adapt and respond to unexpected situations. In a study that compared traumatic brain injury patient to controls, subjects were connected to an eye-tracking device that mapped their visual field while completing a driving simulation. The study found that people with traumatic ...
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  • Endurance training after traumatic brain injury

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

    People who lead a sedentary lifestyle are prone to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, colon cancer, glucose intolerance, and depression-among other disorders. People with a traumatic brain injury often lead a sedentary lifestyle because of motor impairment and cognitive dysfunction, but have an additional detriment of a decreased aerobic capacity-running on as little as 64% of normal. Research ...
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  • Hyperglycemia and traumatic brain injury: Challenges to current clinical practices

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

    Traditionally, it has been accepted that hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) at the acute stage of traumatic brain injury is associated with increased mortality and poor outcome. It has also, however, been shown that insulin therapy to reduce this hyperglycemia can induce hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which is also associated with poor outcome. Researchers recently completed an animal study in ...
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  • Acupuncture to treat brain injury

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

    Electroacupuncture, which delivers electrical stimulation through acupuncture needles, has long been used for pain relief and stroke rehabilitation. A recent animal study has found evidence that electroacupuncture may also stimulate neuroprotective function after cerebral ischemia (lowered blood flow to the brain). The researchers found that acupuncture administered to the "Bai hui" and ...
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  • Cognitive tests strongly associated with demographic variables, not neurological findings

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

    A recent retrospective study of cognitive assessment in traumatic brain injury patients found no clear pattern of cognitive ability associated with neurological impairment. Cognitive assessment-in the form of tests such as the WAIS (in various versions) or the HRB (Halstead-Reitan Neurological Test Battery)-is often administered early to traumatic brain injury patients in order to determine ...
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  • TBI is a chronic disease, not a one-time event

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

    Traumatic brain injury is often thought of, and treated as, a one-time event. And yet, it is well understood that TBI is the root of many ongoing complications. Some complications can be seen immediately and continue for many years after the event: cognitive dysfunction, sleep disorders, motor impairments, or psychiatric disease. Some might not manifest until long after the event: seizures, ...
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  • Acute management of traumatic brain injury

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

    In a three-part review of acute management for traumatic brain injury, researchers recently recommended what they considered to be best practices within non-pharmacological interventions, pharmacological interventions, and interventions used to promote arousal from coma. Their findings were as follows. Non-pharmacological interventions used to reduce secondary injury: After the primary injury, ...
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  • Pharmacological treatment of attention in traumatic brain injury

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

    The area of the brain associated with attention is the frontal lobe, which means that many survivors of traumatic brain injury will experience attention deficits. Attention is important for wide range of self-management-for instance focus, processing speed, or multi-tasking. Attention deficits can therefore slow down rehabilitation efforts and recovery because of the patient's inability to stay on ...
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