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  • Bladder cancer risk is higher in spinal cord injury

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

    People who suffer from a spinal cord injury are at greater risk of developing bladder cancer than those without injury. Patients with indwelling catheters have also been shown to be at greater risk of developing bladder cancer. There has been a question of whether the increased risk of cancer was related to the spinal cord injury itself, or the subsequent use of an indwelling catheter. A medical ...
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  • Changes in mild traumatic brain injury screening in the military: Will it affect civilian screening?

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

    It is estimated that nearly one-quarter of deployed service members have sustained a traumatic brain injury, with mild brain injury being the most diagnosed severity. A short screening assessment that is given to service members after deployment has been used to identify the presence of mild traumatic brain injury, and has helped to identify many injured individuals. However, it has not been ...
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  • BIAA Unveils 2010 Legislative Fact Sheets

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

    On March 3, 2010, BIAA made available its 2010 legislative fact sheets. The fact sheets outline the agenda for this year including, access to care for both civilian and military populations, TBI Act and research funding, TBI Act reauthorization, caregiver assistance, and support for the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force is now available on our home page! Brain Injury Awareness Day 2010 Don't ...
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  • Brain Injury Awareness Day 2010

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

    Don't forget that this year's Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill is set to take place on March, 17, 2010. For those of you who are participating and have made appointments to speak with your members of Congress, there will be a "home base" set up on the 4th floor of the Rayburn Building (rm. 2456) between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm for you to congregate between appointments and also to pick up ...
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  • Brain Injury Awareness Month

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

    As most of you already know, March is brain injury awareness month! BIAA will be unveiling its 2010 legislative agenda on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Fact sheets outlining the agenda for this year including, access to care for both civilian and military populations, TBI Act and research funding, TBI Act re authorization, caregiver assistance, and support for the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force ...
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  • Call Your Representative NOW - The House will Vote on Health Care Reform this Week!

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

    The House of Representatives is set to vote on the Senate health care reform bill at the end of this week. If the measure fails, the hope of health care reform will likely vanish for this year and maybe even for years to come. Even though the House and Senate have both passed their versions of health care reform, the only way forward for the bill is for the House to approve the Senate version. ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update, March 2010

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

    This week, Congress continued to push forward towards the goal of completing health care reform. Congressional Democratic leaders are attempting to move forward using the simple majority process known as "reconciliation" and are expected to release a package of amendments that would first move through the House Budget and Rules Committee before coming to the House floor for a vote. ...
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  • Hormone problems after traumatic brain injury

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

    Hormonal problems caused by damage to the pituitary gland are considered common in traumatic brain injury. However, reports of rates of pituitary gland impairment after traumatic brain injury have varied from 15-90%. Researchers from the Netherlands recently suggested that this variation could be due to differences in diagnostic criteria, in the type of tests given, in the severity of the injury, ...
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  • A concussion is a brain injury

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

    SPORTS & CONCUSSIONS What is a Concussion? Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head. The injury can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. An athlete does not need to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. You cannot see a concussion, but you might notice some of the symptoms right away. Other symptoms ...
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  • Blood alcohol levels in severe traumatic brain injury

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

    The association of a positive blood alcohol level (BAL) and the outcome of traumatic brain injury has recently become a controversial one. Different clinical studies have shown both positive and negative outcomes of brain injury when a positive BAL is present. Although alcohol intoxication increases the risk of brain injury, disability, and mortality, there is some evidence that, in some cases, a ...
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  • Mitochondrial dysfunction involved in age-related decline in traumatic brain injury

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

    Older age has been known to be a negative factor in recovery after traumatic brain injury. While there are several factors that may be involved in this association, such as pre-existing conditions or multiple medications that negatively impact the injury, a cellular explanation has also been proposed. Mitochondria are critical to cell functioning because they are involved in producing energy and ...
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  • Trends of spinal injury and spinal cord injury of the last twenty years.

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

    Long-term studies of specific injuries, their interventions, and their outcomes help to help to identify trends, recognize potential therapeutic problems, and direct future guidelines of care. Such a study was recently conducted in Canada in order to determine the characteristics, trends, and potential predictors of spinal trauma and its associated injuries. The most significant results of their ...
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  • Aging and long-term emotional distress after traumatic brain injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Mar-2010

    In the early days after a traumatic brain injury, when symptoms are most acute and much time is devoted to recovery and rehabilitation, survivors often do not realize the full extent of their limitations. Self-awareness is often limited in the early stages of recovery. As self-awareness recovers, the survivor gradually begins to understand the consequences of their injury and may often develop ...
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  • Call Congress and tell them to Pass Health Care Reform Now!

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Mar-2010

    Over the past week, you may have seen news reports suggesting that health care reform is in serious jeopardy. WE MUST INSIST THAT CONGRESS COMPLETE HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW! Too many Americans with disabilities and chronic conditions are not well served by the current system and will make tremendous gains through enactment of health care reform. Take action NOW! Starting TODAY and continuing until ...
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  • Gait disorders after traumatic brain injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Mar-2010

    Limited mobility can negatively affect a traumatic brain injury survivor's ability to reintegrate into pre-injury life. And yet, little is actually known about the effect of traumatic brain injury on gait (how one moves, walks). There are no guidelines that specifically determine gait disorders in traumatic brain injury and, as a result, clinicians often overlook mobility in their testing. An ...
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  • Please Help – Register-Fundraise for CALBIA’s 3rd Annual Statewide Walk For Thought

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Mar-2010

    As we approach Brain Injury Awareness Month, I would like to invite you to register for the Walk For Thought at a location near you. If you are unable to attend, please register as a “Virtual Walker” and customize your personal fundraising page and help to raise much needed funds for CALBIA and our nonprofit host partners. Corporate sponsorships are down this year and it is essential ...
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  • Trauma patients admitted to ICU at greater risk of developing PTSD

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Mar-2010

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after experiencing a traumatic event and may lead to poor recovery and psychological difficulties. Studies over the past few years have shown that admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with the development of PTSD. There are several established reasons why PTSD might be associated with admittance to ICU. For instance, ...
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