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  • Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP)

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 28-May-2010

    Today, May 28, 2010, the House will consider amendments to the Senate amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (HR 4213). As part of the anticipated amendment package, it is expected that the House will vote on eliminating a provision in the measure that extends enhanced funding through the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP – enhanced federal funding for state ...
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  • Depression is distinct from grief in family members of patients in a vegetative state

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

    Patients in a vegetative state may never recover from their severe brain injuries and regain consciousness. The family members of these patients are under an extreme mental and psychological burden in that they know there is limited chance of recovery, even with signs of primitive responsiveness. This paradox between signs of life and death can create complicated feelings of grief in family ...
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  • Return to driving after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

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

    One of the most defining elements of an American's perception of independence is driving. And yet, when a person suffers from traumatic brain injury, the decision (by both patient and family) to return to driving is a difficult and complex one. Motor and cognitive challenges create a concern for family members, but the independence and freedom that it represents can be a boost to ...
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  • TENS therapy for spasticity in spinal cord injury

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

    Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that delivers electrical stimulation to the peripheral nervous system. Traditionally used for pain, TENS has also proven to be a safe and affective treatment of spasticity in stroke patients. Spinal cord injury can also cause spasticity (the involuntary increase of muscle tone or contractions). A randomized controlled trial recently ...
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  • House Education and Labor Committee Holds Sports and Concussion Hearing

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-May-2010

    On May 20, 2010, The House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing to investigate the impact of concussions on student athletes and their academic performance. BIAA was contacted by the Committee early in the planning stages for general guidance of the issue including expertise regarding appropriate witnesses. In conjunction with the hearing, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report ...
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  • Challenges of attending college with traumatic brain injury

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

    Young people (15-19) are at particular risk for traumatic brain injury. Although these young TBI survivors often recover enough to attend college, they do so having to face challenges in cognition, social skills, and daily living. A recent research study documented the challenges and triumphs of four college students who had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from between 4 and 10 years ...
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  • Recombinant human growth hormone replacement in mild TBI

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

    Recent studies have shown that the pituitary gland is particularly susceptible to traumatic brain injury. Since the pituitary gland is responsible for hormone release, hormone deficiency is a common problem in brain injury survivors. Growth hormone deficiency is the most common hormone deficiency found after TBI, regardless of severity. Growth hormone deficiency is related to muscle weakness, ...
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  • Severe pediatric brain injury means less efficient cardiac fitness

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

    The low tolerance for exercise that is a common complaint after traumatic brain injury is typically justified by motor impairment or secondary physical injury. However, a recent study has shown that the low tolerance may also be related to cardiac fitness. The study measured the heart rate-at rest and after exercise-of 12 boys who had survived a severe traumatic brain injury. They found that, as ...
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  • How to treat apathy in traumatic brain injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-May-2010

    Apathy is a term that refers to a general state of not caring-lack of initiative or drive, limited activity or energy, and no motivation to work towards goals. In traumatic brain injury, apathy is common; it's reported in as much as 71% of patients. Traditionally, apathy has been detrimental to rehabilitation efforts because of the difficulties in getting the apathetic patient motivated enough ...
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  • Recommendations for the use of MRI in spinal cord injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-May-2010

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will generally give a better view of spinal cord injury, as well as any related edema or hemorrhaging, than a CT scan. However, the use of MRI in spinal cord injury has been inconsistent within acute care. Canadian researchers recently put forth some recommendations and guidelines for acute care settings. Their recommendations are as follows: There is some evidence ...
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  • Trends of survival in severe TBI: from the 1800s to now

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-May-2010

    Over the last 150 years, the mortality rate in severe traumatic brain injury has dropped by nearly 50%. The reasons for this drop are not hard to comprehend-better understanding of the brain, improved therapies, and new technologies have all contributed to more people surviving. However, a recent review of research has shown that the trend for decreased mortality has not been a smooth decline. ...
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  • Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Holds Brain Injury Benchmarking Hearing

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

    On May 5, 2010, The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing examining the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs in responding to the rehabilitation needs of veterans with TBI since the passage of the TBI-related provisions as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008. BIAA passed its slot to testify to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) because of their ...
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