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  • Acupuncture Benefits Sleep Quality in Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Apr-2011

    Insomnia is one of the most common complaints after traumatic brain injury, and is not only distressing to the patient, but can also negatively impact recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs for insomnia may help increase sleep, but can also negatively impact the patient with daytime sleepiness and slower cognitive functioning. Acupuncture is a ...
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  • Biomarker S100B Is Better At Detecting Brain Injury In Sober Patients Than In Intoxicated Patients

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Apr-2011

    Studies have found that high levels of S100B, a protein that can be detected by a blood test, can help predict greater severity and worsened outcomes in brain injury patients. However, brain injury is often related to alcohol intoxication, which can make an accurate diagnosis of injury severity very difficult. Researchers have begun to investigate if blood alcohol might interfere with the accuracy ...
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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Relieves Acquired Brain Injury Patients Of Depression And Anxiety

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Apr-2011

    The rehabilitation of brain injury patients has traditionally focused on physical and cognitive therapies. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is widely used and has a strong track record of improving psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Even though rates of anxiety and depression are high in brain injury patients, CBT is rarely integrated into their rehabilitation or outpatient ...
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  • Acute and Chronic Outcomes of Diffuse Axonal Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 11-Apr-2011

    Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) describes the stretching and shearing of white matter tracts in the brain. DAI not only impairs brain function immediately after the initial injury, but it is also thought to continue damaging the brain for months after, through secondary damage. A recent study comparing DAI results from within 11 days after injury to DAI results from 6 months after injury found that, ...
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  • The Development of a Tool to Assess Functional Cognition After TBI

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 11-Apr-2011

    A team of clinicians and researchers are currently developing a new computerized tool to assess functional cognition after traumatic brain injury, called the Computer Adaptive Measure of Functional Cognition for TBI (CAMFC-TBI). Functional cognition is defined as "the ability to accomplish everyday activities that rely on cognitive abilities, such as locating keys, conveying medical information or ...
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