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  • Planners Versus Avoiders in Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Aug-2011

    The outcome after a traumatic brain injury often depends a great deal on the attitude of patients, and how well they can cope. Although past research is mixed about the association with coping styles and brain injury outcome, much of that research used questionnaires rather than observing actual behaviors. More recent research has shown that, based on behavior, certain coping styles can indeed be ...
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  • Methylprednisolone May Worsen Muscle Atrophy In Spinal Cord Injury

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

    A brief, high dose treatment of methylprednisolone within the first 8 hours of a spinal cord injury has been associated with improved functional outcome, and has therefore become a routine treatment. However, methylprednisolone is also related to adverse effects on skeletal muscle and the immune system. The treatment is consequently a controversial one-do the adverse effects outweigh the potential ...
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  • Specialized Rehabilitation Is More Efficient Than Non-Specialized Care After Spinal Cord Injury

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

    In many countries, spinal cord injury patients are placed in non-specific rehabilitation units rather than a unit that is specialized to care for spinal cord injury (the same applies to brain injury). This practice may indicate a lack of specialized units, but it also can be due to a bias towards a less expensive facility. Additionally, patients who are admitted to a specialized unit tend to be ...
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  • Incidence of Spinal Cord Injury in The United States

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 25-Aug-2011

    Our country is notoriously difficult for epidemiological research because of its diversity not only culturally and socioeconomically, but also in healthcare and the ability to track diagnoses. In an attempt to conduct an epidemiological study of spinal cord injury within a closed system, a recent study used the US military to describe the risk factors for spinal cord injury. The military ...
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  • Return to Work After Spinal Cord Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 25-Aug-2011

    An important factor to both rehabilitation and litigation efforts is the length of time it takes for a spinal cord injury patient to return to work. Currently, the average time to return to work is five years. However, this can vary greatly (research shows between 3 months and 20 years) and depends on several factors. One important factor is the ability to return to the previous employer. People ...
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  • “Discharge Against Medical Advice” is Higher in Intentional Brain Injury Cases

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Aug-2011

    Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) is associated with poor outcome, frequent readmission, higher mortality, and increased risk of psychiatric and medical complications. Research has shown that head injury is highly correlated with DAMA. A recent review of past research has looked more specifically at the relationship with DAMA and traumatic brain injury. Researchers found that DAMA was more ...
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  • The Thinning of The Corpus Callosum Might Not be a Normal Part of Development

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Aug-2011

    The corpus callosum, the white matter tracts that connect one side of the brain to the other, changes size and shape during childhood development and well into early adulthood. The thinning of the corpus callosum, particularly the posterior area, has been thought be a normal part of development. However, a recent study has shown that childhood brain injury has a strong association with the ...
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  • Brain Natriuretic Peptide Levels are High After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 19-Aug-2011

    Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) regulates electrolyte and water balance, and we know that BNP levels increase immediately after traumatic brain injury or stroke. The result of this BNP increase can be a higher risk of brain edema and elevated intracranial pressure. In a study that sought to clarify the relationship of BNP and traumatic brain injury, researchers found that BNP levels peak 3-4 days ...
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  • Driving After Severe TBI Increases Risk of Causing a Car Accident

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 19-Aug-2011

    A recent study found that people who resume driving after a severe traumatic brain injury are more than twice as likely to cause a car accident than they were before injury. In the study, only 50% of people with a severe traumatic brain injury decided to start driving again. But 63% of those who did were subsequently involved in a car accident, and most of those held personal responsibility for ...
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  • EEG Shows Evidence Of Fatigue After Sport-Related Concussion

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 15-Aug-2011

    Fatigue is one of the most common complaints after even the mildest of brain injuries. However, it can be difficult to assess and diagnose because it is often hidden by other common brain injury symptoms such as sleep problems, depression, or hypothyroidism. A recent study of sport-related concussion found that complaints of fatigue not only correlated with increased errors on an attention test, ...
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  • People With A Traumatic Brain Injury Have An Increased Risk For Future Stroke

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 15-Aug-2011

    People with a traumatic brain injury are at higher risk for developing certain neurological disorders. Post-traumatic seizures, hypopituitarism, and mood disorders have been well documented after traumatic brain injury. In addition, we know that a brain injury increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Less is known about the risk of a stroke after a traumatic ...
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  • Appropriations Update August 11, 2011

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

    Due to last week's debt ceiling debates, the Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee consideration of FY12 spending, including consideration of funding for programs such as the TBI Act and the TBI Model Systems have been postponed until after the August recess. BIAA will monitor the Committee schedule and alert grassroots advocates when Congressional communication is needed.
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  • Health Care Reform Update

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Aug-2011

    On August 1, 2011, HHS completed and released their external appeals determinations for states, as part of the process to implement new protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As you may remember, on July 23, 2010, HHS published an interim final rule regarding standards for internal claims and appeals and external review processes for group health insurance plans and ...
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  • TBI Act

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Aug-2011

    On July 11, 2011, BIAA and NASHIA met with representatives from HRSA to follow up on the development of a Federal TBI Program long-range plan. After completion of a June interagency meeting called by HRSA including agencies that administer TBI programs such as DOD, VA, HHS, Department of Education and more, HRSA reported that important work was completed to coordinate efforts and stamp out program ...
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