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  • Stem Cells Pre-Treated With Estrogen Reduce Injury After Cerebral Ischemia

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 18-Jan-2011

    Research has found that immature neural stem cells can differentiate into neurons and glial cells, providing evidence for potential treatment in brain injury. Animal studies have found that new neural stem cells can survive and migrate to the injured area, and can restore structure and function to injured areas within a few days after injury. Research has also found that estrogen can provide a ...
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  • Health Care Reform Update January 14th, 2011

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 17-Jan-2011

    At the request of the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is spearheading a study that will make recommendations on the criteria and methods for determining and updating the essential health benefits package, which was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act. This week, as part of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), BIAA ...
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  • Teleost Fish As A Model For Spinal Cord Repair

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 13-Jan-2011

    Human spinal cord injury is typically a permanent injury that results in a devastating loss of function. There has been much research on promoting regeneration and re-growth of spinal structures, but unfortunately there has been little progress to date. Certain classes of fish are of interest to spinal cord research because, although their spinal cords are very similar to ours, these classes of ...
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  • Transcranial Doppler Can Help Identify Children Who Need Urgent Attention After Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 13-Jan-2011

    After a brain injury, there is a serious concern for secondary damage caused by intracranial hypertension and pressure. This hypertension is usually monitored using surgical means, which can be invasive and dangerous when conditions are critical. Recently, a study on severe pediatric brain injury found that the non-invasive Transcranial Doppler is as effective at detecting dangerous signs of ...
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  • The Effect Of Visibility Of A Scar In Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 12-Jan-2011

    When disabilities related to brain injury have no visible marker-as is the case with symptoms such as depression, pain, fatigue, personality changes, or cognitive problems- brain injury survivors can face a lifetime of negative consequences. People commonly have unrealistic expectations of people who have disabilities, but no obvious, physical marker of injury. Early after a brain injury, people ...
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  • What Happens To The Brain When We Inhale CO2?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 12-Jan-2011

    CO 2 poisoning can occur during medical conditions such as sleep apnea or emphysema, in adverse diving conditions, or from other geological causes. We know how CO 2 creates physiological changes to blood flow and oxygen concentration, which can damage the brain. But less is known about how precisely CO 2 disrupts brain activity. A recent human study used two types of MRI (magnetic resonance ...
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  • Caregiver Well-Being Predicts Outcome Of TBI Patients

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

    Recent research has shown that the strongest predictor of emotional distress in TBI patients is life satisfaction with their caregivers. Caregivers who feel distressed and are not satisfied with their own lives are associated with TBI patients who show higher levels of disability, including cognitive impairment. Conversely, caregivers who feel that there is adequate social support are more likely ...
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  • Chronic Stress Is Related To Fatigue After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Fatigue is one of the most common and persistent symptoms related to TBI. Fatigue interferes with rehabilitation efforts, daily functioning, and quality of life-and yet it is difficult to treat fatigue after TBI because there may be multiple reasons for its occurrence. A recent study found that one strong cause of fatigue after TBI is chronic daily stress. Pain and cognitive impairment are ...
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  • Pre-Injury Psychiatric Disorders Mean That TBI Patients Need More Intensive Rehabilitation And Support

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2011

    Psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety are common symptoms after a traumatic brain injury, but people may also have a history of such disorders before their injury. Having a psychiatric disorder in their history may not only distort a TBI survivor's symptoms, but it might also negatively affect outcome. A recent study confirmed that TBI patients with a psychiatric history do have a ...
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  • Premature Aging After Spinal Cord Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2011

    People with spinal cord injury may be more susceptible to premature aging, possibly because the additional stress on physical systems such as organs or muscles is beyond the injured body's capacity for repair. A recent research review has found significant evidence of premature aging after spinal cord injury within cardiovascular, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems. Specifically, people with ...
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  • Appropriations Update Jan 7

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-Jan-2011

    On December 21, 2010, Congress cleared a short-term funding measure (CR) to extend government operations through March 4, 2011. Incoming House Republicans, now a majority, have vowed to cut discretionary non-military spending to fiscal 2008 levels which could mean funding cuts for brain injury programs. BIAA is monitoring the situation closely, and as a supplement to our work on Capitol Hill, will ...
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  • Brain Injury Awareness Day, 2011

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-Jan-2011

    This year, brain injury awareness day on Capitol Hill will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. BIAA and other stakeholders are working with the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force to develop a schedule for the day and a theme for this year's briefing. If anyone has any suggestions on what they would like to learn more about in the briefing, please send me an email with your thoughts. Look for ...
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