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  • Motor Dysfunction After Pediatric Diffuse Axonal Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 28-Jul-2011

    Diffuse axonal injury (DAI), is the stretching and shearing of white matter in multiple areas of the brain, and can be difficult to assess using traditional imaging such as CT or MRI. Motor dysfunction, including problems with balance, dexterity, reflexes, speed and coordination, is a common disability in pediatric traumatic brain injury. However, since traditional CT and MRI scans do not usually ...
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  • Unusual Pattern Of Spinal Cord Injury After Suicide Bombing

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 28-Jul-2011

    Suicide bombing has increased in the last decade, and causes death or injury to surrounding victims (often military). A recent study from a military hospital based in Pakistan has discovered an unusual pattern of spinal cord injury to victims of suicide bombing blasts. This pattern includes: • Injury to the thoracic area of the spine, which could be because people who suffer an injury to the ...
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  • Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Is Very Different Than Adult Spinal Cord Injury

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

    Spinal cord injury in children is fairly uncommon, and research that compares pediatric versus adult spinal cord injury is even more so. A recent research review, however, has revealed a few major differences in the two: • First, the review found that pediatric patients have a different mechanism of injury. Younger children are more likely to experience injury from a car accident, and adolescents ...
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  • Psychiatric Disorders Are Common Both Before And After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Anxiety and depression are commonly seen after traumatic brain injury, but research into the reasons why is mixed. Some have proposed that anxiety and depression are based on physical injury to the brain, with certain areas being correlated with a higher prevalence of anxiety or depression. Others have stated that unsatisfactory changes in lifestyle after injury contribute to a higher prevalence ...
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  • Attention Deficits Persist Ten Years After Traumatic Brain Injury In Very Young Children

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Jul-2011

    Very young children are often attention-deficit by nature. As they age and mature, they become more able to focus, quickly shift their attention, or inhibit inappropriate responses. When a very young child has a brain injury, it can often be difficult to assess the extent of injury-related disability because the child has yet to reach certain developmental milestones. Recent research has found ...
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  • Cerebral Salt Wasting Syndrome After Induced Coma In Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Jul-2011

    A recent case study has been published about a young man who was treated with therapeutic barbiturate coma after a traumatic brain injury. Coma was induced after the patient showed signs of intracranial pressure that did not subside. He remained in the barbiturate coma for three days, with no abnormal lab findings. When he was brought out of the coma, however, his labs showed a steep rise in ...
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  • Impaired Storytelling Ability After Traumatic Brain Injury Can Lead To Social Bias

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

    Storytelling requires facial expressions, body gestures, and vocal effects in order to be engaging and effective. People who are good storytellers are considered more charismatic and accessible. Sometimes after a traumatic brain injury, a person might not be able to effectively use facial and body gestures when telling a story. Their verbal skills may be less expressive, or flat. As a result, ...
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  • Leisure Activities Decline After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    During rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury, there is a focus on the recovery of functional abilities, such as walking, speech, or self-care. There is currently little to no attention given to the recovery of leisure activities after TBI, even though leisure can greatly impact quality of life and overall life satisfaction. A recent study found that, after a traumatic brain injury, people ...
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  • Impairment Of Attention Skills After Pediatric Brain Injury

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

    Attention is complex skill. It requires the ability to focus on an object or an idea, maintain that focus long enough for the information to be useful, filter out extraneous information, shift from one piece of information to another (or sometimes attend to more than one piece of information at a time), and stop from making automatic mistakes. We know that attention is a critical skill during ...
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  • Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation May Help Brain Injury Recovery

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

    Non-invasive brain stimulation is a method of stimulating certain areas of the brain from the outside of the skull. Methods of non-invasive brain stimulation include repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), low-level laser therapy (LLLT), and transcranial Doppler sonography (TCD). Depending on the technique used, non-invasive brain ...
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