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  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging Shows Damaged Areas Related to Specific Memory Impairments

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Mar-2011

    Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is defined as damage to axons in the white matter of the brain. DAI can be difficult to detect using traditional imaging techniques, such as CT or MRI scans. However, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a type of MRI scan that traces water movement in white matter. DTI can therefore illustrate damage to white matter tracts that occurs from DAI. A recent study found that ...
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  • Optimistic Personality Related to Improved Outcome After TBI

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Mar-2011

    Dispositional optimism is a personality trait that defines people who tend to expect the best possible outcome of a situation. A recent study looked at the relationship between dispositional optimism and long-term outcomes after a traumatic brain injury. The results of the study were that those with an optimistic personality, as defined by the Life Orientation Test-Revised, were less likely to ...
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  • People Over The Age of 60 at Higher Risk of a Fatal Head Injury From a Car Crash

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Mar-2011

    A recent study was conducted to determine the age at which people are at greatest risk for a fatal head injury after a car accident. They found that an increase in mortality occurred in people over the age of 60. Despite an association with decreased crash severity, and no difference in Injury Severity Score as compared to people under the age of 60, people over the age of 60 were more likely to ...
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  • Sports and Concussion, March 21st, 2011

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 21-Mar-2011

    On March 16, 2011, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Todd Russell Platts, as well as U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. BIAA endorsed the legislation and provided technical assistance during the writing of the bill. The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act ...
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  • Left Neglected – What is spatial neglect?

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 16-Mar-2011

    A new novel about brain injury was just released last month. Left Neglected is a fictional story about a traumatic brain injury patient who develops a bizarre, but relatively common, neurological syndrome called spatial neglect. The author, Lisa Genova, earned a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard, and brings her deep understanding of brain injury to life in her main character, Sarah. Sarah is ...
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  • Appropriations Update March 15th, 2011

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

    On Friday, March 11, 2011, the House Appropriations Committee will unveil a three-week continuing resolution (CR) that will extend FY10 funding through April 8, 2011. The current CR is set to expire on March 18, 2011. The bill would make some relatively non-controversial spending cuts, totaling about $6 billion dollars in savings. BIAA is monitoring the situation closely and working with the ...
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  • Virtual Reality In the Rehabilitation of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Virtual reality in a rehabilitation setting consists a computer-generated environment that allows for a three-dimensional, real-time tool for recovery. The benefits of virtual reality are that it can be programmed to be relevant to patients, and the environment can be controlled so that specific stimuli can be presented without distractions. Rehabilitation for severe traumatic brain injury can be ...
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  • Early Exercise Training After Spinal Cord Injury is More Effective Than Delayed Training

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

    Timing of exercise training after spinal cord injury (as well as traumatic brain injury ) has been thought to be critical to recovery. However, researchers have not reached consensus-some studies show that early intervention is best, while others suggest that a delayed intervention is more effective. A recent animal study found that an early intervention (one day after spinal cord injury) of a ...
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  • Inexperienced Doctors Misjudge Glasgow Coma Scale Scores

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

    The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is used in triage in order to determine the traumatic brain injury patients who need a CT scan or neurosurgery. This is a critical decision process because early treatment of brain injury can greatly improve outcome. A recent study found that nearly one-third of inexperienced doctors (first year junior residents) failed to give an accurate GCS score in traumatic brain ...
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  • A Membrane-Permeable Version of NAT is More Effective at Reducing Secondary Brain Damage

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Mar-2011

    Secondary brain damage, the increase of swelling and pressure that occurs after a primary injury, leads to an increase in mortality in brain injury patients. Substance P is a neuropeptide that is released in abundance after brain injury, and is responsible for much of this secondary damage. Therefore, research efforts have focused on decreasing the amount of Substance P immediately after injury, ...
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  • Neuronal Degeneration in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Mar-2011

    Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can cause cognitive and psychological symptoms without any evidence of injury on a CT or MRI scan. Many scientists and clinicians now accept that this limitation is due more probably from the relatively low resolution of these scans, and not the absence of real damage. A recent animal study has shown that, although an mTBI led to only small numbers of actual ...
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  • The Future of Research in The Diagnosis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Mar-2011

    A tremendous number of soldiers are thought to have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). This number is thought to be even higher, but is difficult to verify because there is not yet an accurate, efficient diagnostic tool for mTBI. The military has therefore made diagnosis of mTBI a research priority-with speed, mobility, and accuracy being of the most concern. A team of brain injury ...
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  • Appropriations Update March 4, 2011

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

    On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, President Obama avoided a government shutdown by signing into law a two week extension of the current continuing resolution that was set to expire today. The measure keeps the government running through March 18, 2011. Today, March 4, 2011, Senate Democrats released a proposal for a $6.5 billion cut from current spending levels, a modest reduction compared with the ...
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  • BIAA Notice Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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

    Today, March 2, 2011, USA Today issued a story about access to a continuum of care following brain injury. BIAA contributed to its contents and is pleased by how accurately USA Today reported the need for individuals who sustain brain injuries to access medically-necessary rehabilitation of sufficient scope, intensity and duration from licensed professionals in accredited settings to regain the ...
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  • Brain Injury Awareness Day 2011 March 16

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

    This year, brain injury awareness day on Capitol Hill will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. As in years past, there will be an awareness fair, briefing and reception. The full schedule for the day is as follows: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Brain Injury Awareness Fair, First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Briefing: Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Re-Entry: Lessons ...
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  • Electrical Stimulation Helps To Bridge Gaps Between Peripheral Nerves After Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Mar-2011

    Treatment of peripheral nerve damage has typically been a transplantation of nerve grafts to help fill in large gap between nerves. However, this therapy is often disappointing-with further nerve damage, pain, and slow recovery often hindering recovery. Short-term, low frequency electrical stimulation has recently been shown to help reconnect damaged nerve tissue. When the stumps of damaged nerves ...
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  • How Seat-Belted, Rear-Seated Children Sustain Brain Injury In Car Accidents

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Mar-2011

    Although the majority of children who sustain a brain injury in a car accident are injured because they were not wearing a seatbelt, there are many cases in which brain injury occurs despite proper restraints. A recent study using several crash and injury databases found common ways for a restrained child to sustain a brain injury during a crash. Injury from head contact with seatback was caused ...
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  • Motorcycle Helmet Use Does Not Increase Risk-Taking Behaviors

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 3-Mar-2011

    The "risk compensation" hypothesis suggests that individuals who use safety measures during an activity will offset that safety measure with an increase in risky behavior. A recent study of California motorcyclists compared risky behaviors between helmeted and un-helmeted riders. The results were that riders who had been drinking were half as likely to wear a helmet as those had not been drinking. ...
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