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  • Autonomy vs. Agency: Participation In Life Activities For Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Oct-2011

    Autonomy, a person's capacity to judge, decide, and act on the basis of their own attitudes and reasoning, is a key concept in the treatment of people with spinal cord injury. Autonomy is generally held to be a fundamental patient right. However, little study has been done about patients' own individual ideas or experience of autonomy. When patient perception is taken into account, the picture of ...
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  • Perinatal Brain Injury: Predicting Outcomes

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Oct-2011

    Neonatal encephalopathy, or disturbed neurological functioning in a term infant, affects between 1 and 7 babies out of 1000 live births. It causes permanent disability in terms of cognitive and motor development in 15-20% of affected newborns. An MRI scan can help predict outcomes for infants with brain injury, with increasing levels of accuracy. A recent study found that: The presence of ...
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  • Rehabilitation of Executive Function After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Organization, attention, and strategic planning are frequently problematic after traumatic brain injury. These issues reflect failures of executive function, a set of processes necessary for goal-directed behavior. Lack of executive control can complicate the recovery process for people with a traumatic brain injury; therefore, executive function should be specifically targeted for rehabilitation. ...
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  • Speech Disturbance After Emerging From Minimally Conscious State

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

    With improvements in medicine, more patients survive severe traumatic brain injuries, even in cases where the brain injury led to a minimally conscious or vegetative state. An increase in survival means that there is a chance that the brain injury patient can emerge from unconsciousness. Subsequently, this has led to an increase in opportunities to observe the effects of such injuries. One of the ...
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  • Life After Acquired Brain Injury: How ABI In Children Affects Participation

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

    Participation is defined as “involvement in a life situation.” Through this participation, children and adolescents acquire skills and competencies, and achieve physical and mental health. To increase understanding of how participation and recovery trajectories are linked in youth with acquired brain injury, researchers have recently examined available tools for measuring participation ...
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  • Like? Facebook Use After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Online communities and social networking sites can be valuable to those with cognitive or social difficulties caused by traumatic brain injury. Virtual support systems can increase social participation and reduce isolation. Recent research shows that expressive online journaling appears to enhance quality of life and feelings of well-being for TBI patients. So, do people with a TBI take advantage ...
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  • TBI Act Reauthorization

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

    On September 30, 2011, BIAA, NASHIA, and NDRN met with both the offices of Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., Co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, and Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to discuss TBI Act reauthorization in 2012. Both offices were receptive to entertaining changes in the legislation next year. TBI Act ...
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  • Appropriations Update: Oct. 12, 2011

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

    TBI Act On September 21, 2011, the Senate Appropriations Committee considered an FY12 Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) bill, which contained TBI Act funding. In the past year, more than 50 programs have been cut from the Labor/HHS budget. However, largely through BIAA and NASHIA's advocacy, TBI Act funding has been sustained thus far. Along with level ...
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  • ConTACT Act: Oct. 12, 2011

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

    As many of you know, BIAA was out front on the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act, introduced in 2009 by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. Although the legislation wasn't enacted, it was the only federal concussion bill to get any traction, despite the public relations muscle behind other proposals. BIAA's early support positioned us to ...
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  • Continuity of Care For Patients With TBI: Effective Networks

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

    People with traumatic brain injury often have complex problems that require multifaceted solutions. Networks, which consist of individuals, teams, and organizations that are linked together, are frequently touted as a method for addressing the difficulties these patients face in accessing resources. Networks do show promise in improving continuity of care, but some specific issues should be ...
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  • Social Functioning In Children With Traumatic Brain Injury: Markers For Poor Adolescent Relationships

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

    In the highly supportive environment of early childhood, children with traumatic brain injury do not show evidence of significant friendship problems. However, as children age, relationships become more complex, and children with TBI become more vulnerable to social isolation and poor peer interactions. Children with traumatic brain injury often show cognitive deficits related to emotional ...
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  • California’s Continued Struggle Facing Budgetary Shortfalls

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

    California’s continued struggle facing budgetary shortfalls the state government is looking for any possible way to plug the many holes left behind from years of poor budgeting. This action involves a cut to the existing set annual budgeted funds to Med-Cal by a full 10% across the board within the 2011 state budget. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be announcing ...
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