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  • Low Dose of ADHD Drug Improves Recovery After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Aug-2012

    Methamphetamine is prescription drug that is used for the treatment of ADHD in children. Past brain injury studies have found that ADHD drugs, such as methamphetamine, can improve memory and increase energy in people who are in the chronic stage (3 months or longer) of traumatic brain injury. A recent animal study found that a low dose of methamphetamine administered within three hours of a severe ...
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  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids Help To Heal Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 29-Aug-2012

    In a recent case study of a teenage who suffered from a severe traumatic brain injury after a car accident, researchers found that substantial amounts of omega-3 fatty acids helped to optimize his recovery. Ten days after his injury, the teenager was declared to be in a vegetative state. He began receiving 15 mL of an omega-3 fatty acid supplement, which provided 9756 mg of EPA and 6756 mg of DHA. ...
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  • Diabetes Drug May Help Repair Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Aug-2012

    The diabetes drug metformin not only helps to control blood glucose, it can also encourage the growth of new brain cells. Similar to the way it activates a certain pathway in the liver, metformin can activate neural stem cells to form new brain cells and help repair injured parts of the brain. Animal studies show that this new brain cell growth also translates into improved cognitive functioning ...
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  • Rest After Concussion Might Not Be The Best Medicine

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 24-Aug-2012

    The traditional guidelines of rest after a concussion suggest that a patient needs at least three days of minimal activity or exertion after injury. But a recent study has shown that these guidelines may be doing more harm than good. Past research has shown that being sedentary after injury is a risk factor for chronic disability and chronic pain. Minimal activity can also increase the risk of ...
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  • People With Prefrontal Cortex Injury Are More Vulnerable To Misleading Advertising

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Aug-2012

    Most people have a normal sense of doubt when it comes to financial or consumer schemes. We know, for example, that a foreign prince is unlikely to need our assistance for an investment, or that there is unlikely to be a vitamin that adds 10 years to our lives. Research has shown that older adults are vulnerable to financial and consumer fraud. A recent study has found that a specific area of the ...
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  • The Emergency Carpet: A Safer Way To Transport Spinal Cord Injury Patients

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 20-Aug-2012

    The first aid stretcher is used to immobilize and carry trauma patients, but it can actually cause or worsen injury in spinal cord patients because of its inflexibility. In a mission to design an improved stretcher, researchers recently developed a new tool called the Emergency Carpet. The Emergency Carpet consists of an empty fabric bag and ingredients to create moldable polyurethane material. ...
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  • The Veterans’ Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitative Services Improvements Act of 2011

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 13-Aug-2012

    This week, President Obama signed into law Senator Boozman’s (R-AR) legislation to improve rehabilitative services for our nation’s veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Veterans’ Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitative Services’ Improvements Act of 2011, (S. 957 as amended) was part of a larger package to improve veterans’ benefits (Sec 107 of H.R. 1627). Due ...
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  • Incidence and Risk Factors of Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Aug-2012

    In a large study of nearly 5,000 medical cases, researchers recently outlined the specific incidence and risk factors for children who suffer from a spinal cord injury. They found that: 1. Almost 67% of all injuries were cervical spinal cord injury. 2. 75% of the cervical spinal cord injuries were of a traumatic origin. 3. The risk of traumatic cervical spinal cord injury was highest (70%) for ...
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  • The Characteristics of Spinal Cord Injury In Children

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Aug-2012

    In a medical review of ninety-three children under age 10 who sustained a spinal cord injury, it was found that: 1. At 36%, automobile crash was the most common cause of injury, 2. At 29%, being run over by a car was the second most common cause of injury, 3. At almost 12%, firearm injuries was the third most common cause of injury, 4. Nearly 94% of the patients suffered a complete neurological ...
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  • Mindfulness Improves Long-Term Fatigue After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Aug-2012

    Mental fatigue is a common problem after a traumatic brain injury. It is one of the more disabling problems in that it can greatly affect the ability to return to work, perform daily activities, or participate in social functions. Mental fatigue can also predispose a person to irritability, concentration problems, emotional instability, and sensitivity to stress. Studies have found that ...
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