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  • Choosing Rehabilitation Technology for People With Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 28-Dec-2012

    There are many straight-forward choices of technology today that can assist people with various disabilities, such as walking support, hearing enhancers, or memory aides. However, the needs of people who have disabilities related to a brain injury are far from simple. A brain injury can cause various changes in awareness, mood, or cognitive ability that contribute to how well a technology will ...
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  • Long-Term Consequences of Pituitary Gland Dysfunction After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 28-Dec-2012

    A traumatic brain injury puts a person at a significant risk for developing hypopituitarism, a disorder in which the pituitary gland of the brain produces insufficient hormones. Although many recent studies have focused on this increased risk, there has not previously been many studies the effect on long-term outcome. A recent study of 51 people with severe traumatic brain injury between 2 and 10 ...
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  • Inexpensive iPhone And iPad Applications For People With a Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 27-Dec-2012

    There has been a flood of adaptive iPhone or iPad applications that can help assist in every day life skills, mood stabilization, and cognitive recovery for people who have had a brain injury. Some can be pricey, such as the Proloquo2Go ($189.99), which helps transform text to speech. But there are many others that or free or very inexpensive, and can be just as life-changing. Some examples are: ...
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  • iWalk: A Gait Recovery Program For People With Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 27-Dec-2012

    Gait retraining after a traumatic brain injury has not been studied extensively, and the few studies that have shown success have not been integrated into clinical practice. Timing, intensity, and the type of intervention needed to successfully retrain gain after an injury is critical, and yet there are no good definitions that help guide rehabilitation specialists. A recent pilot study of a new ...
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  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Shows No Effect For Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 17-Dec-2012

    At least 80% of all traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild. Following a mild traumatic brain injury, around 15% of people will experience post-concussion syndrome, a set of symptoms including depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, and dizziness. Veterans who have experienced mild traumatic brain injury as a result of exposure to blast show an even higher rate of post-concussion ...
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  • Killing the Killers In Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 17-Dec-2012

    Appoptosin is a protein that is known for prompting neurons to kill themselves. Following a traumatic brain injury, appoptosin skyrockets, leading to an overproduction of chemicals that can cause neurons to die. This cascade of neural suicide is a marker for secondary traumatic brain injury, and leads to increase cognitive and motor impairments. A team of researchers recently found a way to ...
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  • Brain Injury To Anterior Insula Of The Brain Is Related To Lack Of Empathy

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 14-Dec-2012

    The anterior insula is an area of the brain deep within the cortex, next to the temporal lobe and behind the frontal lobe. In the past, it has been associated with the perception of pain, emotions, and the awareness of bodily sensation such as warmth, satiety, and increased activity. Recently, researchers discovered that the anterior insula is also important for activating empathy-the ability to ...
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  • Fiscal Cliff Talks Continue

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 14-Dec-2012

    The President and Speaker Boehner continue to discuss how to avoid the fiscal cliff, meeting as recently as yesterday afternoon. Reports state they had frank discussions about the issues at hand. If a final agreement is reached, it is expected to be a two-part deal. First, achieve savings in the short-term and alleviate the sequesters cuts by contributing to the deficit. Second, configure a plan ...
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  • New Drug Improves Brain Function Even Years After Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 14-Dec-2012

    Etanercept is a drug that has been used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis by targeting a chemical called tumor necrosis factor. Scientists recently discovered that etanercept can also target and reduce brain inflammation that commonly occurs after a brain injury. A single dose was found to result in significant improvements in motor and cognitive skills, as ...
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  • Pulmonary Complications After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 12-Dec-2012

    Pulmonary complications such as respiratory failure, pneumonia, acute lung injury, pulmonary embolism or edema, and acute respiratory distress syndrome are common problems in people who have had a severe traumatic brain injury. These problems can result from direct injury to the brain, reduced consciousness, inability to protect the airway, reduced immune response, or decreased mobility. ...
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  • Scriptaid-A New Treatment For Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 12-Dec-2012

    Scriptaid is a histone deacetylase inhibitor that has previously been used as a treatment for breast cancer. As a breast cancer treatment, Scriptaid was found to reduce tumors and restore hormonal responsiveness. A recent clinical study of Scriptaid in a model of moderate traumatic brain injury found that it decreased lesion size and reduced motor and cognitive deficits. The effects on motor and ...
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