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  • Force Of Impact Predicts Outcome In Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2012

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children can be difficult to diagnose, and it is even more difficult to predict an outcome. Traditionally, TBI is defined as mild, moderate, or severe by using certain indicators such as the Glasgow Coma Scale or loss of consciousness. Outcomes based on TBI severity can be unpredictable-mild TBI has been known to cause long-term deficits, and more severe TBI can ...
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  • The "Yes Bias" After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jan-2012

    Memory and attention problems are common after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, both memory and attention are complex, interrelated systems that can be broken into "pieces" of a process. Research has been mixed about specifically what piece of that process is most commonly affected by TBI. One of the problems of this research is how memory and attention is analyzed during the study. In ...
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  • Post-Concussion Syndrome May Not Be An Accurate Measure Of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jan-2012

    Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is defined as a set of common symptoms that occur in the days or months after a mild traumatic brain injury ( mTBI ). These symptoms include fatigue, depression, headaches, dizziness, and cognitive problems. PCS has been a somewhat controversial topic because clinicians rely on the patient's report of their symptoms, in absence of objective test results. In addition, ...
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  • Subjective Versus Objective Complaints After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jan-2012

    A self-report of symptoms after a traumatic brain injury is an important part of the assessment process. But, how does a clinician interpret inconsistencies between self-reported symptoms and the objective neuropsychological evaluation? One problem is that the severity of the brain injury can affect the way the patient talks about symptoms. For instance, a person with a more severe brain injury ...
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  • TBI Act Reauthorization 2012

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

    On Friday, January 13, 2012, BIAA's government affairs director along with NASHIA's lobbyist met with staff representing the National Disability Rights Network to discuss TBI Act reauthorization in 2012. BIAA will continue to work closely with other stakeholders as the reauthorization of the TBI Act moves forward. AHRQ Reports Open for Public Comment The Effective Health Care Program, Agency for ...
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  • Using EEG To Track Recovery After Sports-Related Concussion

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

    Full recovery after a sports-related concussion (i.e., mild traumatic brain injury ) is critical in order to prevent cumulative damage from future concussion. Unfortunately, the pressure to return to play often outweighs the need to wait for full recovery, and athletes often return to play sooner than they should. There have been various tools proposed to measure recovery after a concussion, but ...
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  • Chronic Fatigue After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    The rate of chronic fatigue after traumatic brain injury is more than four times higher than the general population. Chronic fatigue is a complex disorder, and research has shown that is related to sleep problems, cognitive impairment, attention deficits, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain-problems that are also common after traumatic brain injury. Hormonal insufficiencies that can occur after ...
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  • Increased Risk For Injury After A Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    A traumatic brain injury can result in cognitive, emotional, and physical impairments that make the patient more vulnerable to future injury. For instance, cognitive impairments may result in slow decision-making or faulty judgment that can put a person at risk while driving. Emotional impairments may lead to an increased risk of assault-related injury or self-harm. And physical impairments can ...
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  • The Burden On the Caregiver After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Jan-2012

    After discharge from the hospital or rehabilitation center, a person with traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually returns home. In most cases, one family member becomes solely responsible for the patient, creating a tremendous burden on that family member. A recent study described the most common profile of the caregivers for TBI patients. Although the study focused on military families, the profile ...
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