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  • Brain injury in non-English speaking Latinos

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 25-Jun-2012

    As a group, Latinos/Hispanics are especially vulnerable to traumatic brain injury. Those who do not speak English are at a particular disadvantage because there is a significant lack of information and services that are provided in Spanish. There are few clinical instruments that assess traumatic brain injury in the Spanish-speaking population. Although the incidence of brain injury has been ...
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  • Physiogenic Versus Psychogenic: More Sensitive Scanning In Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 25-Jun-2012

    Mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, sometimes results in a lasting set of symptoms known as postconcussive syndrome (PCS). PCS is controversial because there is usually no physiogenic-of a physical, physiological, or neurological origin-evidence of damage using the traditional CT or MRI scan. Clinicians must rely on patient reports of PCS symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, or ...
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  • Hypopituitarism Reduces Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Jun-2012

    Traumatic brain injury can often cause damage to the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, both of which are critical to the production and release of hormones. The result is lowered levels of different hormones, which can become a secondary problem to the brain injury. A recent study of males with traumatic brain injury found that 70% showed hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction. Low testosterone ...
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  • Microglia Might Be The Common Factor Between Brain Injury and Alzheimer's Disease

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 22-Jun-2012

    Recent research has shown a relationship between traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease. Autopsy studies of people who had traumatic brain injury have revealed Alzheimer's-like plaques and tangles. It is also known that the APOE genotype is associated with both an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and an increased risk of neural degeneration after brain injury. Researchers recently ...
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  • Fatigue and Sleep Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 21-Jun-2012

    Fatigue and sleep problems such as insomnia or hypersomnia are common after a brain injury. However, they are complicated problems that may have multiple sources. A recent research review outline the possible ways that a brain injury can cause fatigue or sleep problems. There are different types of fatigue that can occur after a brain injury: Primary fatigue-occurs as a result of disease or ...
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  • Late Onset Of Social Anxiety After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 21-Jun-2012

    Anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, are some of the most common complications after a brain injury. The development of a post-injury anxiety disorder can occur anytime after the injury. A delay in the development of anxiety can occur as a result of increased awareness of disability. Delays can also ...
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  • Combined Stem Cell And Hypothermia Therapy May Be Beneficial For Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 19-Jun-2012

    Stem cell therapy for traumatic brain injury holds great potential, but the research has been difficult due to the low survival rate of the stem cells. A new study has found that the addition of mild hypothermia (lowered temperature) may create an ideal environment for stem cell survival. When comparing the transplantation of stem cells in a normal environment versus stem calls in a mildly ...
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  • Appropriations Update June 18, 2012

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 18-Jun-2012

    The Senate Appropriations Committee provides $9,760,000 for the Traumatic Brain Injury program. This amount is the same as the fiscal year 2012 comparable level and the budget request. The program supports implementation and planning grants to States for coordination and improvement of services to individuals and families with traumatic brain injuries. Such services can include: pre-hospital care, ...
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  • Brain Injury Between Ages 7-9 Is Associated With Poorest Outcome

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 15-Jun-2012

    The brain of a child develops rapidly throughout the years, but there are critical periods of development in which the brain is particularly active and certain skills or functions hit their milestones. When a developing brain is injured, the damage to the brain may limit or delay these milestones. Much research has focused on the most critical ages of childhood development. In terms of brain ...
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  • Increased Risk of Brain Tumors After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 15-Jun-2012

    A new study shows that people who suffer from a traumatic brain injury are almost five times more likely to be diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor than those without a brain injury. These tumors developed within three years of the injury, and are related to the severity of injury. The idea of traumatic brain injury as a risk factor for brain tumors is a controversial one. There is some evidence ...
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  • Calorie Restriction Prior To Brain Injury Improves Outcome

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

    Past research has shown that calorie-restricted diets are associated with increased neuroprotection and improved recovery after a brain injury. However, it has not previously been understood exactly how calorie restriction improves outcome. Brain injury is often thought of as a two-process injury. Immediate damage occurs from the primary injury, but there is also a secondary injury that results ...
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  • Measuring Resting Brain Activity In Disorders Of Consciousness

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

    Severe brain injuries can lead to a vegetative or minimally conscious state, in which conscious awareness is disrupted. Severe brain injuries can also lead to locked-in syndrome, a state in which a person is fully conscious but completely unable to respond. Clinical assessment of these disorders is difficult because the measurement of arousal and motor reaction is subjective, and prone to slight ...
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  • Deep Brain And Spinal Cord Stimulation May Arouse People In A Minimally Conscious Or Persistent Vegetative State

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 11-Jun-2012

    Persistent vegetative state (a state of wakefulness with no consciousness) and minimally conscious state (short periods of consciousness) are difficult disorders to treat. Recoveryis rare after three months, and is unlikely after twelve months. Studies have shown that deep brain stimulation and spinal cord stimulation are therapies can sometimes induce arousal in people in a vegetative or a ...
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  • TBI Act Press Conference June 5, 2012

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 5-Jun-2012

    On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Susan Connors, BIAA's President/CEO presented Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-D) with an award to thank him for his tireless work in Congress on behalf of individuals living with brain injury at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. The press conference focused on TBI Act reauthorization, H.R. 4238 which was introduced by Rep. ...
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