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  • Aggressive Versus Routine Care Of TBI-Which Is More Cost Effective?

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

    The economic burden of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is substantial. Aggressive medical procedures such as a decompressive craniectomy or invasive intracranial monitoring add further expense, and may not always contribute to a positive outcome. Past research about the cost-effectiveness of aggressive procedures after a TBI has been mixed. However, a recent study found that, ...
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  • Genetics Influence Cognitive And Behavioral Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Problems with working memory, executive function, decision-making, inhibition, impulsivity, aggression, and social or emotional function are common after a traumatic brain injury. Although these skills and traits can vary considerably by the severity of injury, as well as variances in medical and social support, they are also influenced by genetics. Scientists have isolated the specific genes that ...
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  • Respite For The Caregiver Is Not Enough

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

    Friends or family members who provide care for a person with a brain injury experience a great deal of stress. In order to ease this burden, many organizations provide respite care for the caregiver. Respite care is an organized support service that offers a temporary break for caregivers. This break can range from a few hours to a few days, and can be provided in the home, at a day center, out ...
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  • The Future Of Drugs For Traumatic Brain Injury – Not Encouraging

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

    It has become increasingly acknowledged that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of disability. At the same time, pharmaceutical companies have drastically cut funding for neuroscience research that could provide new drug treatment for TBI. Why? Neuroscience research is difficult to complete. Understanding about neurological disorders, especially TBI, is limited and many ...
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  • Dietary Zinc Improves Memory And Learning After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Past research has shown that dietary zinc can help improve recovery if given after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as reduce damage if taken prior to a TBI. Other research has found that zinc can specifically improve depression, anxiety, and memory in the general population. But until recently, no studies have looked into the use of zinc for specific mood disorders or cognitive impairments ...
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  • Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Substance abuse and traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a complex causal relationship. People with substance abuse issues are more likely to sustain a TBI, and people with a TBI are more likely to abuse substances. For example, for those treated for injuries in the Emergency Department, the likelihood of having a TBI increases significantly as blood alcohol increases. Likewise, patients with a ...
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  • Women, Girls, and Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Approximately 30% of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur in women and girls. Research has shown that there are some gender differences in physiological, cognitive, psychological, and functional outcomes after TBI. Some of these outcomes can be attributed to biological factors that do not apply to men. For example, hormonal changes that are common after a TBI can affect maturation and reproductive ...
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  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Supports Concussion Testing in Schools

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 7-Mar-2012

    Dick’s Sporting Goods Chain is supporting Concussion Testing in Schools through a program called Protecting Athletes through Concussion Education (PACE). Dick’s will pay for schoolwide neurocognitive testing of athletes across more than 3,300 schools, totaling more than a million students. The tests, called ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) are given ...
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  • Closed Vs. Penetrating Brain Injuries: Current State Of Research

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 2-Mar-2012

    Traumatic brain injury ( TBI ) is a leading cause of injury death and long-term disability. A traumatic brain injury can either be penetrating, in which an external object enters the brain, or closed, in which external forces damage the brain without penetration by an object. Certain factors have been associated with increased risk of mortality in patients with closed brain injuries. For instance, ...
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  • The Effectiveness Of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) After Moderate And Severe Brain Injury: Case Studies

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 2-Mar-2012

    Traumatic brain injury ( TBI ) is associated with an increased risk for psychological complications. For example, anxiety and depression are very common after TBI, and can significantly limit recovery. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that helps to correct distorted thinking patterns and subsequent behaviors. CBT has been shown to be effective for anxiety in patients with ...
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