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  • Retinal Imaging Predicts Inflicted Pediatric Brain Injury

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

    Retinal hemorrhages (areas of bleeding within the retina of the eye) can occur in both accidental and inflicted brain traumas. Past research has noted general differences in amount of hemorrhaging between accidental and inflicted injury, but had not to date been able to define specific characteristics. The ability to predict whether a brain injury was inflicted or accidental is of critical ...
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  • Ibuprofen Can Help Repair An Injured Brain

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

    One of the more dangerous effects of a brain injury is inflammation caused by the secondary immune-like reaction to the injury. This inflammation can cause further damage to the brain and impede recovery. Further, brain systems can become disorganized when inflammation disrupts brain plasticity and forces neurons to compensate or redirect. Anti-inflammatory drugs have long been used to reduce ...
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  • Shellfish Toxin Blocks Neuropathic Pain

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

    Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain that occurs even after the source of the pain is gone. Both brain and spinal cord injuries can create these inappropriate messages of pain to the brain. A recent study found that saxitoxin, a neurotoxin derived from shellfish, can block this pain signal and therefore delay the onset of neuropathic pain. Researchers found that a single injection of ...
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  • Anxiety Related To Traumatic Injury Of The Prefrontal Lobe

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

    Anxiety disorders are one of the more common complications that can develop after a traumatic brain injury. There has been some controversy over whether or not the anxiety develops as a result of biological changes to the brain, or from psychological changes due to life adjustment after the injury. Research has shown that anxiety is related to specific brain areas such as the prefrontal cortex and ...
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  • Application of Stem Cell Therapy After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Stem cell therapy remains one of the more promising treatments for reducing damage and improving recovery after traumatic brain injury. Despite its potential, there remains a limitation in both research efforts and acceptance by the general public. Continued communication about stem cell therapy may correct both of these limitations. The following is a review of how stem cell therapy can ...
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  • Brain Injury Association of California – Annual Meeting 2012

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

    Attention Members of the Brain Injury Association of California. This is to notify you of a special meeting of the membership to take place on Friday, November 9th at 8:00 am at the Silverado Resort in Napa, California. SILVERADO RESORT 1600 ATLAS PEAK ROAD NAPA, CALIFORNIA The purpose of this special meeting is to repeal the existing By-laws in their entirety and to adopt new By-laws as ...
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  • Brain-Computer Technology Allows Potential Communication for People in a Vegetative State

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

    People who are in a vegetative state as a result of severe traumatic brain injury are in a nonresponsive state of wakeful unawareness. They are able to open their eyes and respond to some commands, but are presumed to be unaware of their surroundings and unconscious of their own thoughts and actions. However, it is not always the case that a person presumed to be in a vegetative state is ...
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  • Cholesterol Medication Helps Repair Brain After Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Simvasatin, a medication commonly used to reduce cholesterol, has recently been shown to reduce damage to the brain after a traumatic brain injury. In an animal study of diffuse axonal injury, simvastatin that was administered for 14 days after injury showed evidence of reduced injury severity, maintained axonal density, and stimulated neuronal growth. In addition, simvastatin was associated with ...
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  • Psychotic Disorder Due To Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Traumatic brain injury is considered to be a risk factor for psychotic disorder, which includes symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. A recent review of psychotic disorders due to traumatic brain injury found the following: 1. Psychotic disorders can develop after a mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury, however, most cases were reported when the person had suffered a loss of ...
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  • The Performance Of Bicycle Helmets In Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Head injuries are the most common cause of disability and death in bicycle accidents. Children are at a disproportionately high risk of bicycle accidents, primarily because of the higher use of bicycles between the ages of 7 and 14. Helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of serious head injury related to bicycle accidents, and most state laws require children to wear a helmet while riding a ...
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  • Brain Plasticity And Cognitive Development After Pediatric Brain Injury

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

    The relationship between recovery after a childhood brain injury and the development of certain cognitive skills is not well understood. A recent longitudinal study of children who sustained a traumatic brain injury suggests that the two ideas, neural recovery and cognitive development, are better understood if separated into two different scales. The recovery of neural function after a brain ...
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  • Recovery From Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury Plateaus After Two Years

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

    A recent study found that children who suffer a brain injury of any severity will not show any improvement beyond two years after the injury. The study looked at children who had a mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury, and were age 0-17 at the time of injury. Their functional outcome was tracked over 36 months after the injury. Most of the functional improvement occurred within the ...
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  • Direct Cost of Healthcare For People With Acquired Brain Injury

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

    The cost of acquired brain injury (both traumatic and non-traumatic) can be significant, but also difficult to predict. Patients may have costs that span a number of years, covering hospitalizations, rehabilitation, and in-home care. Past studies that examine the direct costs related to brain injury have been found to be inconsistent because of unreliable patient recall, a focus on only the ...
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  • Risk Of Neurodegenerative Disease Is 4 Times Higher In Professional Football Players

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

    A recent study of over 3,000 retired professional football players found that they were 4 times as likely to die from a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's disease or amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) than the general population. In addition, "speed" positions such as quarterbacks, running backs, or line receivers were 3 times more likely to develop a neurodegenerative disease than ...
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  • Translating Brain Injury Research To Practice: The Neurotrauma Evidence Translation Program

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

    In recent years, there has been a surge of research dedicated to understanding and improving outcome for traumatic brain injury. And yet there is still a wide gap between research and practice. Clinicians and rehabilitation professionals can benefit from the knowledge provided by ongoing research, and also help to shape future research projects. In an effort to close the gap between research and ...
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  • Mistakes In Coding Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Oct-2012

    Traumatic brain injury is often classified at the Emergency Department using the International Classification of Diseases (currently referred to as the ICD-9-CM). A recent study, however, found that the ICD-9-CM was only sensitive for accurately diagnosing two specific types of severe traumatic brain injury -skull fracture and intracranial hemorrhage. The study also found that 1 out of 5 patients ...
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  • Predicting Long-Term Outcome After Spinal Cord Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 8-Oct-2012

    In the days after a traumatic spinal cord injury, the patient and family members must face a difficult uncertainty-when and how much will the patient recover? Clinicians also face this uncertainty because there is often little to guide prognosis. However, a recent study used hospital records and eventual outcomes to create a new model of outcome prediction after spinal cord injury. The study used ...
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  • Continuing Resolution Fiscal Year Oct 1, 2013

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 1-Oct-2012

    This past weekend, the U.S. Senate passed a Continuing Resolution for FY 2013 to keep the federal government funded through March 27, 2013. The House of Representatives passed the measure earlier this month. Passage of this legislation, which the President is expected to sign, averts a showdown on federal spending prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2012. Members of ...
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