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  • Predicting Long-Term Outcome with Diffusion Tensor Imaging

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 23-Jan-2013

    Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a relatively newer diagnostic tool that measures white matter tracts in the brain and is useful for assessing axonal damage after a traumatic brain injury. Much research has shown the efficacy of DTI in the prediction of outcome after a brain injury, however, most of that research has been limited to single clinical sites. DTI, like any other technology, is ...
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  • High Number of Impacts Related To Delayed Diagnosis In Sports Related Concussion

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 21-Jan-2013

    Concussion on the sports field is often undiagnosed because of bias in self-report, ambiguity in symptoms, and the lack of loss of consciousness (which does not always occur in a concussion). In the days that follow, however, the athlete that has sustained a head impact may develop delayed symptoms of a concussion, further confounding an accurate diagnosis. A recent study looked at the types of ...
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  • Fatigue and Insomnia After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 18-Jan-2013

    Insomnia, fatigue, and excessive daytime sleepiness are common problems after a traumatic brain injury. However, it can be difficult to determine if sleep problems are a primary disorder or a symptom of something else. For instance, daytime fatigue could be a symptom of insomnia, or a primary problem caused by biological changes from the injury. A recent study looked at the relationship between ...
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  • MRI Shows Evidence Of Post-Concussion Syndromes

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 18-Jan-2013

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the more common diagnostic tools used to assess brain injury. Using conventional diagnostic guidelines in MRI, however, often fails to show evidence of damage related to mild traumatic brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury sometimes results in post-concussion syndrome-a set of symptoms such as depression and insomnia-that lingers in the weeks and ...
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  • Age Can Predict Mortality After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 17-Jan-2013

    Although many more people today are surviving a traumatic brain injury than ever before, a brain injury is still a significant risk factor for death, even years after the injury. Age at the time of injury can also be related to the risk of death (or decreased life expectancy) after a brain injury. A recent study found that age group, as it interacted with injury severity, had a significant ...
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  • Happy New Year!

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 11-Jan-2013

    Happy New Year! The Brain Injury Association of America welcomes the new and returning members to the 113th Congress. BIAA is poised to take on both the opportunities and difficulties this new Congress presents. With the 2012 election behind us, President Obama maintained his job as Commander in Chief; the Senate remained a Democratic majority and the House of Representatives remained Republican, ...
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  • Predictors of Financial Capacity After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 10-Jan-2013

    Activities of daily living, such as the ability to manage finances, can be significantly impacted by a traumatic brain injury. Injury to certain parts of the brain can predispose a person to an inability to manage tasks such as balancing a checkbook, budgeting, paying bills, or making financial decisions. Past research has shown that people with a brain injury are more likely to make excessive ATM ...
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  • How Traumatic Brain Injury Can Trigger Neurodegenerative Disorders

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Jan-2013

    It has become increasingly clear in research that a traumatic brain injury, even a mild one, can trigger an earlier onset of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. However, the exact mechanism of how these triggers occur is not well understood. Glutamate, which is a neurotransmitter found in great abundance in the brain, is important for stimulating ...
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  • Left Brain Injury Is Associated With A Higher Risk Of Infection In The Hospital

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 9-Jan-2013

    A theory called the left-dominant brain immune network states that certain brain areas form a network that dominates interaction with the body's immune system. This theory has recently been supported by a study in which people with an injury to the left side of their brain were found to be at greater risk for acquiring a hospital acquired infection during their inpatient rehabilitation program. ...
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