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  • Amelioration of acute sequelae of blast induced mild traumatic brain injury by N-Acetyl Cysteine: A double-blind, placebo controlled study.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 28-Jun-2013

    Many U.S. military service members have been subjected to blast exposure-induced mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. This trauma, caused mostly by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), causes brain injuries not easily treated with strategies applied to other, more extensively-studied forms of blunt head trauma. Active duty service members in Iraq suffering from ...
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  • MRI Evidence for Altered Venous Drainage and Intracranial Compliance in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Jun-2013

    Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is the most common of the 1.7 million reported annual cases of traumatic brain injury in the United States, resulting in confusion, disorientation, impaired or loss of consciousness, and a host of neurological and cognitive impairments. While investigation through advanced brain imaging have yielded a few insights into how mTBI causes cerebral abnormalities due ...
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  • 2014 WALK FOR BRAIN INJURY HOST ORGANIZATION APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 25-Jun-2013

    The Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL) is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to be considered as a Host Organization for a Walk Site for the 2014 Walk for Brain Injury events to be held across the state between the months of March 2014 – October 2014. (Due to the substantial growth of these Walks, it has become necessary to expand the time frame so that we ...
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  • Long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury on cognitive performance.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 19-Jun-2013

    Studies of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) conclude that victims suffer chronic cognitive difficulties. However, the wide variability of the results of these studies prevents more accurate conclusions about the pervasiveness of cognitive deficit in the mTBI population. Researchers in a recent study asked both mTBI and non-head injury participants to complete tasks measuring their information ...
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  • Dealing with the surgical and medical challenges of penetrating brain injuries

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

    Our current understanding of the brain began after Phineas Gage survived a metal rod that was discharged through his brain. However, cases of Penetrative Brain Injury (PBI), in which a foreign object penetrates the skull and enters the brain, have since become relatively rare. Incidents of PBI encountered today occur as a result of vehicle collisions, urban violence, accidents at home, or suicide ...
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  • Controversy Erupts Over Proposed Boston Traumatic Brain Injury Study without Patients' Consent

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

    Most people are not medical researchers or scientists, and therefore most people are not aware of all of the rules, norms and regulations that are part of the field of medical studies. However, most people would generally be able to correctly assume that people who do take part in these studies have given researchers their permission, and when these studies involve children the parents of these ...
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  • Sensory cortex underpinnings of traumatic brain injury deficits.

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

    Traumatic brain injury can affect long-term sensory processing, which contributes to the ability of the injury to affect a person's functioning. After a TBI, sensory processing is often altered, but further research needs to be conducted on the nature of these alterations. To explore this subject, Alwis, Yan, Morganti-Kossman, and Rajan used the rat whisker tactile system and the cortex processing ...
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  • June 8, 2013 Update on SB 320

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

    It has been quite a busy and month of action in the Legislature on SB 320 (Beall), the Brain Injury Access To Treatment Act. On May 1, due to the tireless efforts of BIACAL and its thousands of supporters, our bill, SB 320 was approved by the Senate Health Committee on a vote of 5-2. This action was the direct result of hundreds of letters and signed petitions from SB 320 supporters as well as ...
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  • Study Suggest Bright Light Therapy Beneficial to Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

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

    Many of us suffered concussions when we were younger for one reason or another, and those of us who are old enough may remember some of the advice that we were given with regards to managing the healing process. We were told to avoid noisy environments. We were told to avoid situations where we were forced to think quickly and tax our brains at an unreasonable level. Finally, many of us were told ...
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  • Bicycling Is the Leading Cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries Among American Sports

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Jun-2013

    We have all seen the news recently regarding the scrutiny that is being placed on certain collision sports with regards to their inherent risks of traumatic brain injuries. Football at all levels is coming under fire, and legislatures across the United States are enacting statutes that require precaution when a football player suffers a head injury. Hockey is another sport that is being closely ...
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  • Omega-3 lipid emulsions markedly protect brain after stroke in mouse study.

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Jun-2013

    For more than 30 years, scientists have been trying to develop drugs that will help prevent the death of brain cells damaged by a stroke. So far, they have had limited success. A recent study conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center suggests that in mice, when triglyceride lipid emulsions rich in an omega-3 fatty acid are injected after an ischemic stroke, the damage to brain tissue is ...
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