Blog Posts in October, 2016

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  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI): Symptoms Without Evidence

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 27-Oct-2016

    Though mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), such as concussions, are common among soldiers and athletes, diagnosing them – especially if time has elapsed between injury and treatment – can be difficult. Many patients experience the neurological deficits associated with mTBI without physical evidence of injury via brain imaging. For instance, nearly 70% of the brain’s sensory ...
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  • Caregivers Who Practice Mindful Creativity Help Patient Recovery After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 21-Oct-2016

    In recent years, “mindfulness,” or the focused awareness of self in the present moment, has been the subject of scientific interest and research. The benefits of mindfulness intervention on cognitive and emotional processing may have implications for those who have experienced a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), as these patients often experience deficits in cognition and emotional ...
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  • The Contribution of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder & Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms Following Motor Vehicle Accidents

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 19-Oct-2016

    Annually, about 500 in every 100,000 children experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Though the majority of these injuries are mild and symptoms typically resolve within days to weeks after injury, 5-30% of children may experience persistent post-concussive symptoms (PPCS), which can negatively impact their quality of life for months or even years after TBI. Recent research suggests that PPCS ...
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  • Insurance Status & Race Affect Treatment & Outcome of Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 17-Oct-2016

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects 1.7 million Americans every year, contributing to chronic health complications, which may include cognitive and psychosocial impairments. Demographic studies suggest that black people and those of low socioeconomic status (regardless of race) are more likely to sustain a TBI, but there is a lack of conclusive research on the impact of race and socioeconomic ...
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  • Validation of the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool in Brain-Injured Critically Ill Adults

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 11-Oct-2016

    Pain is a common consequence of traumatic brain injury ( TBI ), but many TBI patients are unable to communicate their pain. Over time, untreated pain can cause physiological problems and increase the length of a patient’s ICU stay. To accurately assess a patient’s pain level, a behavior-based scale may be more appropriate than self-report methods. A recent study examined the validity ...
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  • Diagnosis Threat and Injury Beliefs After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 6-Oct-2016

    After experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), patients may experience cognitive deficits, emotional and physical difficulties, and behavioral problems. Typically, these symptoms resolve by three months post-injury. In some cases, however, patients may experience persistent symptoms even after this time period, a phenomenon known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). In some instances, PCS is ...
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  • The Legal Landscape of Concussion: Implications for Sports Medicine Providers

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 3-Oct-2016

    In recent years, sports-related concussion – particularly at the high school level – has become a major public health concern. Current concussion law in all fifty states involves sports injury education, removal from play, and restrictions on athletes’ return to play after a head injury. This legislation is intended to protect youth athletes from the potentially devastating ...
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