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  • Don't Save Me, Then Leave Me: Families Must Pick Up Where The Hospital Stops

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 7-Nov-2016

    More and more people are surviving brain injury because of great advances in medicine and technology. Many war veterans, athletes, or members of the general public have, through terrible tragedy, personally discovered the paradoxical strength and fragility of the mysterious human brain. But soon after leaving the hospital, both TBI survivors and their families discover that there is a deficiency ...
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  • Reading as a Nursing Intervention for Agitation in Patients with Anoxic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 2-Nov-2016

    After experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), some patients may exhibit symptoms of agitation. If these symptoms (such as impulsivity, aggression, and restlessness) are not appropriately treated, patients may be at higher risk of injury from falling, sedation, or use of restraints. However, tending to the needs of agitated patients can place strain on nursing staff, who must spend additional ...
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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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  • 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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  • CDC Study Identifies Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury at Increased Risk of PTSD

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 2-Sep-2016

    A study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma found that “Civilian Emergency Department Populations” who present with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are more likely to present Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms after six months post-injury. Essentially, this study was one of the first to focus on civilians with mTBI and possibly PTSD. A majority of studies on mTBI are ...
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  • Impairments in Working Memory after a TBI

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 30-Aug-2016

    People who suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often notice that their memory is not as good after the accident as it was before the accident. One post-TBI memory problem is amnesia. There are two types of amnesia: retrograde amnesia, which involves losing memories of events that occurred before the accident, and anterograde amnesia, involving the loss of memories of events that occurred ...
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  • Intensive Care Unit Experience: Psychological Impact on Family Members of Patients with and Without TBI

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

    Each year in the United States, approximately five million people are admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for an injury or illness. The ICU environment can be stressful or anxiety inducing for these patients and for their family members, who must often balance the medical needs of their loved ones while still attending to finances and other personal responsibilities. A recent study ...
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  • Validation of Personal Self-Advocacy Measures for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 12-Aug-2016

    Because an acquired brain injury (ABI) can cause physical, emotional, and cognitive deficits, individuals with ABI may need to seek multiple medical and psychological services during the recovery period. Personal self-advocacy – for example, asserting one’s needs, making necessary appointments, and communicating issues – is important to successfully navigate through these ...
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  • Screening for History of TBI Among Women Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 8-Aug-2016

    Though both genders can experience intimate partner violence (IPV), the vast majority of victims are women. Most injuries caused by IPV are located on the head and face, and up to one fifth of these injuries can be classified as a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). This can cause significant physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments in both the long and short term. A recent study ...
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  • Correlates of Resilience in the First Five Years after Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 4-Aug-2016

    While physical and cognitive deficits are widely recognized as consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI), some may be unaware of the emotional impact of a TBI in the post-injury period. The ongoing challenges after a TBI can cause a person to plummet into depression, or it can move a person to stand and fight for recovery. Emotional resilience – the personal traits that allow a person to ...
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  • Strategies to Improve Impaired Social Communication after TBI

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 1-Aug-2016

    Social communication abilities are at the heart of an individual’s social competence. When a person sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that impairs social communication abilities, he or she may experience disruptions in employment, family and romantic relationships, and overall social integration. In fact, damage to social communication is actually more predictive of negative life ...
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  • Traumatic Axonal Injury: Relationships Between Lesions in the Early Phase and Diffuse Tensor Imaging Parameters in the Chronic Phase Of Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 25-Jul-2016

    Traumatic axonal injury (TAI), which occurs in the white matter of the brain, is a common consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), damage to the white matter can be classified as nonhemorrhagic or microhemorrhagic, and some DTI parameters such as fractional anisotropy (FA) can assess the degree of diffusion restriction in white matter fibers surrounding ...
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  • Student Athletes' Views on APOE Genotyping for Increased Risk of Poor Recovery after a Traumatic Brain Injury

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

    Because sports activities are highly physical, athletes are particularly prone to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In recent years, research has suggested that some athletes experience slow recovery times after TBI, with symptoms persisting for months or even years. While investigating risk factors for slow recovery time, researchers found that the presence of the apolipoprotein (APOE) allele in an ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury in Individuals at High Risk for Psychosis

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 13-Jul-2016

    People who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may experience common psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety, and personality changes. Recent research suggests that TBI may also be a risk factor for less common psychiatric diagnoses, such as psychosis and late-onset development of schizophrenia. However, it has been difficult to conclude if a TBI causes the psychosis or if individuals ...
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  • A Study to Treat Learning in Traumatic Brain Injury: The TBI-MEM Trial

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 7-Jul-2016

    Approximately 1.6 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. A common consequence of TBI is cognitive dysfunction, which may impair attention, learning and memory, executive function, and attention. These deficits may significantly contribute to a negative personal and work life. There are few interventions that can reliably and effectively improve cognitive ...
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  • Alcohol Intake and Reduced Mortality in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 1-Jul-2016

    The CDC reports that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death in patients under the age of 35, with almost 1,500,000 Americans suffering from a TBI each year. Alcohol and its effects on cognitive function are associated with injuries in general, but alcohol intake may have more specific effects on the brain’s recovery after a trauma. A recent Korean study investigated the ...
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  • Program of Enhanced Psychiatric Services for Patients with Brain Injury and Neuropsychiatric Disturbances: A Program of Care

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 20-Jun-2016

    After experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), patients frequently experience disruptions in their behavior, mood, and cognitive function. These problems can have a debilitating effect on patients’ quality of life and may interfere with the recovery process. A group of researchers recently proposed The Hopkins Model, a structured program designed to meet patients’ specific ...
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  • The Risk of Sleep Disorder Among Persons With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 15-Jun-2016

    Sleep disorders are one of the most common and persistent complications that patients may experience following a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). However, sleep disturbances are often undiagnosed in these patients, who may suffer from sleep deprivation a year or more post-TBI. A recent review examined a broad pool of data from post-TBI individuals to determine risk factors for sleep ...
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  • Psychosocial Outcomes of Sport Concussions in Youth Hockey Players

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 13-Jun-2016

    Sport activities are commonly associated with incidents of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion. Because mTBI may cause disruption in normal psychological function, these types of head injuries have particularly serious risks for youth, who are still in the process of cognitive development. A recent Canadian cohort study assessed the relationship between sports-related concussion and ...
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  • Introduction Information of STEMTRA to Clinicians

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 12-Jun-2016

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in motor impairments that persist indefinitely. Longitudinal follow-up of patients with severe TBI with motor impairment indicates that recovery occurs primarily in the first six months post-trauma 1. This suggests that patients with motor impairments persisting for more than six months after the trauma may endure a life-long burden of disability. The ...
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  • Scarlett Law Group Encourages the Community to Attend the 2016 Walk for Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 30-May-2016

    Our San Francisco traumatic brain injury lawyers at the Scarlett Law Group are pleased to announce that the Brain Injury Association of California will be hosting their 9 th Annual Walk for Brain Injury in San Francisco on July 16, 2016. The event will be held at the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center, which can be found at the address listed below: 207 Skyline Boulevard San Francisco, ...
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  • Developing Goals for Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 24-Mar-2016

    After a traumatic brain injury, developing goals in a rehabilitative setting can feel like a daunting task. You might wonder if you will ever get back to your “normal” self and may even have trouble remembering exactly who you were before your accident or injury. Your rehabilitation team can and will help you find a place to start. Whether it’s your physician, physical therapist, ...
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  • How Common are Thyroid Disorders after Childhood TBI?

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 16-Mar-2016

    Neuroendocrine dysfunction is a common consequence that can progress from several months to years after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI sustained in childhood is often associated with disorders such as hypopituitarism and abnormalities in thyroid function later in life. As a result of the time lapse between the injury and a neuroendocrine diagnosis, it can be difficult to connect a cause and ...
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  • Join Scarlett Law Group at Friday's "Over the Edge" Event

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 15-Mar-2016

    The Scarlett Law Group is going “over the edge” for the Brain Injury Association of California! We invite you to join us at the Over the Edge for Brain Injury event, sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of California, which will take place this Friday, March 18, 2016. During the event, which will be held at the Residence Inn by Marriott at Capitol Park, 76 participants will rappel ...
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  • Don't Miss the Upcoming BIACAL Concussion Symposium

    Posted By The Scarlett Law Group || 29-Feb-2016

    As San Francisco brain injury lawyers, we have seen firsthand how dramatically a life can change after a serious accident. With hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering brain injuries every year, we believe that the work of organizations like BIACAL is extremely important. In an effort to spread public awareness of concussion, the most common type of brain injury, BIACAL is hosting an ...
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