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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Diabetes and Your Brain
According to the BBC News, "Failure to control type 2 diabetes may have a long-term impact on the brain, research has suggested."
Severe hypoglycaemic episodes - hypos - occur when blood sugar levels drop dangerously low. A University of Edinburgh team found they may lead to poorer memory and diminished brain power. The study, based on 1,066 people with type 2 diabetes aged between 60 and 75, was presented at a conference of the charity Diabetes UK.We will continue tracking this research. Because diabetes affects so many people, a direct correlation between it and brain function has staggering implications:
Diabetes now affects nearly 24 million people in the United States, an increase of more than 3 million in approximately two years, according to new 2007 prevalence data estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that nearly 8 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes.Read BBC article.
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Sunday, April 05, 2009
Blood Test For Brain Injuries Gains Momentum
From ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2009) —
A blood test that can help predict the seriousness of a head injury and detect the status of the blood-brain barrier is a step closer to reality, according to two recently published studies involving University of Rochester Medical Center researchers.Read article.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Florida Takes Serious Look at Brain Injury
From the Tallahassee Democrat:
Unemployment, incarceration and divorce can all be experienced by those suffering from traumatic brain injury.We'll try to get a copy of the five-year-plan and let you know more about it when we do.
Thom DeLilla, bureau chief of the Florida Department of Health Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program, said a lack of knowledge about the injury is another important issue that needs to be solved by the five-year plan.Well, Jack has been saying that since the mid 1980s. In fact, there were little or no resources available when Jack had his TBI. Although increased awareness and treatment options are what Jack's been fighting for these many years, it's a bittersweet victory that positive change, however delayed, is now in sight.
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