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Sunday, June 27, 2010
Is Brain Slowdown the Source of Elderly Wisdom?
Okay, maybe it's because I'm on the downhill side of 50...okay, 60...but I liked the results of this research. If you're a member of AARP and/or getting "senior" perks for everything from drycleaning to cruising, I think you'll like it, too.
A slower brain may be a wiser brain.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Alzheimer's Project Cares About the Caregivers
During the six years that I've known Jack, I've come to understand the causes closest to his heart. One cause he's especially passionate about is getting help for caregivers. If you've spent any time on this site at all, you already know that Jack suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 1989, and he knows firsthand the tragic toll sometimes paid in caring for someone with such an injury. His own marriage eventually unraveled as a result of his accident.
According to HBO, which created a documentary series called The Alzheimer's Project, "There are currently 10 million Americans providing 8.5 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, according to an estimate from the Alzheimer's Association." One of the films is a 48-minute look at caregivers.
Alzheimer's can take a great toll on the physical and emotional well-being not just of the patient, but of the caregiver as well. "It's not uncommon for the caregiver to die before the patient. It's a 24/7 job and often the caregiver has no help. But it's a long haul, you can't live like that and survive. Caregivers must be able to find some respite..."In Tallahassee, we are fortunate to have an organization also called "The Alzheimer's Project." According to their web site:
The Alzheimer's Project is a non-profit organization funded by grants and private donations. The Alzheimer's Project is dedicated to providing relief to the caregivers of persons suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or other memory impairments. ALL services available to the caregivers are provided FREE of charge.From today's Tallahassee Democrat:
The Alzheimer's Project is a nonprofit organization that has been providing respite care for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients since 1991.In Tallahassee, we're lucky that at least two churches, St. Paul's United Methodist and Killearn United Methodist, have Alzheimer's Project programs in place.
The respite program at Killearn United Methodist Church opened in April. It's free and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month.Caregivers are often "on duty" 24/7. They get no sick leave, vacation time or holidays. They often feel alone. That's why organizations like "The Alzheimer's Project" deserve our support... and why we need more organizations like them.
Read the entire article and visit the web page for The Alzheimer's Project in Tallahassee.
Also of interest: The national Alzheimer's Association has a Caregiver Stress Check for persons taking care of someone with a disabling condition like Alzheimer's (or TBI). They also offer this page of resources, well worth checking out.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Congress Asks Military Leaders about Traumatic Brain Injuries
More on the military's failure to adequately diagnose and treat TBI's.
This from Pro Publica:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senators pressed senior military leaders today to improve their efforts to address traumatic brain injuries, suicide and other wounds suffered by soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Keep reading the article.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Too Many TBI's Remain Undiagnosed in Our Troops
From Pro Publica:
The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found.This is a long article but well worth the read. Also follow this link to see what happens "When Blasts Damage the Brain."
Read the entire article here.
Insurance Company Denies Rehab Coverage to Teenage TBI Victim in Florida
From Nicole Howley, Nationwide Injury and Legal News:
Whether the parents should have their own heads examined for giving him permission to race in the first place is a question for another day. The issue here is that he did race, was severely injured, and now the insurance company won't pay for rehab. We know from experience, both anecdotal and personal, that people with TBI's can and do improve, often long after medical science says is possible. Not knowing the specifics of Casey's case, we can't offer an informed opinion, but we can say that insurance companies (read "bottom line") too often give up too soon. Until we know more, we're with the parents on this, and we wish them luck.
Original article is here.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Risks for TBI's in Children Goes Up During Summer Months
With summer upon us, we are sure to see children engaged in sports and recreational play such as baseball, soccer, bike riding, Rollerblading, swimming and skate boarding. This should raise the issue of safety for our children and our need to be aware of hazards and preventions.Keep reading the article.
Can 1/2 Hour a Day of Cell Phone Use Cause Brain Cancer?
From The Daily Mail online: This week, research concluded that just half an hour spent on your mobile every day could raise your risk of developing brain cancer by as much as 40 per cent.
the £15 million, decade-long study was carried out on more than 5,000 men and women with brain tumours from 13 different countries, as well as a similar number of healthy people, all of whom were interviewed about their phone habits.
The researchers - scientists from around the globe who worked together for the World Health Organisation's interphone report - found increased risks among those who used their phones the most.
The frequent users were also more likely to suffer a tumour on the same side of their brain to the ear they used for phone calls.
More worrying still, a separate study by an American environmental lobby group put the risk 25 per cent higher, while warning of a 'brain tumour pandemic' in years to come.
Lloyd Morgan, of America's Environmental health trust lobby group, said all the risk levels suggested by the interphone report should be increased significantly. He warned: 'What we have discovered indicates there is going to be one hell of a brain tumour pandemic unless people are warned and encouraged to change current cell phone use.'
Yet, confusingly, UK cancer charities dismissed the group's claims as ' overblown', saying national brain cancer rates had not increased in proportion to 'skyrocketing' phone use.
And Professor Anthony Swerdlow, who led one of the two British research teams involved in the interphone report, insisted: 'i've still seen no convincing evidence that brain cancers are caused by radi o frequencies.'
Scientists fear it could be another decade before we learn who's right. in the meantime, sales of mobile phones continue to soar, with an estimated 40 million
people now fully fledged mobile users, some of them children as young as five.
Keep reading the article.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Can prismatic eyeglass lenses reduce TBI symptoms?
Health Jockey reports that:
A latest study highlights that symptoms of headache, dizziness and anxiety in some patients with traumatic brain injury may potentially increase or may be completely discarded with the help of particular eyeglass lenses that contain prisms. The experts included doctors from three southeast Michigan hospitals and one in private practice. They involved 43 patients with TBI for the study. It was revealed that TBI causes misalignment of the visual image or vertical heterophoria.Keep reading the article.
The Real Costs of the "War on Terror"
As the nine-year “War on Terror” rages onward, high suicide rates, multiple deployments and lack of psychological treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) alarms military personnel and many point to the real cost of the Middle East offensive will be health care after the war has ended. This disparity will likely exact a large toll on the nation’s military readiness in future conflicts.Read the entire article.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Blood-chilling device could save stroke victims from brain damage
From Science News:
A tiny device placed inside a central vein can safely refrigerate blood as it flows through stroke patients, lowering their temperature and raising the possibility that they might gain brain protection from hypothermia without having to be packed in ice.
In Canada, June is Brain Injury Awareness Month
In the U.S., March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, but our neighbor to the north sets aside June of each year to draw awareness to a wound that recognizes no borders. The Brain Injury Association of Canada is a great resource for our Canadian readers. Its Web site has lots of information about brain injuries, how to prevent them, and links to local resources. Please check them out if you or anyone you know lives in Canada with a brain injury.
From The Brain Injury Association of Canada: The Brain Injury Association of Canada, its partners and community of survivors, caregivers and health professionals, designates June as National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada to highlight awareness on the effects and causes of acquired brain injury across Canada. It is estimated that close to 4% of Canadians are living with an acquired brain injury.
As incredible as this may sound, brain injury in Canada is a silent epidemic. In Canada, brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44. Statistics further indicate that incidences are two times greater within the male population.Continue reading.
ThinkFirst is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries that has been in operation over 17 years. It was founded by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator.
Currently, there are nineteen local Chapters across the country, all managed by volunteers (medical professionals, teachers, coaches, and injury survivors). By using programs in their local communities, the chapters try to raise awareness of ways to avoid brain and spinal cord injuries.
Visit their Web site for more information.
From The Times and Transcript: Brain injuries can occur suddenly and without warning, affecting everyone from one to 99. "In an instant, life is changed forever," says the Brain Injury Association of New Brunswick. Brain injury can happen in endless ways from motor vehicle crashes and sporting events, to slipping on ice or shaken baby syndrome, the group explains.
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month with the first week designated Disabilities Week... It's estimated that thousands of Canadian suffer traumatic brain injury each year with young adults representing the majority.
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