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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Small area of brain 'could be key to PTSD"
From Minnesota Public Radio:
A new study suggests that a small area of the brain, just above the right ear, could be the key to understanding how post traumatic stress disorder works.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Brain That Changed Everything
A long but fascinating article in Esquire Magazine by Luke Dittrich:
When a surgeon cut into Henry Molaison's skull to treat him for epilepsy, he inadvertently created the most important brain-research subject of our time — a man who could no longer remember, who taught us everything we know about memory. Six decades later, another daring researcher is cutting into Henry's brain. Another revolution in brain science is about to begin.
Monday, October 25, 2010
NFL Players With Concussions Sidelined Longer: Study
From U.S. News & World Report:
Concussions in professional football have been a hot topic of late: Just last week, the National Football League announced it would begin suspending players for illegal and dangerous hits that often result in head injuries. Now, a new 12-year study of NFL data suggests that in recent years, players have been sidelined significantly longer after concussions than they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s.Read more.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The 'Mommy Brain' Is Bigger: How Love Grows a New Mother's Brain
Take heart, new moms: you may be feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and distracted, but your brain is actually growing. Especially if you're the kind of mom who's been driving your friends and family mad by talking about how perfect, special and beautiful your new child is.Read more.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Troops with combat stress discharged, not treated, senator charges
From Kansas City Star:
Sunday, October 17, 2010
New blood test is good news, possible bad news for football
From NBC Sports:
On the front page of Friday's USA Today (yes, I go to the local market every morning to get a newspaper . . . on horseback) appears a story that could be very good news for football players.Not sure that maternal concern over concussions/brain injuries in their sons equates with worry over not having enough future players for the NFL, but that's a debate for another time (and with people more into football than I am).
Army finds simple blood test to identify mild brain trauma
From USA Today: The Army says it has discovered a simple blood test that can diagnose mild traumatic brain damage or concussion, a hard-to-detect injury that can affect young athletes, infants with "shaken baby syndrome" and combat troops.
"This is huge," said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff.
Army Col. Dallas Hack, who has oversight of the research, says recent data show the blood test, which looks for unique proteins that spill into the blood stream from damaged brain cells, accurately diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury in 34 patients.
Doctors can miss these injuries because the damage does not show up on imaging scans, and symptoms such as headaches or dizziness are ignored or downplayed by the victims.
If the brain is not allowed time to recover and a second concussion occurs, permanent damage may result. Brain injuries afflict 1.4 million Americans each year, says the National Brain Injury Association. Seventy percent are mild cases.
About 300,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered concussions, mostly from roadside bombs, according to a RAND Corp. study.
Hack says the new findings could rival the discovery of unique proteins in the 1970s that now help doctors identify heart disease.
"This will in fact do for brain injury what that test did for chest pain. It's going to change medicine entirely," Hack says.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury Legislation
From National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL):
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain due to a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating head injury. Approximately 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury annually with 52,000 dying. While most of these injuries are mild, resulting in short-term disruption, such as from a concussion, many are severe, resulting in prolonged unconsciousness or amnesia and occasionally leading to permanent disability or death. Prompt emergency response and appropriate trauma care is essential to survival and recovery from TBI. TBI is estimated to have direct and indirect costs of $60 billion to society annually on top of the emotional burden faced by family and friends of someone who suffers a TBI. Effective treatment for TBI sufferers can save money. Adherence to treatment guidelines for severely injured TBI patients costs about $2,500 per person but will save over $11,000 in direct medical costs.Read more.
Here is a map and synopsis of state laws on brain injury.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Novel Idea or Beyond Bad Taste?
Have no idea what our readers will make of this, but I personally think this is one of the worst fundraising ideas I've ever heard. It's hard to imagine that they didn't consider that someone just might be offended by this.
A New Zealand charity on Friday defended a planned charity "zombie walk" to raise money for people with brain injuries, denying it was comparing brain damage victims to the undead.So what do you think? Bad idea? Or am I being overly sensitive?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Get your children away from the TV - Physical fitness makes smarter brains
Want to raise healthy and smart children? Then don't allow them to be couch potatoes. Exercise, it turns out, does more than benefit the body and overall health -- physical fitness builds smarter brains in youngsters, too.Read more.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
300 athletes helping with brain injury studies
From the Associated Press:
Our servicemembers with TBI deserve nothing less than DoD's best
From The Hill:
The Department of Defense has made significant strides toward providing the comprehensive care that our servicemembers with Traumatic Brain Injury and their families need and deserve. These ongoing efforts are already noticeable at the National Naval Medical Center where servicemembers who have sustained severe TBI are treated by an integrated team of health-care providers whose goal is to improve the quality of life of their patients. In another example of collaboration, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center employs a multi-site network with DoD and Veterans Affairs hospitals to provide and improve TBI care for active duty military and veterans. This week, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence began seeing patients and their families dealing with traumatic brain injury concerns.Read more.
Monday, October 11, 2010
McMahon Cuts Red Tape for Veterans Suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries
Sunday, October 10, 2010
New federal guidelines aim to reduce risks of injury in youth sports
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Saturday, October 09, 2010
Brain injury victim locked up as cops make "serious mistakes"
From The Star in The United Kingdom:
Thursday, October 07, 2010
High-Strength Saline Fluid Fails in Brain Therapy
From The Wall Street Journal:
A treatment paramedics use for brain injuries was found ineffective, the latest promising therapy for such traumas to fail.Read more.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Parkinson's Disease -- Information at the Mayo Clinic
From The Mayo Clinic:
The symptoms of Parkinson's disease can vary from person to person. Early signs may be subtle and can go unnoticed. Symptoms typically begin on one side of the body and usually remain worse on that side even after symptoms begin to affect both sides. Parkinson's signs and symptoms may include:
When to see a doctor
The Mayo Clinic site has a lot of good information about Parkinson's Disease and its causes, risks, complications, treatment, etc. You might want to check it out.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury: Old epidemic, new damage
This is a multi-faceted look at traumatic brain injuries that we highly recommend. The following is just the opening, but the page is complete with lots of information, pictures, graphs, links, etc. Please check it out.
From The Why Files:
Football, war raise specter of new brain injuriesRead more.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Methamphetamine Provides Hope For Stroke And Brain Injury Victims
MISSOULA, Mont. -- A University of Montana researcher thinks he might be on to a big breakthrough when it comes to brain injuries and strokes. He's studying methamphetamine and how it affects healing in the brain.Read more.
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