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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
New device helps Parkinson's patients swallow
From The Gainesville Sun:
Difficulty swallowing can lead to potentially deadly infections for those with the disease.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Study: Brain computes genders of faces differently depending on their location
From Wired.co.uk: The brain sees some faces as male when they appear in one part of a person's field of view and female when they appear in a different location, according to a discovery by neuroscientists at MIT and Harvard.
These findings go against a long-held theory of neuroscience, specifically that how the brain sees an object should not depend on where that object is located relative to the observer, says postdoctoral associate at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research Arash Afraz.
Afraz and two researchers from Harvard -- Patrick Cavanagh and Maryam Vaziri Pashkam -- described their findings in the 24 November issue of Current Biology.
The effect isn't noticeable in the real world because the brain draws upon other visual clues including clothing and hair style. However, when people were shown computer-generated faces stripped of any other features that might identify gender, patterns of gender bias emerge.
Photo credit: Wired UK
Friday, November 26, 2010
High-Cholesterol Diet May Be Linked To Brain Damage
From Better Health Research:
Scientists at the Laboratory of Psychiatry and Experimental Alzheimers Research have found that a chronic high-fat cholesterol diet may lead to brain damage.Read more.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Military helmets found insufficient
From the Columbia Daily Tribune:
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Helmet re-design could protect troops
From UPI.com: The design of the combat helmet worn by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan does little to protect troops from blast-related brain injury, researchers say.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigated traumatic brain injury, often called TBI or concussion, one of the most distinctive and difficult wounds sustained by troops, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
More than 188,000 cases have been diagnosed among troops who have served in the Middle East, military officials say.
Brain injuries from explosions occur when a soldier close to the blast is thrown against a wall or to the floor, causing "brain whiplash," neurosurgeon Jam Ghajar, president of the Brain Trauma Foundation, said.
But for many troops, brain trauma appears to occur without a direct blow to the head, leaving many experts wondering how the damage occurs.
The MIT research team says a design change could substantially improve the helmet's ability to reduce the risk of concussion in these cases.
A face shield, they say, would deflect the rippling force of an explosion away from the soft tissues of the face that could be transmitting the shock of the explosion into the skull and brain.
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Monday, November 22, 2010
Babies Born at Night at Higher Risk for Brain Disorders, Study Finds
A new study suggests that infants born during the night may be at higher risk of brain disorders than those born during daylight hours.Keep reading.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Most brain injury patients will suffer depression within a year
This is not happy news, but I believe it's important for caregivers and family members to know this.
From The Irish Medical Times:
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Exercise Your Brain in Social Game
From The New York Times:
Play Brain Odyssey here.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Smoking 3,000 Joints Is Bad for Your Brain, Study Finds
From AoLNews.com: A new study shows that subjects who began smoking pot before age 16 scored significantly worse on cognitive function tests than both nonsmokers and those who picked up the habit later in life.
The research, presented Monday at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, analyzed tests performed on 33 chronic marijuana smokers -- the scientific term for "stoner" -- and 26 nonsmokers. Lead researcher Staci Gruber and her team from the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital found that chronic smokers demonstrated an inability to retain a set of rules and repeated errors more frequently than the nonsmokers. (One wonders whether this explains why California failed to pass Proposition 19.)
"Even before any behavioral differences, we found that those who started smoking before 16 years old tended to smoke twice as often and three times the amount of marijuana in grams than chronic smokers who started smoking later in life," Gruber said.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Making Ads That Whisper to the Brain
From The New York Times:
WHAT happens in our brains when we watch a compelling TV commercial? For one thing, certain brain waves that correlate with heightened attention become more active, according to researchers who have used EEGs, or electroencephalographs, to study the brain’s electrical frequencies. Brain waves that signal less-focused attention, meanwhile, tend to subside.
But is it ethical?
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Video Looks at Brain-injured NY Veterans
From The North Country Gazette:
ALBANY– In recognition of Veterans Day and the sacrifices made by New York’s veterans, the state’s Department of Health has released the video, “Coming Home”, a personal view into the lives of veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the services available to help in their recovery.
“This video is a moving tribute to the sacrifices veterans and service members have made and the challenges faced by those who have experienced a traumatic brain injury,” said Commissioner Richard Daines. “This video will benefit all individuals with TBI and their family members, as well as those who have served in the military.”
The video was produced by the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Coming Home captures — in their own words — the courage and resilience of veterans who sustain a TBI in service to their country and how that changes their lives and the lives of their families,” said BIANYS Executive Director Judith Avner.
The video is narrated by Lee Woodruff, author and wife of ABC News Reporter Bob Woodruff, who sustained a head injury in 2006 while covering the war in Iraq when the Army tank he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb; and by Dave Hughes, an advocate for individuals with TBIs who sustained a brain injury in 1992, shortening his once successful radio career.
Copies of the DVD and further information may be obtained from the Brain Injury Association at 1-800-228-8201.North Country Gazette.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Caregivers of Veterans Face Greater Stress, More Years of Care Than the National Average, Yet Are Proud to Serve
From The Wall Street Journal:
WASHINGTON, Nov 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The first national study to give a voice to family caregivers of veterans reveals that they are twice as likely as family caregivers(1) of adults overall to consider their situation highly stressful, and yet 94 percent of them are proud to serve.
The study, released today by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and funded by United Health Foundation, finds that family caregivers of veterans face a higher burden of care, both in intensity and duration, often supporting a spouse or partner over a longer period of time than typical family caregivers. These caregivers also are predominantly women (96 percent) compared to the national average (65 percent), and many make sacrifices to their own health and jobs to care for their loved ones.
The Caregivers of Veterans - Serving on the Homefront study is the first in-depth look at family caregivers of veterans and provides unique insights into the effects of caregiving for a veteran on the caregivers' own health, work and home life. The study also provides a look at caregiving across the age spectrum representing caregivers of veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"The family caregivers who serve our country's veterans are making huge sacrifices in terms of their own health, careers and home life," said Reed Tuckson, M.D., United Health Foundation board member and executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group. "The data indicate that these 'homefront heroes' are proud to serve in the role of caregiver for their loved ones. Yet it is incumbent upon all of us to help them find support and solutions to preserve their own health and well being, as well as that of the veteran. It is important that relatives, friends, and neighbors seek out opportunities to provide respite and other supportive services to these caregivers."
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs projects that there are more than 23 million U.S. veterans. A previous NAC study on caregiving nationwide found that more than 10 million people are caring for a veteran, and nearly seven million of them are veterans themselves.
Veterans Day: The Misunderstood Mental Health Consequences of War
From The Huffington Post:
Fish oil could protect against stroke brain injury
From Serious Law:
Doctors may be able to limit brain injury resulting from stroke by administering a fish oil component to patients.
Docosahexaenoic acid can be used to protect brain tissue against the damaging impacts of ischemic stroke, according to scientists at the Louisiana State University.
Researchers found that this extract from fish provides protection to key brain tissue, even if administered up to five hours after stroke.
Commenting on the findings published in the Translational Stroke Research journal, lead researcher Dr Nicolas Bazan said: "There is no simple solution just yet, but each new discovery brings us closer to defeating stroke and other debilitating neurodegenerative diseases.
"We are in an unprecedented time, from a public health point of view, in regards to tackling stroke and other neurodegenerative disorders."
Meanwhile, recent research published in Archives of Neurology indicated that a quarter of patients stop taking medication within three months of hospitalisation for acute stroke.Serious Law, award winning brain injury law firm.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Wounded Warrior Traumatic Brain Injury Project seeks 17 soldiers for free program
From The Grand Rapids Press:
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Wounded Warrior Traumatic Brain Injury Project is offering free physical and psychological care to soldiers who sustained traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan or Iraq during the past two years.
Organizers of the project announced today that they are recruiting 17 soldiers to participate in the program, a partnership between Grand Valley State University and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The program, funded with a $1.279 million grant from the Department of Defense, is a research project that involves training specifically geared to patients with a military background."We're excited about this," said Dr. Jacobus Donders, chief psychologist at Mary Free Bed. "All the people hired for this project are hired from within. The main motive for most is they either have family members in the military or they feel strongly the need to support our troops."
Monday, November 08, 2010
Professor Tracks Injuries With Aim of Prevention
From The New York Times: The man with perhaps the most gruesome job in sports was unenviably busy. While other football fans spent the last weekend of October watching games, the 74-year-old retiree prepared still more formal inquiries into events that occupy him more than anyone would prefer — two high school football tragedies.
He gathered information from Web searches and e-mailed questionnaires to the National Federation of State High School Associations. The linebacker outside Kansas City, Kan., who collapsed from an apparent brain injury and died the next morning. The junior-varsity defensive back from Fresno, Calif., who was sent to a hospital and into a coma by a hit that caused massive brain swelling.
Fred Mueller has almost singlehandedly run the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research at the University of North Carolina for 30 years, logging and analyzing more than 1,000 fatal, paralytic or otherwise ghastly injuries in sports from peewees to the pros. His work has repeatedly improved safety for young athletes by identifying patterns that lead to changes in rules, field dimensions and more.
Friday, November 05, 2010
TBI: Brain Injury and War
EUGENE, Ore. -- It's a wound few understand or even see: Many of Oregon's service members are coming home forever changed by Traumatic Brain Injury, known as TBI for short.
In World War II, brain injury was caused by blunt force or by flying shrapnel. Even in the Revolutionary War, cannon blasts were the threat.
Although brain injuries were part of warfare before Iraq and Afghanistan, we still don't know much about TBI. Also, because doctors have become so good at saving lives, many more troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are surviving explosions and returning home with this mysterious injury.
During Bravo Company's 15 month deployment, they lived through massive IED explosions and mortar attacks on a daily basis. These blasts can send sound waves hurtling though the air at 1,600 feet per second, sending percussion waves through the heads of soldiers. "The first time it gets you," said Bravo Company's Julio Najara, "the first time you're like oh my God. You're like -- you freeze."
IED blasts killed four Bravo Company service members - and Stock says all of those who survived came home with brain injuries. "Brain injury and war go hand in hand," said Stock. "The percussion waves are so great they're throwing vehicles, throwing people as well as shrapnel."
Brain injury specialists say when shock waves from the blast travel through the heads of soldiers, tiny air bubbles are created in the brain tissue. And doctors say those bubbles can spontaneously pop even several months after an explosion.
"People without real serious looking wounds end up dying or nearly dying from blast wave exposure," said Oregon National Guard Major James Sardo. "The problem with TBI is that it's an internal injury, and someone could be seriously injured and look just fine."
Of the 1.6 million soldiers who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's estimated that 320,000 - or one in every five soldiers - came home brain injured.
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