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Sunday, January 30, 2011
Pittsburgh hospital latest addition to brain injury study
From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Friday, January 28, 2011
Miami Project Researchers Hunt for Drugs to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury
From University of Miami Health System: W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., scientific director at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and professor of neurological surgery, neurology and cell biology and anatomy, and Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D., associate professor of neurological surgery, will serve as principal investigator and co-investigator, respectively, on a new U.S. Department of Defense grant consortium called “Operation Brain Trauma Therapy.”
Dietrich and Bramlett hope to identify and develop drugs that reduce swelling, improve blood flow, limit neuronal damage and prevent cognitive impairments after mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury.
“This new program will allow for a well orchestrated attack on traumatic brain injury and will identify new therapies for these devastating injuries,” said Dietrich.
In light of military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, finding new ways to treat blast and penetrating brain injuries is becoming increasingly important to military operations throughout the world.Traumatic brain injury also continues to be a major health problem in the United States with approximately 1.5 million cases each year.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Advances in treatment help more people survive severe injuries to the brain
From the Los Angeles Times:
In the 1946 issue of the Annals of Surgery, U.S. Army Maj. Ralph A. Munslow chronicled in exquisite detail the emergency care of 140 soldiers and civilians who suffered grievous head wounds — mainly from shell fragments — during the 5th Army's 1944 operation to seize and hold a beachhead in Anzio, Italy.Keep reading.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Senator Looking Into Pentagon Decision To Deny Brain-Injury Coverage For Troops
The head of a congressional subcommittee announced today that she is looking into why the Pentagon's health plan won't pay for veterans with traumatic brain injuries to receive an intensive form of rehabilitation.
Read the full story about McCaskill's letter at ProPublica's Web site.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Brain Injuries Haunt Football Players Years Later
A 2000 study that surveyed 1,090 former NFL players found that more than 60 percent had suffered at least one concussion during their career.Continue reading.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Spice and dye point toward better treatment for traumatic brain injuries
From the Medical College of Georgia:
An old Indian spice and a dye whose cousin makes sports drinks blue are pointing scientists toward better treatment of traumatic brain injuries.
Read the entire article.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Brain Injury Treatment and Giffords' Recovery
From Minnesota's ABC 6 News at kaalTV.com:
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords continues to improve after being shot in the head.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Man with brain injury falls through cracks of state aid
Patrick Monahan has come home to his mother, Laura Acosta, after five years at a residential facility for brain-injury victims in Carbondale, IL, because his 22nd birthday disqualified him from further state aid. This leaves Acosta with the nearly impossible choice of paying hundreds of dollars a day out of pocket or turning her household inside-out in an attempt to give him constant care.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Eleven years ago, an aneurysm left Acosta's son, Patrick Monahan, with a wounded brain and a dangerous lack of impulse control. He's friendly, funny, a devoted Bears fan, but his behavior is wildly unpredictable. He has heightened sexual urges, the result of a rare syndrome that developed after the brain injury, and cannot be left unattended.
Read the entire article.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Bigger Belly Linked to Smaller Brain
From AOL Health:
So you already know that the spare tire around your middle probably isn't good for your health, but it turns out, it isn't good for your mind either.Continue reading the article.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Impact Sensors to Be Placed in NFL Players' Helmets Next Season
From MedGadget: The National Football League (NFL) has announced that they will be launching a pilot program next season in which accelerometers will be placed in players' mouthpieces, earpieces, and helmets to analyze how blows to the head relate to the effects and severity of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. The data could potentially help team doctors diagnose the severity of a concussion within a few minutes. Collected long-term from groups of players, the impact data could help coaches and doctors determine how players get injured and the possible effects of such injuries. Such data could also help engineers design a better football helmet.
Visit Wired to read more.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Bob Woodruff Discusses Gabrielle Giffords' Recovery from Brain Injury
From ABC News:
It is hard to remember how I felt at that very moment when my life changed in an instant. Although I had covered wars for years as a journalist I never really thought about death, let alone traumatic brain injuries.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Arizona Congresswoman Giffords shot; doctors 'optimistic' about recovery chances
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Learn About Parkinson's Disease at Mayo
Jack believes The Mayo Clinic offers the best opportunity for help with his Parkinson's Disease. With that in mind, I thought we might look at the Mayo Parkinson's site, which is extensive.
It covers Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors and Complications. Some complications might include depressions, sleep problems, difficulty chewing and swallowing, urinary problems, constipation, and sexual dysfunction.
If you visit the Mayo Parkinson's site, you will find sections on Tests and Diagnoses as well as Treatments and Drugs.
I found Lifestyle and Home Remedies quite interesting. There is also an Alternative Medicine section that discusses topics like Massage, Yoga and Tai Chi.
If, like Jack, you're considering becoming a patient at Mayo, you might want to explore this section of their site. It contains more specific information for potential patients on topics like treatment, appointments, clinical trials, research and patient stories.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Leukemia drug may offer a way to fight Parkinson's
From Chron.com (Houston Chronicle):
A drug already used in some leukemia patients prevented brain cells linked to Parkinson's disease from being destroyed in mice, a finding that could point to a way to slow progression of the disease, San Antonio researchers are reporting.Continue reading.
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