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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Army clarifies standards for awarding of Purple Heart for mild TBI
From The Stars & Stripes:
The Army on Friday issued a directive clarifying standards for awarding the Purple Heart medal to soldiers with mild traumatic brain injury.
The instruction follows a recent change by the Marine Corps that removed the requirement that Marines be knocked unconscious to qualify for a Purple Heart for TBI, a potentially debilitating condition often caused by blasts.
The Army did not explicitly require loss of consciousness to qualify, but Pentagon officials said there has been uncertainty over the medal standard throughout the services.
To qualify, the announcement said, soldiers must have required treatment from a medical officer – even if one was not available – for concussion, loss of consciousness, memory loss or other symptoms of mild TBI. Types of treatment that would meet the standard for the award include limitation of duty and administration of pain medication.
For soldiers who want to be reconsidered for the medal, instructions for applying retroactively for the Purple Heart medal were issued in Milper Message 11-125 and were expected to be posted soon on the Army Human Resources website at: http://www.hrc.army.mil.Read original article.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Determining Extent of Brain Injuries
From The Republic:
Continue reading for more developments in TBI research.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Parkinson's Disease and Dreams
From the Huffington Post:
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Brain Injury and Depression: Physicians Working in the Dark
From MedScape Today:
Despite the fact that depression after traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects up to 30% of patients — or approximately 360,000 individuals annually — an extensive analysis reveals a stunning lack of research into effective treatments.Keep reading.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Depression Common After Brain Injury
From U.S. News and World Report: Nearly one-third of people who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will experience depression after the injury, a new study finds.
A team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center analyzed existing research on blunt force trauma head injuries suffered by civilians in traffic accidents, falls, sports and assaults.
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"Any patient who has a traumatic brain injury is at a real risk for developing depression, short and long term," study co-author Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui, an assistant professor in the trauma and surgical critical care division, said in a medical center news release.
"It doesn't matter where on the timeline that you check the patient population -- six months, 12 months, two years, five years -- the prevalence is always around 30 percent across the board."
The rate of depression in the general population is about 9 to 10 percent, Guillamondegui said.
Each year, U.S. hospital emergency departments treat 1.2 million cases of traumatic brain injury. These findings suggest that about 360,000 of those patients will suffer depression after their head injury.
The study authors said their findings about the high rate of post-injury depression are especially important considering the lack of research on whether antidepressants are a safe and effective treatment for brain-injured people.
The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about traumatic brain injury.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Parkinson's: Wrong Diagnosis!
Have you ever heard of NPH, or normal pressure hydrocephalus? I hadn't, so I found this report from ABC 30 in Fresno, CA, very informative:
This year, tens of thousands of Americans will face a devastating diagnosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, or dementia.Link to original article here.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Low-Intensity Exercise Improves Gait, Mobility in PD
From MedScape Today:
Results of a randomized trial suggest low-intensity treadmill walking for a longer duration is most effective in improving gait and mobility among patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).Keep reading.
Neurosurgeons Issue Position Statement on Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports at AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Denver
While there has been increased media coverage in the last year related to head injuries incurred in the NFL as well as in collegiate and high school football, there are many sports and recreational activities that cause serious head injury. “There is a huge need to build awareness, because far too many people, including children, are suffering serious and life-altering head injuries and the incidence is increasing,” said American Association of Neurological Surgeons President James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCS. Further, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates that repeated blows to the head incurred in some sports cause grave consequences, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy. There were an estimated 446,788 sports-related head injuries treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2009. This number represents an increase of nearly 95,000 sports-related injuries from the prior year.The Position Statement on Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports is posted here.
The AANS has in-depth information on sports-related head injury here.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Love in the Age of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
From the Huffington Post: Most traumatic brain injuries result in damage to the brain because the brain ricochets inside the skull during the impact of an accident. Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), also called "closed head injury" or "post-concussion syndrome," is a condition where an individual suffers a mild concussion, whiplash or blow to the head, and subsequently develops symptoms such as recurring head pain, cognitive difficulties, emotional and personality changes, hypersensitivity to light or sound, nerve damage, memory difficulties, etc.
Every couple has their "how'd you meet?" story. Ours is particularly useful because it offers both the story and a casual reminder that I actually did get a film made at one point in my illustrious career...This film, from a screenplay I co-wrote (with Patricia Royce) called "To Cross the Rubicon," was being produced in Seattle, and at some point early in the process I went to the company office and met the company attorney, Pete Wilke, Esq. Not long after, Mr. Wilke, Esq. negotiated my contract for the film, we fell in love, and on Oct. 1, 1990 we drove to the courthouse in Mount Vernon, Washington, where Judge Gerald Mullen postponed his lunch to solemnly don a long black robe, and in the company of our two witnesses, court secretary Pam Green and jovial bailiff Harold Johnson, we took our vows. I remember wondering if the whole courthouse/elopement scenario would feel generic and unemotional, but when Judge Mullen said, "The union into which you two are now about to enter is the closest and tenderest into which a human being can come," I was a goner.
Keep reading. I highly recommend it.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
What the Deuce: Adult cells again upset embryonic stem cell debate
From NW Missourian:
Genia Brin, mother of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, assisted Stanford University scientists in late March in breakthrough discoveries about Parkinson's disease. The scientists excised a dime-sized patch of skin from her upper arm, chemically matured the cells and watched them die. By replicating the process that naturally occurs in Parkinson's victims, they are one step closer to finding how the disease affects our brain cells.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Brain injury prevention: No excuse not to make this law
With all the strangeness and partisan battles going on in the Florida Legislature this session, there are still some worthy bills under consideration. One such bill is HB 301/SB 730. Definitely worth our support!
From St. Augustine.com:
Monday, April 04, 2011
Michael J. Fox Foundation and Polo Ralph Lauren create dog tags for Parkinson's Disease research
From The Los Angeles Times:
Just in time for Parkinson's Awareness Month (April), the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has partnered with Polo Ralph Lauren to create a limited-edition dog tag necklace to raise funds for the fight against the debilitating disease.
The nickel-plated brass tags, which are priced at $95 each at Polo Ralph Lauren in Beverly Hills and online, are engraved with quickie motivational quotes including “Be Inspired,” “Be Involved” and “Be Bold,” as well as the logo for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Ralph Lauren is donating 100% of the net proceeds for the dog tags to the foundation.
The unisex tags are a smart and stylish way to support a great cause.
-- Emili VesilindPhoto: Dog tags created by Polo Ralph Lauren for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Credit: Polo Ralph Lauren
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Brain scans suggest psychopaths could be treated
Here's another item from New Scientist (Health Section). It's interesting, but a little disturbing.
Keep reading. You might have to register at the site to read this article. Registration is free.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Computer network model finds Parkinson's tipping point
From New Scientist:
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