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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Can mouthguards and football helmets really prevent concussion?
From The Chicago Tribune:
The growing concern over concussions has ushered in new products designed to prevent or treat the mild traumatic brain injuries. But do any of them really work? Here's a look at some of the most common claims:
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Army to soldiers: Take concussions seriously
Saturday, June 25, 2011
CaringBridge Provides Unique Online Service to Families in Crisis
CaringBridge is a unique online resource that provides an opportunity for families in crisis (usually medical) to create a free, private web site to keep family and friends updated about the patient's condition, while offering family and friends the opportunity to post words of encouragement and support throughout the ordeal. It has proven to be a valuable resource for many families. The following information was taken from the CaringBridge web site.
In 1997, founder Sona Mehring’s close friend suffered a life-threatening pregnancy. To keep family and friends informed about the critical situation, Sona created a website.The site allowed family members to communicate information to a wide circle of people without disturbing the mother’s need for rest or placing additional demands on hospital staff.
Fighting for their lives
Baby Brighid was born almost three months premature. With her mother in critical condition, the one-pound preemie was quickly rushed to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. The family posted daily news about mom and Brighid on the website. An accompanying online guestbook enabled visitors to send the family messages of love and encouragement.
Sadly, Brighid’s story does not have a happy ending. After a nine-day struggle against tremendous odds, she died in surgery.
An outpouring of love
The website allowed the family to convey this saddest of news without the painful burden of several emotional phone calls. The parents also had a place to post a final message to honor Brighid and their supportive online community.
Brighid’s death prompted an outpouring of loving messages to the family. They immediately understood that other patients dealing with the birth of a premature baby, childhood cancer or other critical illness would benefit from the same web resource.
A memorial fund, created in Brighid’s memory, enabled Children’s Hospital in St. Paul to dedicate a computer and Internet access for patients and families wishing to create their own online communities.
And CaringBridge was born.
A CaringBridge website helps keep loved ones informed during a significant health challenge.
It’s a meaningful way to help family and friends during life-changing events such as:
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Nerve cells grown from stem cells give new insight into Parkinson's
From Medical Xpress:
Oxford University researchers have succeeded in using stem cell technology to grow nerve cells in the laboratory from initial skin samples taken from Parkinson’s patients. It’s the first large-scale effort of its kind in the UK.Continue reading.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide
Here's an online book you might find helpful. It's the TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SURVIVAL GUIDE by Dr. Glen Johnson, Clinical Neuropsychologist.
Here's what Dr. Johnson has to say about the book:
This online book came from materials that I wrote for my patients and their family members. I basically used a copy machine and gave copies away for free. This book became very popular and over a thousand copies have been given out. It costs about $6 to copy the book another $3 to $4 to mail to people. The costs and time to send the books got out of hand. I decided not to publish the book. Few people would have access to the material and I would not be able to "update" or improve the material easily. Using the Internet, anyone with a computer could access this information. It is my sincere hope that the Internet version of my book would help the greatest number of people. Go to each chapter heading and click on it. Use your web browser to print any information that you find helpful. There is no charge for the information you copy.And here is the Table of Contents:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Brain Trauma Foundation
The Board of Directors for The Brain Trauma Foundation contains some names you might recognize, Sarah Jessica Parker and George Soros among them. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Jamshid Ghajar and the board of the Sunny von Bulow Coma and Head Trauma Research Foundation, it's primary mission is to support research on traumatic brain injury (TBI). The foundation's web site tag line is "We don't deliver the care, we make it better."
The site has information on concussions, comas, research, a TBI glossary, a FAQ on TBI news, statistics, the military, professional guidelines and links. I'm ashamed to say I've never heard of it before today, but it sure looks like they're doing some good work. Definitely worth a visit.
Visit the Brain Trauma Foundation.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Parkinson's patients show high melanoma risk: study
From The Independent:
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Dancing ballet 'can relieve Parkinson's symptoms'
From The Telegraph:
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Bomb Blast Damage Found in Brain Scans of GIs
From MedPage Today:
Neuron damage in explosion-related "mild" traumatic brain injuries can be more extensive than previously thought and is not necessarily related to the severity of clinical symptoms, researchers said.Continue reading.
Friday, June 03, 2011
Drifting Pesticides May Endanger People in Nearby Workplaces
From U.S. News & World Report:
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