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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia
From Web MD:
Dementia is the loss of mental functions -- such as thinking, memory, and reasoning -- that is severe enough to interfere with a person's daily functioning.
Dementia is not a disease itself, but rather a group of symptoms that are caused by various diseases or conditions. Symptoms can also include changes in personality, mood, and behavior.
In some cases, the dementia can be treated and cured because the cause is treatable. Examples of this include dementia caused by substance abuse (illicit drugs and alcohol), combinations of prescription medications, and hormone or vitamin imbalances.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Brain Injuries Increase Risk of Stroke
From Web M.D.:
People who have had a traumatic brain injury face a tenfold increase in the risk of having a stroke within three months, according to a new study.Read entire article.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Veterans Benefits Act Increases Coverage for Traumatic Brain Injury
From U.S. Politics Today:
The Act expands insurance coverage for veterans who suffered traumatic injuries and authorizes greater disability compensation for veterans with residual traumatic brain injury.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Head injuries in war, sports may boost dementia
From The Independent:
Brain injuries sustained on the battlefield and the gridiron of American football likely boost the risk of dementia later in life, according to two studies released Monday.Keep reading.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
TBI May Double Dementia Risk
Jack recently received some good news and some bad news. The good news is that he does not have Parkinson's Disease, as was diagnosed last year. That erroneous diagnosis was the result of three years of visits to doctors, specialists, tests, and more tests. It was a Parkinson's specialist at Shand's Hospital who delivered the good news. The bad news, however, is that he suffers the onset of dementia, one of the worst things Jack can imagine. He has always prized his independence, and fervently hoped that he would be able to continue to live independently. Maybe he will. Jack has defied the odds before. If I had to bet on this, I'd be putting my money on Jack.
From Internal Medicine News:
PARIS – Traumatic brain injury may double the risk of developing dementia, according to findings from a study of more than 280,000 U.S. veterans.Keep reading.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
NFL Sued by Ex Players Claiming Brain Injury Deceit
From The Hollywood Reporter:
The 75 plaintiffs claim the NFL knew the risks for 90 years but acknowledged them only a year ago.
With the NFL's four-month lockout likely to come to an end within days, the professional football league now finds in the midst of another PR nightmare.Original source.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Brain Injury Patients Face Double Injustice -- Trauma and Mounting Bills
From Fox News:
As many as 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injury each year in the U.S., and tens of thousands die. Those who survive are often left facing years of physical, occupational and speech therapy, mountains of bills and limited .
This also happened to a friend of mine over 20 years ago. Her beautiful 16-year-old daughter was seriously injured in an automobile accident and suffered brain damage. Their insurance policy had a $1 million cap which they blew through in the first year or so. The cost of medical care, therapy, rehab, etc was so expensive they had trouble processing it. Totally depleted family savings, broke up the family and harmed the mom's career because she had to devote so much time to her daughter's care. It was absolutely heartbreaking, and I don't think it's much better today. If anyone has a good story to tell about this, I'd like to hear it.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
How is it that people can recover from serious brain injury?
And why is it that some people recover and others do not?
From Science Alert:
The human brain is often referred to as the most complex organ on the planet. It is responsible for an incalculable number of tasks, thoughts and functions every second of everyday of our lives.Keep reading.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Risk Factors Predictive of Psychiatric Symptoms After Traumatic Brain Injury
New Rochelle, NY - A history of psychiatric illness such as depression or anxiety before a traumatic brain injury (TBI), together with other risk factors, are strongly predictive of post-TBI psychiatric disorders, according to an article published in Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
The article is available free online.Original source.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Is media's over-coverage of PTSD & TBI hurting veterans?
For years we've been praising the media's awakening pertaining to TBIs. Although we often noted its unfortunate genesis in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, we never considered this possible ramification of the extensive news coverage TBI has received in the last seven to eight years.
From the North County Times:
The media is double-timing down the wrong road in its pursuit of exposing post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, to the grave detriment of most young men and women leaving the military.
While the intentions are pure ---- to prevent combat veterans from being lost to mental health problems, as too many Vietnam veterans were ---- wrong for the right reasons is still wrong.
Journalism exists, in part, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comforted. Having missed the PTSD and TBI story 40 years ago, reporters dug in to prevent it from happening again.
And daily they uncover compelling stories. Just flip on the TV or open a paper and see for yourselves.
They are true, but are they the truth?
This publicity in the name of the good and true is a tainting lie and bad for the majority of veterans whom journalists have avowed to champion.
Here's the problem: For the sake of argument, let's say that 25 percent of combat troops suffer PTSD or TBI over the course of their lives. That means that 75 percent do not.
How does this media attention-deficit disorder play out when Sgt. Smith goes looking for a job in the civilian world after faithful service?
Very nearly 50 percent of the companies and corporations, according to a Society of Human Resource Management study, are worried that Sgt. Smith has PTSD or a TBI.
How could they not, after being beat over the head with such stories for a decade?
Saturday, July 09, 2011
A Team Approach To Parkinson's Disease Care
This sounds like a great idea, one that could be successfully utilized for many other multi-symptom conditions. I wonder why more hospitals don't offer something like this.
From DotMed News:
When it comes to treating Parkinson's disease, deciding which of the many treatments to choose can be overwhelming for both patients and caregivers; the number of doctors, specialists and treatment options available are numerous. While there is currently no cure for Parkinson's, treatment options include medications, surgical procedures and specialized therapies. Use of these treatments has been shown to improve the quality of life, but Parkinson's is a very individualized disease, and personal assessment is necessary for successful treatment. However, a personalized approach to treatment could involve services at multiple locations from multiple physicians, therapists, and other specialists.Keep reading.
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