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News about Brain Injury

  • Depression and Anxiety

    Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement. It often follows a personal loss or injury. It is not a sign of weakness nor does it represent a moral failing.

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  • Imaging Technique Could Help Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

    Faces Artist: Kelly FuenningA new application of an existing medical imaging technology could help predict long-term damage in patients with traumatic brain injury, according to a recent UC San Francisco study. The authors of the study analyzed brain scans using applied rapid automated resting state magnetoencephalography (MEG) imaging, a technique used to map brain activity by recording magnetic fields produced by natural electrical currents in the brain. They discovered "abnormally decreased functional connectivity" – or possible long-term brain damage – could persist years after a person suffers even a mild form of traumatic brain injury. "We were hoping that areas of abnormal brain activity would match up with some of the functional measures such as patients' symptoms after injury, and we saw such correlation," said senior author Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD, associate professor in residence at the UCSF School of Medicine.

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  • Concussions a delicate issue in high school sports

    Alexandria Walker still tires easily, and her twin brother Austin still gets headaches. The 15-year-old siblings suffered concussions while playing sports. Their case highlights how vulnerable young athletes are from the point they suffer a head injury to how and who treats them during their recovery process.

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  • America's Heros at Work- Veteran Resource Information

    Employers and workforce development professionals can play a powerful role in the recovery and rehabilitation of returning service members with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Often, the on-the-job challenges of TBI and PTSD can be addressed with simple supports such as alarm clocks, scheduled rest breaks, memory/time management aids, adaptive technology and lighting adjustments. Other promising practices include job sharing, coaching and mentoring programs. 

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  • New Test for Brain Injury on Horizon

    One of the most frustrating aspects of brain injuries is that they can be difficult to diagnose; emergency rooms can sometimes miss subtle symptoms, leading to improper treatment and potentially catastrophic consequences. Now, researchers are close to identifying so-called biomarkers that may soon make it possible to pinpoint brain injuries with a simple blood test. 

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  • Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs

    Any one of your students could take a spill, knock his/her head, and get a concussion in any number of school settings ranging from the hallway, the playground, the cafeteria, and beyond. That’s why—whether you’re a principal, school nurse, teacher or other school professional—the CDC and several other distinguished medical, educational, school-health and school-professional organizations encourage you to use the Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs materials. Download materials at the website

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  • Concussion Testing in Arizona- For Student Athletes

    The Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool is a test that can be taken from any computer with Web access. It takes about 8-15 minutes to complete. Athletes and/or parents can elect to share the results with their health care provider. To request an access code from Mayo Clinic to take the test, email concussion@mayo.edu. Concussion testing is recommended by the Arizona Interscholastic Association for all scholastic athletes. After a concussion, the test can be repeated multiple times, and doctors can then monitor the results of this test to determine when you can safely resume normal activities; for a student athlete, your sport and studies. 

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  • Helmet sensors providing data that may decrease brain injury

    For the past year, almost 7,000 sensors mounted on helmets in Iraq and Afghanistan have been collecting data on blast trauma from improvised explosive devices. 

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  • Enzymes Link Brain Injury to Alzheimer's Disease

    It's known that people who suffer a brain injury have a higher-than-normal risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and now lab experiments suggest a reason why. 

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  • Innovative Brain Therapies Offer Hope to Injured Troops

    Innovative therapies that have assisted previously comatose patients regain consciousness may be incorporated on a greater scale to treat troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, a brain injury expert said here today.

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