Toning Your Memory

One of the perks of attending numerous brain injury conferences is the access it gives you to the latest ideas and attitudes. I’ve heard “Cognitive Fitness” mentioned, but I hadn’t seen it in print until I came across a great article in Wired News. Here’s a great quote: “Most people’s idea of fitness stops at […]

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About Aphasia and Traumatic Brain Injury

Aphasia is an all too-common complication that affects many individuals with TBI. However, treatment for aphasia continues to be a hot topic among researchers. Here’s an excerpt from an article entitled “Understanding Aphasia: Loss of Lanuage Takes Many Forms” from the Texas Medical Center News: “Treatment advances in aphasia also are increasing, and are not […]

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Understanding MRIs

Family members often express frustration at not being able to understand MRIs, especially when it comes to brain injuries. While it does require a professional to interpret the results, there are helpful guides to understanding the basics of MRI. Here’s a great link to several .pdf and Powerpoint files on MRIs

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Researchers Learn How Brain Responds to TBI

Researchers at the University of Virginia have made recent strides in understanding how the brain responds to injury and stroke. Progress has been made by understanding how microglia–the brain’s “emergency response” cells–function to affect and assist in dealing with damaged tissue: “These cells are a whole lot more dynamic than we had thought,” said Dr. […]

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About Aggressive Behavior Following TBI

In a study conducted by Amane Tateno, Ricardo E. Jorge, and Robert G. Robinson of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, aggressive behavior was found in 33.7 percent of TBI patients and 11.5% of patients without TBI during the first six months after injury. Their paper, entitled “Clinical Correlates of Aggressive Behavior After Traumatic […]

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Abstinence from Meth Offers Partial Recovery

The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports in vol. 19 no. 4 that individuals who stop using methamphetamine for 9 months or longer have shown improvement on motor skills and memory testing: “The emerging pattern of these studies offers encouraging evidence that some of the destructive effects of methamphetamine abuse may be reversible. The brain […]

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Inhalant Abuse and TBI

The increase of inhalant abuse in the U.S. is giving rise to neurological damage. Even children as young as eight report that they have sniffed gasoline, lighter fluid, paint thinner, and other solvents. Inhalants are everywhere in our lives and include common household goods and office supplies. As drug abuse drops due to law enforcement […]

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Effects of Meditation on the Brain

From National Public Radio’s report on the neuroscience of meditation: “The neuroscientists hypothesize that regular meditation actually alters the way the brain is wired, and that these changes could be at the heart of claims that meditation can improve health and well-being.” Click here to read “Science Explores Meditation’s Effect on the Brain”

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What is Brain Plasticity?

Brain plasticity is one of the hottest topics in neuroscience research. The brain’s regenerative and flexible capacities are only now being observed and understood, but the field is expected to yield monumental findings in the future. Neuroscience consultant Kenneth A. Wesson explains: “Cortical plasticity refers to the brain ability to continue exercising its flexible nature […]

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SIS: Second Impact Syndrome

Athletes are particularly prone to Second Impact Syndrome, a brain injury that occurs as a result from a second concussion when the first one has not had enought time to heal. One of the dangers of SIS is the subtlety of the injury: “At the onset of SIS the athlete is usually stunned, but does […]

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