Arkansas CMSA Conference

Arkansas CMSA Conference

This week found me at the Arkansas Case Management Society of America’s annual shindig for providers–the theme, as you may guess from the Pink Panther pic below, was Crime Scene Investigations. According to the national CMSA, “case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy for options and services to meet an […]

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Going Backwards in TBI

Every so often, I come across news clips like the following:” A provider of brain injury rehabilitation services is closing its South Portland center, blaming reductions in the state’s Medicaid program. The Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation said its clinic on John Roberts Road will shut its doors Friday. About 38 clients will be affected, […]

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Blood Test for TBI on the Horizon

Researchers at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute recently found that soon we may be able to detect the severity of a brain injury by testing blood samples soon after the injury occurs. The theory goes something like this: when a TBI occurs, the injured brain cells release a chemical, and by measuring that […]

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Clooney’s TBI Caused Excruciating Pain

Popular film star George Clooney has recently disclosed a year-long bout with a brain injury resulting from an accident he suffered during the filming of the movie “Syriana.” Various news reports indicate the he tore the dura surrounding his spinal cord, which began leaking fluid. He also sustained what he calls a “bruised brain” which […]

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Fifth Inter Urban ABI Conference

This year, the Fifth Inter Urban ABI Conference was held in Peterborough, Ontario from October 19th to the 21st. The Inter Urban conference alternates annually with the ABI Network conference to create an informational forum for individuals who are living with a brain injury, their families, and rehabilitation professionals throughout Ontario. This year’s theme of […]

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TBI: Does It Cause More Damage the Suspected?

When it comes to brain injury, medicine is moving towards an increasingly integrated view of the brain. Nature Neuroscience has recently released some fascinating information regarding the scophttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.quote.gifinsert blockquotee and affect of a traumatic brain injury. In the past, we’ve known that damage to a certain area of the brain yields certain results, but there […]

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Avoiding Brain Injury at Birth

As a TBI case manager, I’m exposed to a wide variety of cases where people have received brain injuries at various points in their lives. One of the most tragic form of brain injury can occur at birth, when babies are deprived of oxygen shortly before birth or during delivery. The condition is called hypoxic […]

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Falls a Major Cause of TBI Among Elderly

From 1996 to 1999, the CDC conducted a series of investigations into brain injury and discovered shocking numbers related to TBIs among the elderly. Here’s a brief snippet of the kinds of information uncovered: “[The following pertains to California alone]Among those aged >85 years, three out of five hospitalizations resulted in a discharge to a […]

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Sports Concussion Assessment Tool

Earlier this month, medpagetoday.com posted an interesting article about a new assessment tool for the detection of concussions in athletes. Called DETECT (Display Enhanced Testing for Concussions and Mild Traumatic Brain System), the tool is supposed to be a 7-minute screen for injuries occuring immediately in the field. While the idea of providing immediate assessment […]

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Neuroprosthetics–a future brain injury aid?

Many TBI survivors must endure a host of impairments as a result of lost motor skills. Poor balance, uneven coordination, and paralysis are only too-common amongst the brain injured population. Until recently, neuroprosthetics were considered a costly and high-risk alternative to re-acquiring motor skills. Now, according the Nature magazine, researches are able to implant a […]

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