Falling Between the Cracks in Healthcare: Reading and Wellness

In 2003 the U.S. Department of Education identified that 14% of the nation or 30 million people cannot read or understand basic information presented in short, simple statements. In another study 12% of the adults could not read or understand information in simple documents, including basic maps. Recently the issue of literacy has entered into […]

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Goodbye Clunky MRI, Hello Funky Helmet

Technology Review suggest that traditional brain scanning may be on its way out thanks to a strange looking helmet that shines a little light on the skull's inner workings. The device, worn on the head, may be able to quickly diagnose brain-related problems like Alzheimer's and epilepsy. Even medical giant Siemens is taking a serious […]

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Neurological Abuse Markers Save Babies

Brain injury in infants is a silent epidemic, especially if the cause of the brain trauma is abuse. Infants who are injured cannot speak for themselves and parents who have caused the injury are unlikely to come forward. Axela Biosensors, a Toronto based company, has developed a test to determine the presence of two proteins […]

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Homicidal Marine May Have Blast Injuries

In three tours of duty, Cpl. Trent D. Thomas suffered over 25 different incidents of blast injury–and now he strands trial at Camp Pendleton for the murder of an Iraqi man. Many of us know that brain injuries can unleash violent behavior, and Cpl. Thomas may indeed have a severe neurobehavioral problem on his hands. […]

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New Post at Second Chance to Live

For those of you who have enjoyed Craig Phillips' posts about living with a brain injury, he has some wonderful new writing up at his website, Second Chance to Live. Click here to visit.

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Robotics and Rehabilitation

The life of stroke patients can be improved with new rehabilitation technology in the form of robotics. A new device, worn as a brace, senses weak electrical activity in an individual's arm muscle and provides assistance to the arm to complete activities like extending and flexing the arm and performing simple functional skills, like flipping […]

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Everything You Want to Know About Brain Drugs

In an impressive and laudable display of foreward thinking and action, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology has put an entire textbook online that compiles all we currently know about how drugs affect the brain. The tome is a wealth of information, and now it's freely available as PDF files. Over 131 chapters detail the history […]

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Coma Documentary Debuts Tonight

For all of our neuroscientific advances, comas remain one of the most mysterious phases of traumatic brain injury. The HBO documentary "Coma" is an exploration into the enigmatic state. It follows the lives of four brain injury survivors and, from the looks of things, the show should be realistic and heartwrenching. Read more about HBO's […]

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Coaches Toolkit for Concussions Available

One young man I met several years ago sustained a concussion while he was participating in football practice. His coaches and parents didn't think much about the "knock on the head," that is, until he sustained another concussion four months later. The second concussion wiped out his memory, and today, the former athlete is permanently […]

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The Dash, by Craig Phillips

Several days ago, Ruth Bell Graham, Billy Graham's wife passed away. I was fortunate to watch some of the public service earlier today. Her live covered a span of 87 years. I listened to different members of her family as they eulogized her life. As one would expect, she created lasting memories and positively impacted […]

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