WWE Wrestler Turns into TBI Advocate

They slam each other into poles, drop-kick their rivals in the face, and get tossed around the ring like rag dolls. It's no surprise to anyone that professional wrestlers are susceptible to brain injury, but now one wrestler, Chris Nowinski, aka WWE wrestler Chris Harvard, is speaking up. "The sky would change colors, or I […]

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More Advances in Minimally Conscious States

The media is all-abuzz about the possibility of a "pacemaker" for the brain–and appropriately so. For six years, a tube-fed minimally conscious man hasn't been able to evidence much independence, but after a new implant that stimulates brain activity, he's doing things that nobody could've expected. According to the patient's mother, the responses are nothing […]

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Hidden Epidemic: A Film About Post-Concussion Syndrome

I predict that in the oncoming years, there's going to be an increasing interest and response to PCS, post-concussion syndrome. It's going to be a major concern among athletes, and sports like football and boxing are going to have to take the matter into serious consideration as a result. One of the first films to […]

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Sports, Concussion and Depression

In a forthcoming study to appear in the Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine of 595 football players who experienced three or more concussions, 20.2% were found to have depression. The National Football League has refuted the survey results and attacked the methodology of the study. The facts speak louder than the attack […]

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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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