Even lower impact football helmet hits can cause concussion

A recent study conducted by Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Ph.D. and colleagues at the University of North Carolina, implies that high-impact blows will not necessarily produce concussions, nor will keeping impacts at moderate levels necessarily avoid them. The team recorded 104,714 total impacts: 1,858 of which were over 80 g, and 13 concussions. Of the impacts […]

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Preliminary study on new seizure medication shows some promising results.

The study, using lacosamide, was conducted over a 12 week period, and consisted of 405 adults with epilepsy who had an average of four seizures a month, with no seizure free period longer than 21 days or more than 8 weeks before the study began. According to Ed Susman, “Lacosamide, an investigational anti-epilepsy drug, appears […]

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Caution on the slopes

Recent studies show a dramatic increase in the amount of Brain Injuries among snowboarders and skiers. Higher speeds, more jumps, and acrobatics are a major contributor to this phenomena. One study stated that head injuries account for 28% of injuries among skiers and 33.5% among snowboarders of which 69.4% were concussions, and 14.3% resulted in […]

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Patients with heterotopia have dyslexic like symptoms

According to a small study of cases and controls published in the December 4th issue of Neurology, patients with heterotopia have dyslexic like symptoms. Specifically, patients with heterotopia have an increase of white matter in the brain that coincides with decreased reading fluency. According to the study, increased white matter is a determinate factor in […]

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Envy and gloating confined to ventromedial prefrontal cortex

Emotions associated with social competitiveness may be linked to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, according to a recent study. The study used a sample of 48 patients with lesions in differing areas of the brain and 35 patients who were healthy as controls. The patients were asked to perform simple cognitive and affective tasks to discover […]

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Further Evidence to Neurological Problems in Mentally Disordered Offenders

The research of Dorothy Lewis, MD has pointed to the neurological problems in the offender populations. Doctors Lewis and Pincus studied juvenile offenders and adults in the "Death Row" population noting a high prevalence of neurological symptoms, including brain injury. In a study by Seyed Assadi, MD et al, Neurological Soft Signs in Mentally Disordered […]

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Neuroendocrine Effects of TBI

In the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience 19; 4, Fall 2007, Micol Rothman, MD and his co-authors presented their research on neuroendocrine dysfunction after traumatic brain injury,( Neuroendocrine Effects of TBI ). Rothman and his fellow researchers state that neuroendocrine problems are often under-diagnosed and under-treated and may play a large role in determining […]

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Historical Brain Injury Summit

This past weekend, I had the honor of being involved in a history-making brain injury summit, held by the Brain Injury Association of America and the North American Brain Injury Society. A collaborative, cross-system initiative, the conference was a gathering of the most respected minds in brain injury, and the aim of the meeting was […]

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The High Price of a Bump on the Head

In a recent blog, Mike Mason spoke of the problems a woman he knew was experiencing following a "mild brain injury" As his comments illustrate, there is nothing mild about mild brain injury. The effects may take years to be recognized and can include cognitive, psychological and behavioral features which serve to obscure the accurate […]

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Treating Parkinson’s at a Price

Recently, Dr. Rolf Gainer forward me a news article by AP writer Lauran Neergaard about brain implants being used for Parkinson's patients–and it brings up interesting implications in brain injury treatment. The electronic implants are supposed to suppress the Parkinson's palsy in patients, but the procedure comes with a nasty side-effect. Implanted patients are becoming […]

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