Girls & TBI: The Underreported Truth

When's the last time you read a story about sports concussions? If you're like me, within the last week–it's been all over the news lately. Now ask yourself this: when is the last time you read about a female getting a sports-related concussion? In some sports, girls actually sustain more brain injuries than boys, but […]

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A Forty Year Quest Leads to An Answer for Brain Injury Outcomes

Donald Stein, PhD. has worked for over forty years to identify a treatment for traumatic brain injury which could improve survivability and lead to improved clinical outcomes. Starting in animal research in the 1960's  Dr. Stein has toiled for years to identify an agent which could help heal an injured brain. Dr. Stein's research has […]

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Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope for MCS

A 38-year old man in a minimally conscious state (MCS) from a closed head injury experienced improvement following deep brain stimulation of the midline and adjacent thalamic nuclei. The individual was six years post injury and was inconsistently responsive. His MRI showed right frontal encephalomalacia and a right thalamic infarct. A functional PET scan showed […]

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Motorcyclists Give Me Nightmares

Last week, I was at a conference in St. Louis, sitting in a circle among several state head injury administrators, when the topic of helmet laws came up. Several of them commented that the helmet law had been repealed in their state, and the room filled with groans and smirks. Everyone in brain injury knows […]

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Brookhaven’s Seminar: Cognitive-communicative skills after traumatic brain injury

On Wednesday, September 5th, Dr. Lori Davis of the University of Tulsa spoke at Brookhaven Hospital on the subject of cognitive and communication issues after traumatic brain injury. Dr. Davis, a speech pathologist, addressed the relationship between speech and language problems and cognitive deficits caused by injury to the brain. Her presentation provided both rehab […]

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Dr. Lori Davis of the University of Tulsa spoke at the Brookhaven Seminar series on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 on Cognitive and Communication Issues After Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Davis, a speech pathologist, addressed the relationship between speech and language problems and the cognitive deficits caused by injury to the brain.Her presentation provided both rehab […]

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Sports and Concussions Redux

The murders committed by professional wrestler Randy Benoit and his subsequent suicide may be related to the multiple concussions Benoit experienced over the course of his wrestling career. Dr. Robert Cantu, a neurosurgeon from Concord, Massachusetts and member of Sports Legacy Institute, has conducted tests on sample tissues from Mr. Benoit’s brain. While Dr. Cantu […]

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Inspiring Thoughts from Neuroscientists

Sharpbrains.com has compiled a list of great quotes from 11 respected neuroscientists, each of them teeming with promise for better brain health in the future. Here's an excerpt: “Exercising our brains systematically is as important as exercising our bodies. In my experience, “Use it or lose it” should really be “Use it and get more […]

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Senator Tim Johnson Back After Brain Injury

Last December, US Senator Tim Johnson suffered a brain hemorrhage that sent political pundits postulating about the future of the senate. Today, he has returned to South Dakota–no small triumph after eight months of rehabilitation. The New York Times wrote: His face and speech clearly showed the effects of the trauma, but in assuring supporters […]

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Handheld Concussion Scanner in Works

Researchers at NYU have created a handheld device that can detect damage done by a concussion: BrainScope is made up of an adhesive strip that contains six electrodes that are connected to a small computer. When a head injury occurs in an individual, a medical first responder places the electrode strip on the injured patient's […]

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