Insurgency Phase of Iraq War Increases Wound Severity

The severity of combat wounds in Iraq increased significantly when the war shifted from invasion to counter-insurgency. In the June issue of Archives of Surgery, Stacy Brethauer. M.D. reported that in comparison to the invasion phase there has been a 50% increase in the mean number of major injuries per patient and in the percentage […]

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Sleep Disturbance Among Veterans

Michael Smith reports that Insomnia appears to be a problem in our Iraq war veterans. In a presentation at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting, Dr Germain shared that “both subjective reports of sleep disturbances and objective measurement in a sleep lab show a pattern that more closely resembles people with chronic insomnia”. Dr Germain […]

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Virtual Tote Bags & Concussion Packets offered by Iowa

The virtual tote bag includes brochures, books, and a video DVD. The information is all available online and consists of information about Iowa’s family support network, protection and advocacy, as well as books ranging from assistive technology, to universal home design, as well as guides to help family members, friends, and employers understand Brain Injury. […]

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Your Brain on Advertising

The amygdala, when aroused by emotions such as fear, can override logic. The recent crop of political ads which are based on arousing a response at a subconscious level are powerful in terms of influencing what we think about the candidate, their opponent and the latent message. Drew Westen, Ph.D., a psychologist at Emory University […]

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Exposure Therapy vs. Cognitive Restructuring in Preventing PTSD

John Gever, MedPage Today, reports that a recent study shows that exposure therapy is better than cognitive restructuring when it comes to preventing PTSD. The study consisted of 90 patients who met the criteria for acute stress disorder – and had not been a victim of sexual assault, the 90 patients were then divided up […]

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Awareness of Social Inference

Katherine Rankin, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and assistant professor in the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco, has developed an innovative test known as the Awareness of Social Inference Test. The test, developed in 2002, uses videotaped vignettes of exchanges in which seemingly straightforward words are delivered in a overt sarcastic […]

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Where Sarcasm Resides

Katherine Rankin, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and assistant professor in the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco has developed an innovative test known as the Awareness of Social Inference Test. The test, developed in 2002, uses videotaped vignettes of exchanges in which the seemingly straightforward words are delivered in a overt […]

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Treatment planning for Senator Edward Kennedy

We all are in rapt attention to the surgery and treatment planning for Senator Edward Kennedy’s glioblastoma. In neurorehabilitation we look at brain function and know that the treatment for brain cancers leave individuals with deficits. Yesterday, the Senator underwent an awake craniotomy, a procedure designed to spare damage to areas of the brain responsible […]

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An Early Report on Senator Kennedy’s Glioma

We all are in rapt attention to the surgery and treatment planning for Senator Edward Kennedy’s glioblastoma. In neurorehabilitation, we look at brain function and know that the treatment for brain cancers leave individuals with deficits. Yesterday, the Senator underwent an awake craniotomy, a procedure designed to spare damage to areas of the brain responsible […]

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Health in the Trenches: The Occupational Therapist

The process of rehabilitation from a brain injury is rarely documented in video. A New York Times clip entitled “Health in the Trenches” depicts the challenges and triumphs of brain injury as told through Occupational Therapist Jodi Levin. Jodi discusses patient goals, recovery expectations, the regaining of independence, family involvement, and one patient’s story of […]

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