New Brain Injury Treatment Device on the Horizon?

Austin 8 News reports that a new medical device could improve brain injury treatment. The device created by PhotoThera is called NeuroThera and is currently undergoing clinical trials. The device is operated by a train clinician, and is used to stimulate the inactive mitochondria in brain cells via high-intensity infrared laser. The theory is that […]

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Do Some Drugs Increase the Risk for Suicide?

According to a recent article published in The New York Times, the debate over the potential suicidal side effects of drugs like Prozac, Paxil and anti-epileptics is still going on. Part of the problem is that, “the act itself is so rare – 1 in 10,000- that a series of drug trials cannot pickup enough […]

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Perception and Reality: Cultural Considerations

A study published in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Dr. Masuda and his colleagues addresses the issues of cultural differences in perception. The study highlights the differences between a person-centric bias which we see in the United States from a group-centric bias seen in Japan. To read […]

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Stories of Recovery

I recently posted a lecture presentation by a neurologist and researcher on this blog of her personal experience with a stroke. Her story is a most unusual and compelling example of direct observation. In the New York Times of March 15, 2008, Health section, I found 7 stories of people who have fought hard to […]

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Rising Fatalities for Older Bikers

Older motorcyclists are at a greater risk for having an accident which will result in injury or death and more of us are reliving our youth or getting on motorcycles for the first time. As we age, our reaction time slows down making those "skin of our teeth" escapes less likely to occur. Helmet use […]

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Iowa Action Alert

I just recently received an email from the Iowa Brain Injury Association sharing that Iowa legislation is proposing budget cuts that would put home and community based services for Iowan survivors of Brain Injury at risk. In order to prevent these reductions they are asking Iowans to contact their Senate Appropriations Subcommittee via phone calls […]

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The Link Between FTD and Artistic Ability

The New York Times recently published an article by Sandra Blakeslee called “ A Disease That Allowed Torrents of Creativity”. What disease are they writing about? FTD or Frontotemportal dementia, also referred to as Arnold Pick’s disease. Apparently, early stage FTD brings out the artistic side of some individuals, occurring as the frontal brain areas […]

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Traveling with a Disability Information

Traveling with a disability can place barriers in front of the traveler. Information on transportation, hotel, dining and community access can be hard to find. In a recent edition of a newsletter from Gluckstein and Associates, the issue of travel was featured with specific guidance from two disability consultants. The newsletter provided sound basic information […]

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Something to Enjoy

We all need to laugh. The blog "Of Two Minds" provides great material for laughing. Enjoy! http://scienceblogs.com/twominds/

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Head Cases: More than just a book

Last night I went to the book launch event for Michael Paul Mason's book, Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath. The event was to benefit the Oklahoma Brain Injury Association and was supported by donations from the proceeds of the book sales at the event which went to the Oklahoma Brain Injury […]

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