Problems Persist for Returning Vets

Last week, the New York Times reported that the military's medical tracking system, known as the Joint Patient Tracking Application, is replete with shortcomings: "The Defense Department's inability to get all hospitals to use the system has routinely forced thousands of wounded soldiers to endure long waits for treatment, the officials said, and exposed others […]

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New Medications Trials for TBI related Seizures

Two drug trials offer promise in controlling seizures which occur in 25% of moderate and severe brain injuries with even higher numbers, approaching 50%, for war related injuries. Topamax and Keppra are being used as  prophylactic measures in these two studies to prevent  seizure disorders from developing.  Seizures can appear as cognitive or behavioral events […]

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Brain injury affects moral choices

Researches from the University of Iowa have determined that injuries to the ventromedial area of the frontal cortex can affect moral choices. While testing injured and non-injured participants, researchers learned that those with the brain injury had difficulty making moral choices involving life or death scenarios: The difference was very clear for all the ventromedial […]

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2007 Doctor Wolter Verduyn Award Recipient Announced

And the winner goes to… our very own Dr. Rolf Gainer. At this year'sannual Brain Injury of Iowa Conference, Dr. Gainer received theprestigious Wolter Verduyn speaker's award for excellence infurthering brain injury education and research through public talks. His presentation, "Rehab Outside the Box" offered audience members aninfo-packed understanding of the lifetime needs and challenges […]

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Iowa Brain Injury Conference Celebrates Fifteen Years

The Brain Injury Association of Iowa’s Best Practices in Brain Injury Service Delivery: XV occurred last week in Des Moines. The conference hosted over 300 brain injury professionals and consumers marking the fifteenth anniversary of the conference. The event was extremely well planned and a high quality conference in all respects. The featured conference faculty […]

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At the Annual BIA Conference in Des Moines, IA

This week, Dr. Rolf Gainer and I will each offer presentations atIowa's annual Brain Injury Association conferences. On Thursdaymorning, I'll deliver a break-out session talk called "The Pipeline:One Soldier's Ride Down the Military's Medical Megaride," whichfocuses on the medical care of brain injured veterans as they movethrough the military's treatment path. During Friday's general session, […]

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Back from Iraq: An Accurate Picture

This past year, I've been researching the treatment path ofservicemembers who return from Iraq with brain injuries. During thepast two weeks, the issue has gained national attention, but there isan incorrect assumption being drawn. The VA is not the scapegoat in this predicament. It is a terriblemisfortune that it has taken a crisis this big […]

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Helmets and Gloves: A Risky Game

Physicians in Canada have noted concussive injuries as a result of “locker boxing”. The individuals who were injured reported that they wore either hockey or lacrosse gear with helmets with cages and gloves and would repeatedly strike another on the head in a test of toughness. The concussive injuries were difficult to diagnose as no […]

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Advances Can Reverse Brain Herniation

The results of preliminary study by Robert Stevens, MD of Johns Hopkins showed promise in reversing brain herniation caused by trauma. Over a four year period 76 individuals with transtentorial herniation were treated with a 23.4% hypertonic saline bolus. In 57 of the cases herniation was reversed. Dr. Stevens noted that “herniation is a reversible […]

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Colorado Links Brain Injury Funds With Helmet Fines

In a daring move, Colorado voters might encourage TBI prevention byforcing riders to wear helmets–and if they don’t, a portion of theirfines could go to a brain injury trust fund. “Her bill, which now will be debated by the full House, would prohibita person under 18 from riding on a motorcycle or motorized bicyclewithout an […]

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