Young People with TBI in Nursing Homes

The magic of 18 is more than a coming of age event for a young person with a brain injury living in a residential care facility. That birthday may signal placement in a skilled nursing facility filled with older adults, isolating them from peers, school, family and the community. Young people with severe disabilities resulting […]

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New Measures for Brain Injury

Medpage today’s John Gever reports that a new MRI innovation called diffusion tensor tractography will allow for improved measurements of multifocal nerve damage within the brain. Researchers share that this technology may help track the progress and help predict outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury. Gever (2008) reports: In an interview, Dr. Diaz-Arrastia said the […]

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Ingredients for the Perfect Storm

On a daily basis, through the newspapers and television, we hear and read stories about the problems faced by veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with physical and psychological problems. At the APA conference this week the problem of 300,000 military members with PTSD was presented. Last week the number of drug overdoses, intentional and […]

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Treatment Concerns for Returning Soldiers Continue

Returning soldiers with brain injuries and other disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and mental health problems are at risk while they are in treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals. At the Army hospitals serving our injured military personnel there have been 15 deaths of soldiers due to drug overdoses […]

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VA Still Experiencing Problems Meeting the Needs of Veterans with Brain Injury

A recent story by Hope Yen, states that veteran’s needs post-TBI are still not being met. After a study of 52 VA TBI patients during a seven month post injury period in 2004, and the 2006 IG review which found problems 16 months post injury, the VA had promised to address the shortcomings. The article […]

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Deep Brain Stimulation Treats Depression

John Gever reports in Medpage today that a recent study shows that deep brain stimulation may work to alleviate severe depression. In this study the 17 patients received a Medtronic Soletra implantable pulse generator, 1 of which did not complete the study. According to Ali R. Rezai, M.D. of the Cleveland Clinic, “eight of the […]

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Mental Health and Brain Injury Issues for Returning Vets: Astonishing Numbers

The RAND Institute issued a comprehensive study of mental health issues and brain injury problems experienced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. According to the study nearly 20% of the returning veterans (300,000 soldiers) report symptoms of PTSD or major depression. Slightly more than half have received treatment. The study also revealed that 19% report a […]

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Stroke Patients Under Neurologists’ Care Have Better Outcomes

Medpage Today’s John Gever reports that individual’s suffering from stroke fair better if their primary care physician is a neurologist, stating they “were less likely to die or need a second hospitalization.” While the study showed no significant differences in mortality rates while in the hospital, it did show that neurologists tend to keep patients […]

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Progressive Inflammatory Neuropathy Syndrome

Two dozen Midwestern pork plant workers have suffered from “mysterious neurological symptoms”. The workers were exposed to aerosolized pig brains, which appears to have caused an autoimmune reaction. This is not a localized event. The story, published in Med Page Today, reports that 18 workers in Minnesota, 5 in Indiana, and 1 in Nebraska have […]

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The Brain Injury Association of Iowa says Thankyou

Proof that advocacy works. In a recent Blog, I shared that BIA Iowa was asking for residents of Iowa to contact their state representatives to gather support for sufficient allocation of funds for survivors of brain injury. On that note I received the following email on Friday, showing that the voices of Iowa’s constituents were […]

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