Learning Disabilities Linked to Progressive Aphasia

A recent study by Emily Rogalski, Ph.D., of Rush University Medical Center, and colleagues suggests that learning disabilities may be a precursor of later language loss in patients with primary progressive aphasia. Learning disorders were more common among such patients and their family members than among healthy controls or those with other dementias, they reported […]

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A Long Ago Brain Injury May Account for Today’s Problems

Researchers at the Brain Injury Research Center at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine are identifying previously unrecognized brain injury as the cause of many psychiatric problems. Wayne Gordon, the Center's Director and his team have identified high rates of "hidden brain injury"in individuals with other psychiatric and or addictions problems. The CDC acknowledges 5.3 […]

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Brain Injury and Long-Term Memory

A recent article in the U.S. News states that brain injury may not erase long-term memory. There’s ongoing debate about whether long term memory is always dependent on the medial temporal lobe, which contains the memory-processing center called the hippocampus. A study conducted by at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, supports […]

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Insulin Therapy and the Injured Brain

An article published on medpage today, states that intensive insulin therapy in the ICU may starve critically injured brains and potentially lead to further damage. Mauro Oddo, M.D. of Columbia University shares that “brain energy crisis” was 23% more likely with each 1 mmol/L decrease in systemic glucose and 10% more likely with each 1 […]

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Disclosing Disability During the Employment Process

Yesterday at Brookhaven Hospital and Neurological Rehabilitation Institute’s seminar, we were honored to have John Sassin as our guest speaker. He brought some interesting points to light. Should a person who is disabled, disclose that disability to potential employers or not? John defines disclosing as the deliberate informing of someone about one’s disability (at work), […]

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Brain Function in Borderline Personality Disorder

The cause of Borderline Personality Disorder has challenged researchers and clinicians for years. The hallmarks of Borderline Personality Disorder: a characteristic negative affective state; high reactivity and diminished ability to self-regulate emotion in previous neuropsychological studies have been attributed to orbitofrontal dysfunction. A study by Silbersweig et al published in the American Journal of Psychiatry […]

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A Modern Day Rip Van Winkle

After 19 years in a minimally conscious state, Terry Wallis regained consciousness. Researchers say that his nervous system essentially rewired itself. Terry suffered from a sever closed-head trauma and sever axonal shearing after a motor vehicle accident. Imaging studies suggested that his remarkable but glacially slow recover of some language skills and motor function was […]

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Stimulation of the hypothalamus can affect memory

Recent findings reported in the Annals of Neurology reveal that stimulation of the hypothalamus can affect memory. Recently, a fifty-year-old man, while undergoing deep-brain stimulation of the hypothalamus, had memories from thirty years prior flood back into his mind. According to Andres M. Lozano, M.D., Ph.D., of Toronto Western Hospital, three weeks of deep brain […]

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Scratching linked to activity in various regions of the brain

A recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has linked scratching to activity in various regions of the brain. According to Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., and research colleagues, certain areas of the brain increase in activity as a result of scratching while others decrease. Dr. Yosipovitch commented regarding the findings saying, “We know scratching […]

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Antiepileptic Drugs and Suicide Risk

The FDA has issued an alert that individuals who take antiepileptics have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In a review of 199 placebo-controlled studies of 11 antiepileptic drugs, the agency found that individuals taking a placebo had a .22% risk for suicidality; where as those taking the antiepileptic had a .43% risk. […]

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