Suicide Attempts Following Brain Injury: Preventing Harm

by Rolf B. Gainer, Ph.D. We know that a brain injury can set a person’s life into turmoil in terms of disruption to their pre-injury social relationships and status, cause depression and create feelings of worthlessness. All too often I have heard the person with a brain injury say: “I wish I died in the […]

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Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury

This week I am presenting on the topic of Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury at the Silent Wounds of War: Addressing the Needs of Our Returning Vets conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brain injury and the significant mental health problems (PTSD, suicide, depression and substance abuse) experienced by some veterans are coming to the forefront through […]

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An Injection to Repair Brain Injury?

According to an article in ScienceDaily, this just may come to pass in the not too distant future, thanks to findings by a Clemson University bioengineer. Ning Zhang, assistant professor of bioengineering, presented her findings at a recent Research Forum in Kansas City. Zhang shows that an injectable biomaterial gel may help brain tissue grow […]

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Post Head Injury Pituitary Workup?

Medpage today reports that new research suggests that moderate to severe brain trauma increases the risk of pituitary problems. Dr Raverot shares that the “results are preliminary, but they confirm the high risk for pituitary disorders after moderate to severe neurologic events, including traumatic brain injury and subarachnoid hemorrhage.” Ischemic stroke probably disturbs pituitary function, […]

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Estrogen may help with Brain Injury

Scientists at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth have been studying the effects of estrogen administered immediately post traumatic brain injury. According to Simpkins’ they have found that the rapid administration of estrogen can protect the brain following injury, and has actually protected against stroke and sudden cardiac arrest as […]

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Blasts and Brute Force May Be Same to Brain

A recent report from the New York Times suggests that blast-related brain injuries may share some similarities with the repeated concussions suffered by athletes in high-contact sports: “If protein deposits and tangles appear in the hippocampus area of the brain, for instance, then they would affect short-term memory; appearance in the frontal lobes could impair […]

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Epilepsy Risk Post Brain Injury

According to Medpage today a study by Jakob Christensen of Aarhus University Hospital and colleagues shows that there is an increased epilepsy risk for at least 10 years post brain injury. The researchers came to this conclusion after reviewing 1,605,216 medical records for those who had suffered a brain injury, skull fracture and epilepsy. They […]

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Real Reporting from a Brain Injured Journalist

One of the frustrating things about the media is how it depicts brain injury. Usually the reporting is sentimentalized, dumbed-down, and heartbreakingly disingenuous. But it’s the kind of reporting that garners lots of attention. In this post, I’d like to give you an inside peek into a report that isn’t getting national acclaim, but offers […]

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Smart Houses in Your Near Future?

G.Tech has teamed up with a group of international universities and research Institutes to incorporate its BCI technology into virtual environments.  This technology allows the user to turn light switches on and off, change channels on the TV, turn up the radio, and move around in the virtual environment by thought alone.  The applications of […]

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Overcoming Brain Injury

Heather Aucoin was in an accident 3 years ago and suffered from a brain injury as well as injuries to her face and ankles.  After the brain injury Heather has had problems with fatigue, is easily confused as well as distracted. However, these limitations have not been able to stop Heather’s indomitable spirit.  She wanted […]

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