Brain Injury

Bel Marra Health: Brain stem stroke: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

A stroke is the result of an interruption in the blood flow to the brain, depriving it of oxygen and essential nutrients. A brain stem stroke is a stroke that occurs in the brain stem, near the base of the skull and just above the spinal cord. The brain stem is responsible for many crucial […]

New Atlas: Stretchable throat sensor a “game-changer” in stroke treatment

Over the years, we’ve seen all manner of innovations designed to assist the rehabilitation of stroke patients, from adapted Nintendo Wii games to anti-inflammatory drugs, and from stem cell treatments to robotic gloves. Though the idea of using wearable sensors to track patients’ progress is well established (as this sensor suit we reported on in […]

BBC News: How baby stroke survivors’ brains adapt

A study of children who had strokes as babies has found they adapted to use a different part of their brain for language. Imaging revealed language was based in the exact mirror opposite region to the normal left side area. (February 19, 2018) Read the full article here

Bel Marra Health: Embolic stroke: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

An embolic stroke is caused by a blood clot that breaks loose somewhere in the body and travels into the brain through blood vessels. Once in the brain, the blood clot gets lodged in an artery, resulting in an embolic stroke. Embolic strokes are a type of ischemic stroke, which occur when arteries in the […]

News-Medical: All children do not follow the same path to concussion recovery, study suggests

A new study, presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Atlanta, suggests that not all children follow the same path to concussion recovery, nor do they have the same predictors for returning to normal activity. The study also suggests that younger children should be considered separately from high-school-aged students. (February […]

Science Daily: Increased stress on fathers leads to brain development changes in offspring

New research in mice has found that a father’s stress affects the brain development of his offspring. This stress changes the father’s sperm, which can then alter the brain development of the child. This new research provides a much better understanding of the key role that fathers play in the brain development of offspring. (February […]

Medical Xpress: Stem-cell based stroke treatment repairs brain tissue

A team of researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center and ArunA Biomedical, a UGA startup company, have developed a new treatment for stroke that reduces brain damage and accelerates the brain’s natural healing tendencies in animal models. They published their findings in the journal Translational Stroke Research. (February 15, 2018) Read the […]

Science News for Students: Explainer: What is a concussion?

It may start with a car accident. Or a collision with another athlete on the basketball court or soccer field. Perhaps a cheerleader did a header off a human pyramid. In each case, the end result is the same — a whopping knock to the noggin. If the hit was particularly hard, doctors may diagnose […]