Brain Injury

Health CMi: Acupuncture Reverses Brain Damage After Stroke

A new MRI study finds acupuncture and electroacupuncture effective for treating brain tissue injuries and neurological disorders caused by cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury (CIRI). This type of brain damage is caused by the return of blood circulation to the brain after a period of ischemia, restricted blood supply. The sudden return of blood to oxygen and […]

Los Angeles Times: For troops, concussions from blast waves or impact are equally disabling

A new study released Monday confirms and refines that suspicion. It found that troops with concussions resulting from direct impact alone were just as likely as those who sustained traumatic brain injury from direct impact-plus-blast to have enduring symptoms such as headache, depression, and memory and concentration problems. The research was published in the journal JAMA Neurology. […]

Medical Xpress: Smart treatment predictions for brain trauma

Most people who suffer a severe brain injury take years to recover – if they recover at all. But the right treatment in the crucial hours following an accident can make all the difference. Now an EU project is building sophisticated new computer models potentially able to improve diagnosis and predict the outcome of treatments. […]

Yahoo! News: Drug Use Linked with Brain Differences in Teens

Teens who have used drugs even just once in their lives have brain characteristics that are different from those who have never used drugs, a new study finds. In the study, the researchers scanned the brains of 71 Mexican-American 16-year-olds, and asked the teens whether they had ever used drugs, including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. […]

NPR: How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of “toxic stress” on student learning. “As researchers work to solve one of the most persistent problems in public education – why kids in poor neighborhoods fail so much […]

RDMag: Brain retains signs of childhood trauma

People abused as children show reduced brain volume in regions governing emotion, learning and memory, deficits that make them more vulnerable to relapse—and relapses of greater severity—if they become substance abusers, a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows. The study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry, identifies potential biological markers that can identify addicts […]

Greenwich Times: Former players happy to see NFL taking concussion precautions

While waiting for the rain to subside at Monday’s NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter Charity Golf Classic, several former NFL players stood before the group gathered inside one of the ballrooms at The Country Club of Darien and reflected on some of their moments on the gridiron. Karl Nelson, an offensive tackle for the New York Giants from 1983-1989, mentioned […]

NPR: Brain Injuries Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out

A group of Canadian and American researchers wondered what effect bike-share systems had on the frequency of brain injuries. And they came up with a way to look at the potential problem. They analyzed data on the treatment of serious brain injuries at trauma centers in five cities before and after bike-sharing programs were started. […]

BusByWay: Concussions in Youth Sports Being Studied by the US Government

Brain injuries in youth sports have been on the rise in recent years, alarming many parents about the lifelong effects of concussions. The number of brain injuries linked to American youth increased 62 percent between the years of 2001 and 2009, with reported incidents around 250,000 in 2009 (Obama, NFL, NCAA Get Behind Research into Concussions […]