Brain Injury

Ivanhoe: Burning Away Brain Tumors

More than 69-thousand Americans are diagnosed with a brain tumor every year. Many of them will need an aggressive treatment plan that includesmajor surgery to remove the tumor. But now there’s an easier and safer way to get rid of these lesions – doctors are burning brain tumors. “I think it’s the next big thing in brain tumor […]

National Geographic: Could a Video Game Be the Key to Stroke Recovery?

John Krakauer, director of the BLAM Lab at Johns Hopkins University, and his team of researchers, artists, and programmers, is developing a new way of thinking about post-stroke therapies. By combining the human hand-eye coordination of video games and the playfulness of dolphins, Krakauer is hoping to change the way we think about—and treat— stroke […]

Science 2.0: Genetic Risk Factors For Stroke Identified

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and while there are obvious environmental factors such as diet, exercise and behavior, many lines of evidence suggest that the risk of stroke is heritable. Yet until now, only a small number of genes associated with stroke have been identified. A new study in the Journal of […]

WFAA: A Holistic Approach to Cancer Treatment

As her balance improves, so does Donna MacKinney’s brain, which seemed after treatment for a Stage IV brain tumor to be clouded in fog. “The little things that should be so every day will not come to me,” she said. MacKinney is a middle school librarian who loves her words, so the mental haze she […]

Science Daily: Exercise Boosts Tumor-Fighting Ability of Chemotherapy, Team Finds

Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Their work, performed in a mouse model of melanoma, found that combining exercise with chemotherapy shrunk tumors more than chemotherapy alone. Exercise […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers Find Foot Drop Stimulator Beneficial in Stroke Rehab

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for 4 weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as rehabilitation intervention may facilitate recovery from this common complication of stroke. “EMG of the tibialis anterior demonstrates a […]

Medical Xpress: Neurosurgery Tackles Past, Current and Future Concepts of Sports Concussion

An estimated 1.68 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the United States each year, and there are likely a significant number that go unreported. Current Concepts in Sports Concussion is a comprehensive, 16-article supplement of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. While considerable strides have been made in the neurological approach to concussion, one thing […]