Brain Injury

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 […]

Science Codex: Cooling of Dialysis Fluids Protects Against Brain Damage

While dialysis can cause blood pressure changes that damage the brain, cooling dialysis fluids can protect against such effects. The findings come from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The cooling intervention can be delivered without additional cost and is simple to perform. While dialysis is […]

MedScape: Eye-Tracking Technology Shows Concussion Severity

Every 8 seconds in the United States, someone gets a serious blow to the head from a fall, accident, or collision, she said. “We can’t tell how badly they’re hurt. Sometimes we can’t even tell if they’re hurt at all.” The best technologies — CT and MRI — generally don’t detect concussion. The brain may […]

EurekAlert: New MRI Technique Helps Clinicians Better Predict Outcomes Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

New Rochelle, NY, September 17, 2014—Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that detects microstructural changes in brain tissue, can help physicians better predict the likelihood for poor clinical outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury compared to conventional imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT), according to a new study published […]