Brain Injury

Psych Central: New Device Shows How PTSD Damages Brain

Innovative new technology in the form of a portable brain-mapping device can now show brain areas damaged by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). University of Texas, Arlington (UT) researchers developed the tool to assess brain (prefrontal cortex) activity in student veterans when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks. The study by bioengineering […]

Chicago Sun Times: Brain-damaged Jim McMahon provides important voice against NFL

It’s hard to know what to think about Jim McMahon. The former Bears quarterback, now 54, seems to be a part of every personal-injury lawsuit against the NFL that comes along. In 2012, he was Sports Illustrated’s cover boy for concussion-related early-onset dementia. He was one of thousands of plaintiffs in the big concussion suit […]

Legal Examiner: When brain injury survivors are discriminated against

Brain injuries can happen anytime,  to anyone. Car accidents, which I see as an injury attorney with the survivors of brain injury that I represent, are one of the top causes for TBI.  Each year in America, 1.7 million people will sustain a brain injury, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. While brain […]

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 […]