Brain Injury

Health Canal: Research lays foundations for brain damage study

Researchers at The University of Queensland have made a key step that could eventually offer hope for stroke survivors and other people with brain damage. The international study, led by researchers at UQ, could help explain a debilitating neurological condition known as unilateral spatial neglect, which commonly occurs after a stroke causing damage to the […]

Medical Xpress: Unlocking the potential of stem cells to repair brain damage

QUT scientist is hoping to unlock the potential of stem cells as a way of repairing neural damage to the brain. Rachel Okolicsanyi, from the Genomics Research Centre at QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, said unlike other cells in the body which were able to divide and replicate, once most types of brain cells died, […]

Popular Mechanics: Study: Electrical Signals Can Regrow Brain Cells

Scientists have found a kind of brain cell in mice that can instruct stem cells to start making more neurons, according to a new study. In addition, they found that electrical signals could trigger this growth in rodents, raising the intriguing possibility that devices could one day help the human brain repair itself. The study appears […]

Washington Post: Pentagon investigates brain-zapping implants to help wounded warriors

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a program to develop technologies to treat psychiatric disorders by electrically stimulating the brain. DARPA’s SUBNETS program (short for Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies) will fund teams of researchers to develop brain interfaces, computational models of brain activity and clinical therapies for such illnesses as depression, […]

New York Times: Concussions and an N.F.L. Paradox

In 2009, Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the N.F.L., was skewered by lawmakers on Capitol Hill for denying the severity of concussions and failing to do more to help retired players with brain injuries. Five years later, the issue moved to the White House, with President Obama on Thursday convening some of the country’s top sports executives […]

Newsweek: Repairing the Brain

Will the problem of memory loss one day be forgotten? In the next few weeks the Pentagon’s research-and-development arm will announce a plan to fund the creation of a brain implant to help wounded soldiers recover their mental faculties. The research could also impact the millions of civilians affected by Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain […]

JConline: Parents, coaches grapple with concussion risk in youth football

After years of mounting evidence that professional football players can suffer debilitating brain damage as a result of multiple concussions suffered during their playing years, concern now is spreading at the high school and youth levels regarding the safety of America’s beloved gridiron tradition. Last week, the National Academy of Sciences issued an alarming report […]

The Globe and Mail: Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression

Music therapy became a clinical profession in the 1940s, after doctors and nurses noticed that war veterans suffering emotional and physical trauma responded well to musicians who gave volunteer performances in hospitals. Nevertheless, the profession spent decades on the fringes of medical science, until the early 1990s when advances in neuro-imaging technologies confirmed that musical […]