Brain Injury

Medical News Today: Common anti-smoking drug may raise stroke, heart attack risk

Anyone thinking of giving up smoking as a New Year’s resolution should think carefully about what quitting aids they should use to help achieve this — particularly if the results of a new study are anything to go by. Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine suggests that a commonly […]

Medical Xpress: Early study shows shoe attachment can help stroke patients improve their gait

A new device created at the University of South Florida – and including a cross-disciplinary team of experts from USF engineering, physical therapy and neurology – is showing early promise for helping correct the signature limp experienced by many stroke survivors. Called the Gait Enhancing Mobile Shoe (GEMS), the shoe attachment is the result of […]

Science Daily: Voices and emotions: Forehead is the key

How does intonation allow us to decode emotions? By observing neuronal activity in the brain, researchers have been able to map the cerebral regions we use to interpret vocal emotional representations. The results underline the essential role played by the frontal regions in interpreting emotions communicated orally. (December 13, 2017) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Half of people aged 40-54 have hardened arteries: study

Half of middle-aged people who are normal weight and don’t smoke or have diabetes may have clogged arteries, researchers said Thursday, urging stronger measures to lower cholesterol. A high level of so-called “bad cholesterol,” or LDL-C, is the main reason why apparently healthy individuals suffer heart attacks or strokes in middle age, said the report […]

The Health Site: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause gut dysfunction

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause gut dysfunction, which then has the potential to worsen the original brain injury, says a new study. “These results indicate strong two-way interactions between the brain and the gut that may help explain the increased incidence of systemic infections after brain trauma and allow new treatment approaches,” said lead […]

Health Imaging: Female college athletes experience higher rate of concussion over 15-year period

The discussion about head injuries and their lasting effects has mainly involved contact sports, with many cases involving retired professional football players. But in addition to these older men, college-aged women are experiencing concussions at a higher rate than their male counterparts. A study—published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy […]