Brain Injury

Cheat Sheet: Signs of a concussion (and when you should head to the hospital)

Hit your head recently? Whether it was just a slight fall or you took a serious whack to your noggin, it’s wise to understand how concussions to work. Mayo Clinic explains a concussion is a brain injury typically caused by a blow to the head, though they can also occur if your head or upper […]

Science Daily: Concussions loosen insulation around brain cells

Detailed scans of concussed hockey players found that the protective fatty tissue surrounding brain cell fibers was loosened two weeks after the injury — even though the athletes felt fine and were deemed ready to return to the ice. A loosening of that insulation, called myelin, slows the transmission of electrical signals between neurons, and […]

Medical News Today: What to know about brain stem strokes

The brain stem controls essential bodily functions, such as breathing, swallowing, and balance. A blockage or a bleed in the brain stem can cause a brain stem stroke, which can affect these vital roles. In this article, we take a close look at brain stem strokes, including the symptoms, diagnosis, recovery, and outlook. (August 31, […]

Women’s Health: What to do if you think someone is having a stroke

September 3rd to 9th is National Stroke Week, which aims to raise awareness about one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. Despite these alarming statistics, many of us don’t know what a stroke is or how to help someone who might be having one. So to clear that up, Feras Karem, […]

UPI: Study: Amphetamines don’t improve post-stroke motor recovery

Researchers have found combining amphetamines with physical therapy for stroke patients doesn’t improve motor recovery. The findings, published Tuesday in the Journal of American Association Neurology, disputed previous research in animals that showed improvement in motor function after strokes. (August 28, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: A recipe for regenerating nerve fibers across complete spinal cord injury

Neuroscientists at UCLA, Harvard University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have identified a three-pronged treatment that triggers axons—the tiny fibers that link our nerve cells and enable them to communicate—to regrow after complete spinal cord injury in rodents. Not only did the axons grow through scars, they could also transmit signals across the […]

Medical News Today: Distress boosts heart attack and stroke risk

A new study confirms that having high or very high psychological distress due to depression or anxiety impacts a person’s risk of experiencing cardiovascular health problems such as heart attack and stroke. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia have conducted a large study […]