Brain Injury

Medical Daily: What happens when you are having a stroke

Nearly 140,000 Americans die each year due to stroke, which is among the top five causes of death in the country. It is also the leading cause of disability, reducing mobility in many survivors who are over the age of 65. Commonly referred to as a brain attack, it occurs when blood and oxygen are […]

Neurology Advisor: Biomarker indicates brain tissue at risk for stroke in sickle cell disease

In children with sickle cell disease (SCD), a high oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) in the deep white matter represents a signature of brain tissue with a high risk for stroke, according to study findings published in Neurology. Investigators prospectively enrolled children with SCD and hemoglobin SS or hemoglobin S-β thalassemia null disease (n=36) and healthy […]

Medical Xpress: How to break the language barrier of aphasia

Regardless of their language abilities, it’s important that people with aphasia continue to live full lives. The condition affects up to 350,000 Canadians and two to four million Americans. Aphasia is most commonly caused by stroke, and the number of people grappling with it is likely to rise as our population ages. (April 4, 2018) […]

Neurology Advisor: Code stroke system reduces post-stroke epilepsy risk in older adults

The code stroke system, which consists of rapid clinical assessment, revascularization, and harmonization of hemodynamic and metabolic disturbances, lowers the risk for poststroke epilepsy in patients receiving intravenous thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke, according to a retrospective study published in Neurology. (April 2, 2018) Read the full article here

Engadget: How the brain vibrates may determine the severity of a concussion

Researchers may have uncovered some really useful information about what goes on in the brain during a concussion. With the help of some computer modeling and head impact data collected from special mouthguards worn by football players, the researchers found that injury is more likely to occur when separate parts of the brain vibrate at […]

Medical News Today: Uncovering stroke’s psychological impact

The long-term effects of stroke are relatively well-documented. However, a new study published in the journal Neurology finds that the impact runs much deeper than just the physical. The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, in which blood supply to parts of the brain is blocked, often by a blood clot. (March […]

Medical Xpress: New facial expression app to monitor mood in stroke patients

A new medical app that helps brain-damaged stroke patients communicate how they are feeling has been developed and tested by researchers at the University of Nottingham.  There are around 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK and many of them have life-changing disabilities that can lead to severe depression or anxiety. (March 30, 2018) Read […]

CBS News: Newly discovered brain injury in vets linked to PTSD

Doctors have found scar tissue in the brains of combat veterans who suffered from PTSD and were exposed to high explosive blast waves. The discovery could mean that many cases of PTSD, long thought to be a mostly psychological illness, may actually be caused by physical brain trauma. (March 29, 2018) Read the full article […]