Brain Injury

Scientific American: A new connection between the gut and the brain

It is well known that a high salt diet leads to high blood pressure, a risk factor for an array of health problems, including heart disease and stroke. But over the last decade, studies across human populations have reported the association between salt intake and stroke irrespective of high blood pressure and risk of heart […]

News-Medical: Green space linked to reduced risk of heart disease and stroke

In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Louisville have shown that people who live in neighborhoods with denser greens paces may be at a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke.For the study, Bhatnagar and colleagues assessed the impact of green spaces on individual-level biomarkers of blood vessel injury […]

The New York Times: Even a little weight training may cut the risk of heart attack and stroke

Despite the muscle-building, flab-trimming and, according to recent research, mood-boosting benefits of lifting weights, such resistance exercise has generally been thought not to contribute much to heart health, as endurance workouts like jogging and cycling do. But a study published in October in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise provides evidence for […]

AHA: Infections may be a trigger for heart attack, stroke

Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But what about just getting sick? Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack? A new study suggests it could. (November 28, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Understand the danger of concussion as winter sports begin

Youth winter sports are underway, and with a recent increase in national attention on the possible dangers of head trauma for athletes, it is important for coaches, parents and players to recognize symptoms of a concussion and also help lessen their likelihood of occurring. “Because concussion can affect thinking, the person who suffered the injury […]

Science Daily: Youth football changes nerve fibers in brain

Football has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years due to growing concerns over the long-term consequences of repetitive head impacts. Players who show signs of concussion are typically removed from games, but many hits to the head are subconcussive — or below the threshold of a concussion — and, therefore, don’t cause […]

Medical Xpress: Infections may be a trigger for heart attack, stroke

Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But what about just getting sick? Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack? (November 28, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Researchers restore breathing, partial forelimb function in rats with spinal cord injuries

Millions of people worldwide are living with chronic spinal cord injuries, with 250,000 to 500,000 new cases each year—most from vehicle crashes or falls. The most severe spinal cord injuries completely paralyze their victims and more than half impair a person’s ability to breathe. Now, a breakthrough study published in Nature Communications has demonstrated, in […]

Scientific American: How brain injuries deprive people of a sense of free will

When Ryan Darby was a neurology resident, he was familiar with something called alien limb syndrome, but that did not make his patients’ behavior any less puzzling. Individuals with this condition report that one of their extremities—often a hand—seems to act of its own volition. It might touch and grab things or even unbutton a […]