Brain Injury

Medical Xpress: Some stroke survivors may have underlying cancer

Some stroke survivors may have underlying cancer, according to an observational study to be presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid. “Post-mortem studies have suggested that cancer can develop after a stroke, but the magnitude of this association has not been described,” said lead author Dr Jacobo Rogado, medical oncology fellow, Hospital de La […]

The Guardian: How science found a way to help coma patients communicate

In recent years, thanks to the invention of fMRI, we have made extraordinary breakthroughs in understanding the mental life of people trapped in the grey zone. We have discovered that 15% to 20% of people in the vegetative state, who are widely assumed to have no more awareness than a head of broccoli, are in […]

UPI: Gene linked to brain damage in premature infants

A new study at King’s College London has identified a gene believed to be related to brain damage in premature infants. Premature labor is linked with inflammation in the mother or baby due to infection and can cause damage to the brain — leading to cerebral palsy, autism and developmental delays in up to 30 […]

Medicare: Stroke overview: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

According to a report that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released in 2015, about 795,000 people in the United States have strokes each year. Stroke kills about 130,000 people each year in the U.S.; that’s one person every four minutes, reports the CDC. One out of every four strokes occurs in people who have […]

BBC: Brainwave reading computer could change stroke recovery

A preliminary study in Australia has shown the promise of brain-computer interfaces in treating stroke victims. The research, conducted by the University of Adelaide, showed that a stroke victim showed a 36% percent improvement in a stroke-damaged hand, after 5 hours of treatment. Brain-computer interfaces are devices which can translate signals from the brain into […]

Medical Xpress: Rugby players take part in ground-breaking concussion study

Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association, will run throughout the 2017/18 rugby season and is the biggest of its kind to take place in the history of UK sport. It is a key element in the University of Birmingham’s research programme to create a test that can be performed rapidly pitch-side and will determine whether […]

Mental Floss: This updated pegboard game helps stroke victims relearn motor skills

The Rapael smart pegboard from Neofect looks like an item you might find in an arcade. Power it up and it acts like one too: The digital device is outfitted with holes that light up in a variety of shapes and patterns. One setting functions like a stripped-down version of Whack-a-Mole, where the object is […]

News-Medical: ‘Brain Glue’ could one day serve as treatment for TBIs

Researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have developed Brain Glue, a substance that could one day serve as a treatment for traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. The Brain Glue is a hydrogel matrix with a gelatin-like consistency that acts as a scaffolding for transplanted stem cells, which are capable of repairing damaged […]

Medical Xpress: Inflammation reduction could cut risk of heart attack, stroke

A significant reduction in risk of recurrent heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular death was found among people who received a targeted anti-inflammatory drug that lowered inflammation but had no effects on cholesterol, according to a team from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The report, based on results of a clinical trial that encompassed 25 […]