Brain Injury

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 […]

Healio: Stroke, CHD less common in adults born outside US

Patients who currently live in the United States and were born in another country had a decreased risk for stroke and CHD compared with those born in the United States, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “These results may support efforts to target high-risk groups with public health […]

MD Magazine: Vagus nerve stimulation assists in stroke recovery

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), in conjunction with conventional rehabilitation services, can double lasting recovery for forelimb supination and simple motor tasks, and improve the structural plasticity in motor networks for patients that have had a stroke. A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas, led by Michael Kilgard, PhD, BSc, paired VNS […]

Science Daily: Portable device detects severe stroke in seconds with 92 percent accuracy

Clinical investigators describe a new visor-like device that detects emergent large-vessel occlusion with 92 percent accuracy. In such cases, emergency medical personnel transfer patients directly to a comprehensive stroke center, routing around less-equipped hospitals and saving valuable time in the process. (March 26, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Drug reduces inflammation in stroke patients

An anti-inflammatory drug given to patients in the early stages of a stroke has been shown by researchers at The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust to reduce harmful inflammation. The drug, Kineret, licenced for treating rheumatoid arthritis, was given as a small injection just under the skin without giving the patients […]

News-Medical: Researchers develop comprehensive map of genetic risk factors for stroke

Stroke is a serious disease affecting blood flow to and from the brain, and is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Stroke is characterized by a sudden onset of neurological dysfunction, caused by a blood clot or hemorrhage in a cerebral artery. While many genetic variants and lifestyle behaviors have been identified as risk […]