Brain Injury

Science Daily: Yo-yoing weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar readings may raise heart attack and stroke risk

Fluctuations in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and/or blood sugar levels in otherwise healthy people may be associated with a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death from any cause compared to people with more stable readings, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.This is the first study to suggest that […]

Medical Xpress: The hormone FGF23 is linked to structural deficits in the brain

Scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have uncovered mechanisms by which high levels of a hormone called FGF23 can reduce brain health. In results published in the journal PLoS ONE on September 7th, 2018, high levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) were associated with structural changes in the brain’s frontal lobes. […]

Neurology Advisor: Electrical exoskeleton-assisted gait training effective for improving ambulation after stroke

Electromechanical exoskeleton-assisted gait training with Exowalk, composed of a fitted ambulatory exoskeleton that works in accordance with the movements of the patient, is just as effective as a conventional, physical therapist-directed gait training program in improving walking in patients with stroke, according to a study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation. (September 27, […]

UPI: Enhanced rehab doubles movement recovery after stroke

A new therapy technique doubled the rate of upper limb recovery in stroke patients compared with rehab alone, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas developed targeted plasticity therapy, which is stimulation of the vagus nerve paired with traditional motor-skill rehabilitation. The researchers, who published their findings Thursday in the […]

USA Today: NHL players survey: Moderate to strong concerns about concussions

Worry about concussions varies greatly among NHL players, but the majority of players who participated in a USA TODAY Sports survey had moderate to strong concerns about them. In a  survey of 29 top players at the Sept. 6-7 NHL Media Tour in Chicago, players were asked to rate their level of concern about concussions […]

Medical Xpress: White matter repair and traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., contributing to about 30 percent of all injury deaths, according to the CDC. TBI causes damage to both white and gray matter in the brain, but most research to date has focused on protecting neuronal cell bodies in gray matter, […]

Medical News Today: The Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk, too

In the largest study of its type, scientists conclude that adhering to the Mediterranean diet might reduce the risk of stroke. The benefits are particularly pronounced for women over 40. When it comes to alleged health benefits, the Mediterranean diet fares incredibly well.Increasing one’s intake of fresh fish, nuts, fruits, cereals, and potatoes while reducing […]

Forbes: Walking just 35 minutes a day could lessen the severity of strokes

Compared to people who don’t exercise much at all, those who engage in light to moderate physical activity, such as walking at least four hours a week or swimming two to three hours a week, may have less severe strokes, based on the findings of a new study.The results were published online yesterday in Neurology, […]

Medical News Today: Inflammation keeps heart attack and stroke at bay

Scientists have discovered that, as far as arteries are concerned, inflammation can be both good and bad. In its well-known bad role, it can aid atherosclerosis, the plaque-forming process that clogs up arteries and raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes.New research, however, has also revealed that during the advanced stages of atherosclerosis, inflammation […]

U.S. News & World Report: 1 in 6 Americans over 40 has been knocked unconscious: Study

Brain injury research typically focuses on football players and military veterans, but a new study suggests head injuries are far more widespread than estimated. About 1 in every 6 U.S. adults — roughly 23 million people aged 40 or older — have been knocked out by a head injury, researchers report. “Those numbers are huge,” […]