Brain Injury

Neurology Advisor: No clear benefit for early statin therapy in acute ischemic stroke

Results of early statin therapy within 24 hours of hospital admission are similar to delayed statin intervention for reducing 90-day disability in patients with acute ischemic stroke, according to a multicenter, randomized trial published in Stroke. In this trial, investigators randomly assigned patients with acute ischemic stroke and dyslipidemia in a 1:1 ratio to either […]

Science Daily: Gelatin accelerates healing of the blood brain barrier in acute brain injury

Researchers already know that gelatin-covered electrode implants cause less damage to brain tissue than electrodes with no gelatin coating. Researchers have now shown that microglia, the brain’s cleansing cells, and the enzymes that the cells use in the cleaning process, change in the presence of gelatin. (November 6, 2017) Read the full article here

Futurism: Breathing pure oxygen could repair brain damage years after a concussion

Researchers have revisited hyperbolic oxygen sessions as a possible treatment for brain damage sustained after a concussion. According to a report compiled for Congress by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in a single year, approximately 2.2 million emergency room visits were for traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The majority of these injuries are considered mild […]

Medical Xpress: Controlling nerve injury repair revealed in new study

Monash University scientists are one step closer to solving the riddle of how nerves can self-heal. The scientists from the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) have found signals in the tiny transparent roundworm that control the mechanism by which severed nerves self-heal. Moreover, they have demonstrated how to control this process genetically, raising hopes for treating […]

Neurology Advisor: Combination treatment reduces ischemic stroke risk in acute coronary syndrome

Adding ezetimibe to simvastatin therapy reduces the risk for ischemic stroke in stabilized patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and a history of prior stroke, according to findings from the double-blind, placebo-controlled IMPROVE IT (Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy International Trial) trial published in Circulation. In IMPROVE-IT, investigators randomly assigned patients with ACS to […]

U.S. News & World Report: Nursing home often only option for single men after stroke

It’s a frequent occurrence: A single, childless older man without a designated caregiver suffers a debilitating stroke, and is sent to a nursing home for the remainder of his life. New research shows that male seniors who find themselves in this situation have triple the odds of being sent to a nursing home within five […]

Fortune: Could your Fitbit prevent a stroke?

Last week, at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, researchers from Fitbit presented some data that didn’t get as much attention as they should have. Part of that was due, perhaps, to how the study was presented—not in a high-profile, main-stage session, but rather on a sheet of cardboard during the meeting’s “poster session.” (October […]

Health Imagining: Brain impact of football affected by career length, player’s position

The lasting effects of football on the brain continue to make headlines, with plenty of attention focused on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive neurodegeneration associated with repetitive head trauma. New research, funded by the National Football League Charities and the NFL Players Association, examined former football players, examined career duration and playing position in […]