Head & Brain Injury Advice and Resources


TBI Damages the Social Lives of Children Long After Injury

Neuropsychologist Shawn Gale, Ph.D. of Brigham Young University has just published a study of children three years after each one had suffered a frontal lobe TBI. He found that impairment of short term memory and cognitive processing speed made it very difficult for these children to carry on normal social conversation and social

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TBI and Foreign Accent Syndrome

On January 14, 2014, a Canadian blog reported on the strange case of a Canadian mother of two named Sharon Campbell-Rayment who went from speaking with a Canadian accent to speaking with a Scottish accent following a TBI from falling off a horse. Sharon has been diagnosed by her doctors with foreign accent

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Coma Patients Appear to Recognize Faces of Loved Ones in New Study

On December 22, 2013 researchers working in Tel Aviv led by Dr. Haggai Sharon reported that patients in long term vegetative coma might be able to recognize familiar faces. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), they looked at brain activity in both healthy and vegetative subjects. First they showed both groups pictures of

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Dog Saves Life of Vet with TBI and PTSD

War veteran Michael Sorenson who lives in the Chicago area was subjected to 4 separate blast injuries from IEDs in his service for the U.S. military in Iraq leaving him with TBI, PTSD, a spinal fracture, and severe depression. He received help in the form of Bane, a Pit Bull that was saved

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Scar Tissue From TBI Can Be Converted To New Functional Brain Cells

A research breakthrough in therapy to restore functional brain cells after TBI was just reported in the journal Cell Stem Cell on December 19, 2013. The discovery was announced by biologist Gong Cheng and his colleagues at Penn State University. Dr. Cheng was aware that after TBI glial cells rush to the area

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New Hope for TBI Survivors with Extreme Day Time Fatigue

A significant majority of people with TBI suffer from night-time insomnia and day-time fatigue. New research published in December 2013 by a group led by Akiva S. Cohen, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), may point the way to treatment. Dr. Cohen, in collaboration with other experts, induced TBI

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DTI Scans Show Holes in Brain White Matter Years After Mild TBI

Mild TBI can occur to civilians from falls or car crashes and to military personnel from explosions which send shock waves through the brain. The microscopic damage to the brain that accompanies mild TBI is not visible on CT scans and standard MRIs. Because of this people with mild TBI are often dismissed

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Doctor examining a brain CT scan

New MRI Technique Shows Holes in Brain Membranes After Concussion

Up until now it has not been possible to visualize the effects of mild TBI on an MRI scan because standard MRI only picks up significant damage to brain tissue. However a new technique using MRI following injection of dye can demonstrate tiny holes in the meninges caused by a concussion, because the

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