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Mild TBI Causes Cognitive Impairments

Neuroscientists at Newcastle University in the U.K. have investigated the cognitive capacities of 44 people with mild TBI vs. 9 normal controls. They found that for a period of one year following their accident the mildly brain injured subjects performed 25% worse on memory and cognitive testing than the controls due to white

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New Technique for Strengthening Memory Holds Promise for Severe TBI Patients

James Sumowski, PhD and colleagues at the Kessler Foundation in New Jersey have published research on 10 patients showing the effectiveness of a new memory therapy for people with severe TBI The Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Volume 95, Issue 2 (390-396) February 2014. The research showed that RP (retrieval practice) was

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New Model to Elucidate Microscopic Effects of TBI

In July 2014 researchers from the Biomedical Engineering Department of Rutgers University in New Jersey demonstrated their novel “Brain-on-a-Chip” microsystem to study how brain trauma damages axons. Using the system they can get a 3D picture of how living axons are strained or even sheared by external force of varying strengths and vectors.

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Study on Marines Shows TBI Increases the Risk of PTSD and Poor Pain Control

A large team of investigators led by Kate A. Yurgil has just published an article in JAMA Psychiatry online (71(2):149-157. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.3080) called “Association between TBI and Risk of PTSD in Active-Duty Marines. The investigators from UC San Diego and the V.A. studied a group of 1,648 marines at Camp Pendleton in San Diego

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People with Severe TBI at Triple the Risk of Premature Death

A study published on January 15, 2014 in the online version of JAMA Psychiatry says that people with severe TBI are at three times the risk of premature death due to depression, behavioral problems, and crime. The determination was made by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm who looked at medical records

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TBI Outcomes Vary with Neural Network Variations

Why does similar brain trauma to two people result in markedly different outcomes – one person recovers rapidly while the other suffers significant, permanent injury? On July 15, 2014, scientists at Georgia State University’s Institute of Neuroscience led by Dr. Katz published an article which seeks to explain it. According to their research

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TBI from Man Made Disasters

On June 25, 2014, the Waco Tribune reported that a significant number of people exposed to the blast from the explosion of the West Fertilizer Co. on April 17, 2013, sustained concussions, hearing problems or both. Of the 252 people with non-lethal injuries 46 patients had ear injuries or hearing problems, while 53

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