Head & Brain Injury Advice and Resources


In-Home Cognitive Retraining

Following a TBI many persons suffer from cognitive problems, and even when diagnosed as mild these problems can impair daily functioning at work and home since they effect attention, concentration, cognitive processing speed, multi-tasking, short term memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Unfortunately a significant percentage of TBI survivors with cognitive problems do not have

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Falls Supplanting MVA’s as Leading Cause of Fatal TBI’s

The July 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reviews statistics on fatal TBIs from 2003-2008. During those years the percentage of fatal TBIs from motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) continued to decline while those from falls continued to rise. As of 2008 fatal TBIs from MVAs accounted for 31% of all

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Faith in Higher Power Helps TBI Survivors in Rehab

Brigid Waldron-Perrine, Ph.D., a recent graduate from Wayne State University, and her mentor, Lisa J. Rapport, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, reported in June 2011 that personal faith in a higher power improves the emotional and physical outcome of rehabilitation for TBI patients. Their

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TMS Therapy May Wake Up Comatose TBI Patients

In July 2011 Dr. Theresa Pape announced that by using a series of TMS treatments she had significantly increased alertness in Josh Villa, a father of 3 children left in a deep coma after an auto accident 6 years before. TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation uses a coil to send harmless magnetic pulses

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MEG Scanner Can Detect Mild/Moderate TBI

While MRI can detect brain swelling/compression and CT can detect brain bleeding, neither type of scanner can find small traumatic brain lesions involving torn axons. So many mild and some moderate traumatic brain injuries remain invisible. However, a team of researchers at UC San Diego is making use of a new high tech

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Brain Gym Program Helps Mild TBI

Soliders coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with concussive brain injuries from explosions show problems with concentration, working memory, and multi-tasking. Dr. David Twillie, director of the Fort Campbell Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, has developed a new method of treating these “mild” brain injuries with an 80% success rate. The method involves identifying

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Cyclosporine Effectively Treats Severe TBI

NeuroVive Pharmaceutical, AB is a Swedish drug development company. Working with NeuroStat it has developed a mechanism for delivering drugs directly to the brain through the blood-brain-barrier which normally screens out large molecules. In recent tests NeuroVive has shown that cyclosporine A, a drug used to help organ transplant recipients avoid immune rejection,

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Brain Inflammation Secondary To TBI Can Be Limited

Benjamin Cravatt, Ph.D., at the Scripps Research Institute and Daniel Nomura, Ph.D., at UC Berkeley have made an important discovery about how to block brain inflammation, something which can severely compound the initial damage done by a TBI. They learned that in the brain the production of arachidonic acid (which gets converted into

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Lithium Shows Promise as Treatment for Acute TBI

Lithium has been used for decades to treat mania. Psychiatrists believe that lithium controls mania in part by decreasing the activity of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate. Following TBI some brain cells release excessive quantities of glutamate which damages or kills other brain cells. Fengshan Yu and colleagues at NIH and the University of

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