Head & Brain Injury Advice and Resources


Statin Drug use before TBI Improves Survival and Outcome

In the October 2011 issue of the journal Trauma epidemiologist Eric B. Schneider, Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported that older patients who happened to have been taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs when admitted to the hospital with serious head injuries were 76% more likely to survive than those not

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Can A New Blood Test Diagnose TBI In The Field?

A study published by Dr. Linda Papa of Orlando, Florida, on November 10, 2011 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found that patients with TBI had a significantly higher amount of an acidic protein in their blood than those without TBI. The protein at issue is called glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). Dr.

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The Concussion Crisis

Science writers Linda Carroll and David Rosner have just published an important book called “The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic” to dispel the myth that a concussion is not really serious and does not involve actual damage to the human brain that can produce long term symptoms with subjective misery and

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What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

Although there is no one definition of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) agreed upon by all physicians, here is a good one from Neil N. Jasey, M.D., director of brain injury rehabilitation at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey: “A brain injury occurs when a blow or jolt to

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Odd Ambien Side Effects

The medication Ambien (Zolpidem) is a non-benzodiazepam agent for relieving anxiety and helping people with insomnia get to sleep. It is often prescribed for people with TBI who suffer from insomnia. Jui-Hsiu Tsaia, a psychiatrist at Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital in Taiwan, and his colleagues, heard that Ambien can cause sleep-walking and amnesia

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