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House Committees Pass Reconciliation Bill Affecting Health Care

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Books, Articles, and Literature, Legislation, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Publications, Resources, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Tim March 2016 (450x800)Health Care Bill This week, two House Committees expedited legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and dramatically reduce and change the Medicaid program. The Committees debating the bill were the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. Congress is using the reconciliation budget process to fast track repealing… Continue Reading

High Blood Pressure Leads to Cognitive Decline

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Books, Articles, and Literature, Brain Injury News and Event Update, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
There’s a saying, “What’s good for your heart is good for your brain.” Evidence supports preventing or controlling cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure to protect brain health as adults grow into old age. One in three American adults has high blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke, conditions that… Continue Reading

Erasing Unpleasant Memories After Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Books, Articles, and Literature, Brain Injury News and Event Update, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Dementia, accidents, or traumatic events can make us lose the memories formed before the injury or the onset of the disease. Researchers from KU Leuven and the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology have now shown that some memories can also be erased when one particular gene is switched off. The team trained mice that had been… Continue Reading

Schizophrenia Patients Get Promising Results from Imaging Study

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Dynamic cerebral reorganization in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia: An MRI-derived cortical thickness study. Credit: Lena PalaniyappanIncrease in brain’s grey matter proof that brain has ability to rescue itself A team of scientists from across the globe have shown that the brains of patients with schizophrenia have the capacity to reorganize and fight the illness. This is the first time that imaging data has been used to show that our brains… Continue Reading

Mopping Up the Mess – Brain Cleaning

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Uncategorized
When brain cells, neurons, die, their debris need to be quickly and efficiently removed for the surrounding brain tissue to continue to function properly. Elimination of the dead neuron corpses, is accomplished through phagocytosis (Phagocytosis is a specific form of endocytosis by which cells engulf and internalize solid matter). Phagocytosis is carried out by highly specialized cells… Continue Reading

Congress Avoids Government Shutdown

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
BIAAThe Brain Injury Association of America has asked me to post the below information.  Read on… Congress Avoids Government Shutdown On Wednesday, the House cleared, with a 277-151 vote, a two-month stopgap spending bill (Continuing Resolution-CR) that will avert a government shutdown. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed the measure with a 78-20 vote.… Continue Reading

Cognitive Aging—A Report from the Institute of Medicine

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Cognitive Aging—A Report from the Institute of Medicine The Institute of Medicine recently released a report entitled, Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action which addresses this important subject, its public health repercussions and proposals for education and action.  A summary of the study can be found in the June 2, 2015 issue… Continue Reading

Brain Injury Association Legislative Update July 2015

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Books, Articles, and Literature, Brain Injury News and Event Update, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Uncategorized
Hearing Held on Social Security Disability System This week, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing to debate an overhaul of the bankrupt Social Security Disability System. Lawmakers are looking to amend the system to encourage work. Experts testified the system is overly complicated, promotes fear among beneficiaries, and creates disincentives to return… Continue Reading

Depression and Dementia

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
In practice, I find that many of my clients with traumatic brain injury experience new or worse onset of depression.  The research suggests that this may be a precursor to dementia later in life. A new study by neuropsychiatric researchers at Rush University Medical Center gives insight into the relationship between depression and dementia. The… Continue Reading

From Traumatic Brain Injury to Savant

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Books, Articles, and Literature, Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury
I post blog items and information I come across regarding Traumatic Brain Injury.  While reading professional journals, articles, and Scientific literature, I share things of interest.  One of those topics includes the unique and rare situation where a concussion actually causes the brain to exhibit genius level processing.  (Of course that does not take away… Continue Reading

13th Pacific Northwest Regional Brain Injury Conference 2015

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Books, Articles, and Literature, Brain Injury News and Event Update
The sponsors of the 13th Pacific Northwest Regional Brain Injury Conference 2015 sponsors asked me to remind everyone of the upcoming conference.   March 12Pre-ConferenceManaging Challenging Behaviors  Conference March 13-14, 2015 From 8am to 5pm   Reception & Dinner The Music Within Us Friday, March 13, 5:30 to 10 pm     Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel… Continue Reading

Brain Injury Causes Chronic Degenerative Changes

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
mri_brainThere is a widespread misunderstanding about the true nature of traumatic brain injury and how it causes chronic degenerative problems, researchers argue. The authors propose that chronic brain damage and neuropsychiatric problems after trauma are largely caused by long-term inflammation in the brain. They say inflammation is a key culprit behind the symptoms linked with… Continue Reading

The Aging of the Brain

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, The Human Brain
The beginning of a scientific discovery can start with something so basic it might be overlooked. As we age, our short term memory fades. This is less about our ability to focus our attention and more about our inability filter out surrounding distractions. New research from Neuron shows that when we learn (train our brain) to differentiate a sound between progressively… Continue Reading

Fasting for Brain Health

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New research, from the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, reveals that intermittent fasting yields unforeseen benefits for brain health. Just two days of calorie restriction per week could delay the onset of degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even protect against strokes. Not to forget, exercise also promotes brain health.… Continue Reading

Fat Brain

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The concept of being able to boost the health of the brain with good nutrition is really very exciting.  Lipids are good for the Brain.  New research shows lipids boost the brain.  That’s right, fat is brain fuel. Researchers have pursued an investigation of the effect of lipids which bear polyunsaturated chains when they are… Continue Reading

From Traumatic Brain Injury to Savant

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Books, Articles, and Literature, Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Publications, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
I have been posting to this blog items and information I come across regarding Traumatic Brain Injury.  While reading professional journals, articles, and Scientific literature, I share things of interest.  One of those topics includes the unique and rare situation where a concussion can actually cause the brain to exhibit genius level processing.  (Of course… Continue Reading

Epilepsy Caused by Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury is a risk factor for epilepsy, though the relationship is not understood. A new study in mice, published in Cerebral Cortex, identifies increased levels of a specific neurotransmitter as a contributing factor connecting traumatic brain injury (TBI) to post-traumatic epilepsy. The findings suggest that damage to brain cells called interneurons disrupts neurotransmitter… Continue Reading

Brain Disease and Lack of Oxygen

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Scientists and researchers have uncovered how inflammation and lack of oxygen work together to cause brain damage in conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery, published today in Neuron, brings researchers a step closer to finding potential targets to treat neurodegenerative disorders. Chronic inflammation and hypoxia, or oxygen deficiency, are hallmarks of several brain diseases, but… Continue Reading

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Permanent Injury

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Even the mildest form of a traumatic brain injury, better known as a concussion, can deal permanent, irreparable damage. Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in this kind of injury, with an eye toward protecting the brain from its… Continue Reading

Sleep-Wake Cycles and Alzheimer’s

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues
Being awake at night and dozing during the day can be a distressing early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, but how the disease disrupts our biological clocks to cause these symptoms has remained elusive. Now, scientists from Cambridge have discovered that in fruit flies with Alzheimer’s the biological clock is still ticking but has become uncoupled… Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s Origin

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Sustaining Traumatic Brain Injury has long been held to increase the potential for Alzheimer’s earlier in life. Using high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) imaging in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and in mouse models of the disease, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer’s: 1.  Where it starts, 2.  Why it… Continue Reading

Dementia News!

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
It’s rare to hear good news about dementia. But that’s what a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective article reports. The article discusses several recent studies that show how age-adjusted rates in aging populations have declined for people born later in the last century, particularly in those older people most likely to develop dementia and… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide in Military

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Nevada Car Insurance Buyer's Guide, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Blast Injury has come a long way from Shell Shock People in the military who suffer more than one mild traumatic brain injury face a significantly higher risk of suicide. Veterans and deployed military used to be thought of as having sustained "shell shock" as a result of hearing or being near blasts.  Today we… Continue Reading

Brain Can Rewire Itself

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A Damaged Brain Can Rewire Itself It has generally been thought that once a brain is damaged, the damage is permanent.  But a new study shows that the brain can actually rewire itself.  This is different from what we previously knew about how the brain repairs connections that are not too badly damaged.  We knew,… Continue Reading