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Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain
Understanding Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) David Strauss Memorial Clinical Webinar Tuesday, July 14, 2015 3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 p.m. (noon) pacific Lori Penatzer, Pharm D, Senior Medical Science Liaison with Avanir Pharmaceuticals   People with PBA experience episodes of uncontrollable laughing or crying that do not correspond to the way they way they are feeling. Lori Penatzer,… Continue Reading

Did You Know That The Brain Handles Reading and Writing Separately?

Posted in 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)
Man Catches FishDid You Know That The Brain Handles Reading and Writing Separately? It’s true.  Although the human ability to write evolved from our ability to speak, writing and talking are now such independent systems in the brain that someone who can’t write a grammatically correct sentence may be able say it aloud flawlessly. In a paper… 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

Smell Test Helps Predict Traumatic Brain Injury In Blast Injury

Posted in Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Decreased ability to identify specific odors can predict abnormal neuroimaging results in blast-injured troops, according to a new study by Federal researchers released online in the journal Neurology, March 18, 2015. The olfactory system processes thousands of different odors, sending signals to the brain which interprets the smell by linking it to a past memory.… Continue Reading

Is Pain Measurable?

Posted in Attorney Selection, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
PI SuitThe use of technology in the courtroom is routinely met with skepticism initially.  A new area where technology has offered the potential to objectively observe pain, a subjective complaint, in other people. fMRI has become useful in the area of proving brain injury in court, and now may be able to help us quantify pain.… 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

Brain Injury and Teenage Drug Use

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Uncategorized
DepressionIs traumatic brain injury early in life a precursor to drug use?  Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are twice as likely to drink alcohol or use drugs when compared with whose who have never experienced a similar blow or trauma to the head.  Young adults who’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are… Continue Reading

The Brain on Fear

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain
Even if people forget the details of a traumatic event or what is called explicit memory, the emotions associated with that event also known as implicit memory may remain ingrained in the brain for a long  time, says a new study. In the context of fear, our brain differently encodes contextual memory of a negative… Continue Reading

PTSD can Develop Even Without Memory of the Trauma

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I once heard a neuropsychologist declare that one could not have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post concussion syndrome (PCS).  If you do not remember the trauma you are precluded from having PTSD since you do not remember the trauma.  Therefore if you have organic PCS, damage to the brain, and your memory of the… 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

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

Depression in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted in Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 Using data from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health, researchers identified more than 2,000 children with brain injuries, reflecting the national child brain injury rate of 1.9 percent in 2007; and 3,112 children with diagnosed depression, mirroring the 3.7 percent national child depression rate that year. Compared to other children, 15 percent of those… Continue Reading

Environmental Enriching

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 Environmental Enrichment "Environmental enrichment may protect against brain atrophy in the chronic stages of traumatic brain injury," was published September 24 in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, by Dr. Robin Green. Dr. Green has been studying the brain surrounding areas that were previously damaged.  She finds that among the damaged areas are healthy areas interspersed.  The… 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

How The Brain Keeps Track Of Similar But Distinct Memories

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 How does the brain keep track of similar but distinct memories?  Scientists at the SALK Institute FOR Biological Studies think they have made inroads on answering the question. Have you ever misplaced your keys and racked your brain to remember where you put them?  When you eventually find them, you can thank your Hippocampus which… 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

The Brain and Emotions

Posted in Psychiatric & Psychological Issues
I came across a cool site dealing with The Brain: A User’s Guide to Emotions.  Neuroscientists are unraveling the inner workings of the Brain, the site states.  We know more than ever before about the mysteries of where emotions originate in the brain and the connections between instinct, intelligence and emotion. This work is yielding… Continue Reading

Hypertension and Dementia

Posted in 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, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 A new study reveals that hypertension combined with at least one risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s increases the chances of dementia. "The identification of hypertension as an additional risk factor for amyloid plaque deposition is encouraging as we may be able to prevent, or at least slow, pathological aging in some individuals through lifestyle modification… Continue Reading

North American Brain Injury Society Conference

Posted in 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, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) is having their 11th Annual Conference on Brain Injury at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The conference will be held on September 18-21, 2013.  NABIS is requesting Abstracts for the Conference.  To learn more click NABIS.… Continue Reading

Breaking Down the Brain Series: 5 – Frontal Lobe

Posted in Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 Frontal Lobe I am finishing this series of Breaking Down the Brain with an exploration of the Frontal Lobes.  The frontal lobes are considered our emotional control center and home to our personality. There is no other part of the brain where lesions can cause such a wide variety of symptoms (Kolb & Wishaw, 1990).… Continue Reading

Breaking Down the Brain Series: 4 – Temporal Lobe

Posted in Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 Temporal Lobe We continue Breaking Down the Brain by looking at the Temporal Lobe.  The temporal lobes are one of the four main lobes or regions of the cerebral cortex. Structures of the limbic system, including the olfactory cortex, amygdala, and the hippocampus are located within the temporal lobes. The temporal lobes play an important… Continue Reading

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted in 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, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The CDC states the following: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Every year, at least… Continue Reading

Pregnant Woman Low in Omega-3 Suffer Postpartum Depression

Posted in Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain
 Pregnant Women are most likely to suffer postpartum depression.  New evidence reveals pregnant women are typically deficient in Omega-3.  Eating fish while pregnant may lower the deficiency. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry reports:   Low levels of omega-3 may be behind postpartum depression, according to a review lead by Gabriel Shapiro of the University of Montreal… Continue Reading