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Happy Holidays & American Association for Justice 2016

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Publications, Resources, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
New York City Times Square 2016Happy Holidays!! My best and most sincere wishes to all my friends, family and colleagues: A most happy, joyful, peaceful, and prosperous New Year. American Association for Justice  The Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2016 Conference in Times Square New York City, was an unpredicted success. Attendance, during this festive time of year, was an… Continue Reading

Unemployment and Suicide Risk

Posted in Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
I am again featuring Julia Merrill as guest blogger.  Julia has been publishing tips and comments on how the signs, symptoms and consequences of traumatic brain injury affects peoples lives.  This week she looks at how unemployment, a consequence of traumatic brain injury, can lead to suicide. Why Your Unemployment Status Could Increase Your Suicide… Continue Reading

Legislative Update July 2016 Congress Goes Home

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Legislation, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Resources, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
BIAAJuly 2016 Here is the legislative update from the Center for Neuroskills and the Brain Injury Association of America. With Congress adjourned and in their home districts, advocates have an excellent opportunity to speak out about brain injury. Many are campaigning to be re-elected and other candidates are campaigning to take their jobs. They, along… Continue Reading

Best Jobs For Those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted in Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Publications, Resources, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues
Occasionally I am privileged to post a guest blog.  Folks contact me interested in my niche of law and medicine and ask me to review a potential post.  This one is from Julia Merrill discussing best jobs for victims of post traumatic stress disorder. I felt this article particularly useful. My experience with traumatic brain injury and post… Continue Reading

Neurological Disease Act

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Uncategorized
BIAAThe Brain Injury Association of America updated its legislative progress on June 24, 2016.   Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act Brain injury advocates have helped get the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (S. 849) further than it has ever advanced in the United States Senate. This bill would establish a data collection system to… Continue Reading

PTSD

Posted in Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating consequences. Both are associated with high rates of disability and suicide, and although they are separate conditions, they commonly co-occur. For example, a soldier who has developed PTSD as a result of a traumatic experience may have also sustained a brain injury during… 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

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

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

Helmet Update

Posted in Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Concussion in MilitaryMs. Cheryl K. Chumley posted the following blog about the use of defective helmets for the military: defective since they can actually make blast head injury worse than with no helmet.  Ms. Chumley Displayed the following with permission from The Washington Times. The post brings up helmet issues.  Nowadays you see skiers, horseback riders, and most other… Continue Reading

Brain Injury Association Of America Legislative Update December 2014

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) asked me to share this Legislative Update for December 2014. Congress returned from the Thanksgiving holiday this week to address a number of pending issues, including appropriations to keep the federal government running past Dec. 11, when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) funding government ends. Also on their… 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

Blast Injury

Posted in Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues
Blasts may cause brain injury even without symptoms: Veteran study Veterans exposed to explosions who do not report symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have damage to the brain’s white matter comparable to veterans with TBI, according to researchers. Veterans of recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan often have a history of… 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

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury After Blast Injury

Posted in Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury After Blast Injury The Journal of Neurotrauma recently published findings by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Mild traumatic brain injury after blast exposure produces inflammation, oxidative stress and gene activation patterns similar to memory processing disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become an important… 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

The Healing Cannabis

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Psychotropic Drug THC has both Healing and Neurological-Protective Properties THC (cannabis) has the power to heal and protect the brain, a new study shows.  That’s right. Medical cannabis is often used by sufferers of chronic ailments, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, to combat pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, and other symptoms. A professor at… Continue Reading

How The Brain Keeps Track Of Similar But Distinct Memories

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)
 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

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

Gulf War Illness

Posted in Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Gulf War Illness and Traumatic Brain Injury. New research confirms a link between physical changes and brain fibers that process pain. This new study concludes that veterans, compared to unaffected subjects, have significant axonal damage. Medical symptoms have been reported by more than one-fourth of the 697,000 veterans deployed to the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. These symptoms, termed Gulf… 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

MRI Shows Promise in Treating Post Concussion Syndrome

Posted in Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  MRI Shows Promise in Treating Post Concussion Syndrome New findings suggest MRI shows changes in the brains of people with post-concussion syndrome (PCS).  These findings are from a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers hope the results point the way to improved detection and treatment for the disorder. Concussion Defined A concussion is… Continue Reading

Serotonin and Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, 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)
 Depressive symptoms are a common mental health problem following traumatic brain injury (TBI), occurring in up to 87% of patients. Depression following Traumatic brain injury has important consequences including poor functioning, lack of ability to return to work and family activities and prolonged Traumatic brain injury symptoms. The reason depression develops in some patients following… Continue Reading

Single Traumatic Brain Injury Changes Brain

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Personal Injury, Publications, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 My friend and colleague, Randy Rozek, editor of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Newsletter, recently shared a blog revealing that a single traumatic brain injury can change the brain.  Randy practices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Randy writes: A new study published in the highly-regarded Journal of Neurotrauma establishes organic brain changes, even in cases of… Continue Reading