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Concussion Research Center Established at McGill University

Posted in Publications, Resources, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A new research center has been established at McGill University to study the effects of mild traumatic brain injury.  The new research center will purchase a state of the Ultra High Performance MRI system whose strength is reportedly 64 times greater than what is currently available. The full news story can be accessed at: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/cutting-edge-concussion-research-centre-coming-to-mcgill… Continue Reading

Upcoming Brain Injury Conferences

Posted in Books, Articles, and Literature, Brain Injury News and Event Update, Publications, Resources, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
I am attending the Traumatic Brain Injury Annual Conference with the American Association of Justice next month in Montreal.  The American Association for Justice is a group of dedicated lawyers fighting for consumers and injured people.  The Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group is a specialty subset of the American Association for Justice.  These lawyers represent… 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

BIAA Brain Injury Conferences in August 2015

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Fatigue After Brain Injury BIAA Caregiver Webinar Thursday, August 6, 2015 3:00 p.m. eastern/12:00 (noon) pacific Michelle Ranae Wild, Co-Director, Coastline Community College ABI Program   Fatigue can be challenging to manage after a brain injury and can impact many day-to-day tasks. What are the common ways it affects people with brain injury? What are… Continue Reading

Are Men and Women Equal in Recovery from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

Posted in Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
depression_graphicWhen the issue of Equality comes up, there are deeply held beliefs in both women and men.  However science is now revealing an inequality may exist between men and women as to how they recover from mild traumatic brain injury. Women may have a more difficult time than men in recovering from concussion, according to… Continue Reading

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

Brain Injury Association of America Legislative Update for May 2015

Posted in Legislation, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The Brain Injury Association of America asked me to share this May 2015 Legislative Update.  Here it is: National Institutes of Health Caucus formed in the United States Senate On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) caucus. The Senators will co-chair the caucus… Continue Reading

Research Reveals Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be Reduced From Brain’s Ability To Heal Itself

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Brain Lipids The Cure for Traumatic Brain Injury? In an extensive opinion piece recently published online on Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, researchers make the case for pioneering work underway seeking to understand and repair brain function at the molecular level. Also known as TBI, traumatic brain injury most commonly results from a sudden, violent blow to… 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

Concussions, Sports, Kids

Posted in Personal Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Youth SportsRecent concussion laws that set out to prevent head injuries in American teenage athletes should be extended to include the activities of summer camps, travel teams and all-star teams. This will ensure that all children and youths who suffer head injuries receive appropriate care and education. So says Thomas Trojian of Drexel University College of… Continue Reading

$5.2 Million Brain Injury Verdict Against Trucking Company Upheld on Appeal in Texas

Posted in Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Personal Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
I found this recent post about a trial verdict in a case of traumatic brain injury being upheld on appeal at $5.2 million in TEXAS (of all places).  It is interesting because the plaintiff was a driver/employee of trucking company-defendant.  This is a guest post by Starkeisha Tucker. Texas Affirms $5.2 Million Brain Injury Verdict… 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 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

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

Fasting for Brain Health

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, The Human Brain
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