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Tag Archives: Neurology

Brains and Music

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney
An imaging study by Stanford University School of Medicine scientists says brains of different people listening to the same piece of music actually respond in the same way, which may in part explain why music plays such a big role in our social existence.  Investigators used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to identify a distributed network… Continue Reading

Using EEG in Head Injury Patients

Posted in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Definition of EEG EEG or electroencephalogram, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a "painless procedure that uses small, flat metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp to detect electrical activity in your brain."  In cases of mild traumatic brain injury, EEG findings are routinely negative.  This is partially because in mild traumatic brain injury cases,… 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

Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Nevada Brain Injury Law  We know that repeated traumatic brain injury can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.  But did you know that even one traumatic brain injury can as well.  So whether multiple blast injuries, sports injuries or even just one car accident with traumatic brain injury, you could raise the chances of developing Alzheimer’s in… Continue Reading

Chronic Low Back Pain and Cognitive Impairment

Posted in Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 A common legal defense in cases of traumatic injury is that pain complaints, like low back pain, are the source of brain injury symptoms and reported cognitive impairments.  For instance, depression.  And while it is true that chronic or lasting pain can have symptoms that mimic those found with cognitive impairments, those symptoms are often… Continue Reading

Depression and the Brain

Posted in Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain
 Depression is something that can be related to brain activity.  It is frequently associated with traumatic brain injury as a sign, symptom or consequence. The frequency of depression can also be affected by external situations.  Recent data reveals that depression for Men due to Social and Economic Environment is prevalent.  Emory University School of Medicine… Continue Reading

Headline: Study of Best Test for Alzheimer’s

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues
PET Scans Affirmed New research has identified the memory and brain scan tests that appear to predict best whether a person with cognitive problems might develop Alzheimer’s disease. The research is published in the June 30, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (AAN) Longevity tests are tests… Continue Reading

Big Belly Study Findings Linked to Dementia

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues
Exercise is a form of anti-dementia.  A May 2010 online issue in the journal Annals of Neurology, the official journal of the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society, reveal results of the study by Boston University School of Medicine. In the new study, U.S. researchers confirmed the known link between obesity and lower… Continue Reading

Epilepsy in Soldiers With Brain Injuries

Posted in Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
With the War in Iraq technically over, many veterans are returning home.  The American Academy of Neurology reports Soldiers With Brain Injuries are at Higher Risk Of Epilepsy Years after Returning Home.  The new research is published in the July 20, 2010, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology,… Continue Reading

What is Scoliosis

Posted in Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury
According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary scoliosis is: Abnormal lateral and rotational curvature of the vertebral column. Depending on the etiology, there may be one curve, or primary and secondary compensatory curves; scoliosis may be "fixed" as a result of muscle and/or bone deformity or "mobile" as a result of unequal muscle contraction. Scoliosis is a… Continue Reading

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted in Books, Articles, and Literature
Pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health concern and challenge to critical care practitioners. The prevention of secondary injury is key to improving morbidity and mortality outcomes. Interventions are targeted at maintaining adequate cerebral blood flow and minimizing oxygen consumption by the brain. The anticipation and prevention of systemic complications are also… Continue Reading

Migraines Are Worsened by Light

Posted in The Human Brain
Findings published in Nature Neuroscience help explain why light makes Migraine Headaches worse.  Ask anyone who suffers from migraine headaches what they do when they’re having an attack, and you’re likely to hear "go into a dark room." And although it’s long been known that light makes migraines worse, the reason why has been unclear. … Continue Reading

Do Cell Phones Prevent or Contribute to Alzheimer’s?

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues
Now the million of cell phone users have good reason to keep on talking.  It baffles my mind to learn of something typically regarded as negative being cast into a positive light.  Reminds me of Woody Allen’s Sleeper where future scientists discover cigarette smoking and eating fat is healthy. An international team of researchers studying the long term effects… Continue Reading

Imaging Detects Alzheimer’s

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues
The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that PET (postron emission tomography) is able to detect the progression of Alzheimer’s in patients with dementia.  Preclinical Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by screening an individual’s cerebrospinal fluid for biomarkers of the condition. In addition, imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) can detect deposits of the substance linked… Continue Reading

Study May Prevent Broken Bones

Posted in Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury
Researchers working with NASA have developed a non-synthetic substance made of bone cells that replicates actual bone.  They intend to study how growth occurs in living bone. We all have, or know someone who has, broken a bone.  Interestingly, there are numerous types of broken bones.  Not only is the probability of developing arthritis increased… Continue Reading

AAN Issues Statement on New NFL Concussion Policy

Posted in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Robert C. Griggs, MD, FAAN, President of the American Academy of Neurology and The American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest professional association of neurologists, is encouraged by news reports that the National Football League will soon implement a new policy requiring an independent neurologist to evaluate players who have suffered a concussion. The Academy… Continue Reading

Big Brains and Big Intelligence

Posted in The Human Brain
Size is not what counts in the hunt for the most intelligent.  Whales have brains weighing 9 kg (with over 200 billion nerve cells), and human brains vary between 1.25 kg and 1.45 kg (with an estimated 85 billion nerve cells). A honeybee’s brain weighs only 1 milligram and contains fewer than a million nerve… Continue Reading

Old Brains as Good as Young Ones

Posted in The Human Brain
 The belief that healthy older brains are substantially smaller than younger brains may stem from studies that did not screen out people whose undetected, slowly developing brain disease was killing off cells in key areas, according to new research. As a result, previous findings may have overestimated atrophy and underestimated normal size for the older… Continue Reading

Functional Imaging Advances

Posted in The Human Brain
Advance in neuroimaging are always exciting as they assist doctors and clinicians in treating patients with traumatic brain injury.  Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a technique widely used in studying the human brain. However, it has long been unclear exactly how fMRI signals are generated at brain cell level. This information is crucially important… Continue Reading

Psychosis and Deficits

Posted in The Human Brain
A New Study from  the University of Tulsa, published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (Neuropsychological impairment and psychosis in mania. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 2009;31(5):523-532),  finds Deficits involving executive function, working memory, speed of information processing, and new learning Occur in many people with mania. Factors that predict impairment remain poorly… Continue Reading