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Recognizing the Signs of Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury

Paradigm − April 18, 2017 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury, Burn Injury

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries pose challenging obstacles when it comes to correctly diagnosing and treating injured workers. Because they are less visible than other injuries, it is essential for medical teams to understand how to properly diagnose concussions and other types of TBI. Assessing Concussions and TBI According to Dr. Nancy Mann, medical director… Learn More

Virtual Reality: Opportunities for Paraplegic Rehabilitation

Paradigm − September 27, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

The newest advancement in paraplegic rehabilitation sounds like something out of Neuromancer – a virtual reality device that not only acts as a form of physical rehabilitation but could, in some instances, lead to a restoration of feeling and motion. The medical science has been around for close to two decades, but until recently, the… Learn More

NABIS Annual Conference 2016 Recap

Deborah Benson, PhD − April 26, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury, Events

An interesting theme emerged at this year’s North American Brain Injury Society’s (NABIS) 13th Annual Conference held April 6-9 in Tampa, Florida. Conference attendees and presenters alike were thinking about the emerging trend away from conceptualizing and managing brain injury as an acute injury, to management as a chronic health condition. In this vein, presentations… Learn More

Adapted Yoga and Traumatic Brain Injury

Paradigm − April 12, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

With more than 1.7 million people sustaining a traumatic brain injury each year, clinicians are constantly seeking new ways to minimize long-term consequences and improve quality of life. Could an adapted form of yoga help minimize the effects of a brain injury and help individuals recover? Connecting the Mind and Body A research team at Indiana… Learn More

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New Drug Shows Promise for TBI Patients

Paradigm − March 29, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

When a patient suffers a traumatic brain injury, the human body will typically mobilize immune cells to start the inflammatory response process as part of the body’s effort to heal. Unfortunately, when it comes to head trauma, these immune cells’ inflammatory response can actually further damage the brain tissue, leading to impaired cognition, memory and… Learn More

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Potential Regenerative Brain Therapy?

Paradigm − March 22, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

A 17 year old boy, Curt Allen, Jr., was involved in a high speed car accident in 2004 where he was comatose at the scene and left with an acute traumatic brain injury (TBI). After being discharged from a brain injury rehabilitation center for making minimal progress, he was referred to a physician who had… Learn More

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5 Recommendations for Brain Injury Awareness Month

Paradigm − March 15, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 3.5 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year, and more than 12 million are impacted by this condition. Acquired brain injuries not only affect the injured person, but also their families and friends. The Brain Injury Association of America raises awareness for this complex condition by… Learn More

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Concussion: A Film Draws Much Needed Attention to Brain Injury

Deborah Benson, PhD − January 12, 2016 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

Change can be slow. Change is often difficult. But change is inevitable. Concussion, the highly anticipated film starring Will Smith that opened on Christmas Day, tells the tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist who first identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in an American football player, Mike Webster, upon autopsy in 2002. Dr. Omalu later… Learn More

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Paradigm Explains: Glasgow Coma Scale

Paradigm − December 29, 2015 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

Before 1974, there was no consistent way to clinically assess the levels of impaired consciousness or responsiveness in comatose patients. This lead to misunderstandings when different cases were compared and results shared among doctors. That’s when Neurosurgery Professors Graham Teasdale and Bryan Jennet of the University of Glasgow devised the Glasgow Coma Scale as a… Learn More

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Coping with a Catastrophic Injury During the Holidays

Paradigm − December 15, 2015 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

The holiday season is a true feast for the senses. There’s so much to see and do: big family gatherings, wonderful meals and desserts, colorful lights and decorations, plus all the parties and special events. It’s a time of hope and joy and rejuvenation. And yes, it can be a little stressful for everyone, but… Learn More