Disorders of Consciousness

Paradigm − April 10, 2018 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

The brain is one of the most complex organs in the body, and damage can cause a wide range of impairments called “Disorders of Consciousness.” The challenge is to better understand and diagnose these dynamic states to apply the right care.   There are three main Disorders of Consciousness:   A coma state is a… Learn More

Understanding post-concussion syndrome: the interrelationship between the neurologic and the psychiatric.

Paradigm − November 13, 2017 − filed under Acquired Brain Injury

Seth Fischer, a fourth-year medical student at the University of California/Davis School of Medicine, was riding his bike near the campus in 2015 when an accident resulted in a concussion. While not uncommon among active young people, the bike accident would shed valuable light on a subject that continues to vex physicians: post-concussion syndrome. Dr.… Learn More


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

Paradigm − 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


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


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


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


Concussion: A Film Draws Much Needed Attention to Brain Injury

Paradigm − 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