Article from WPTV5 by Rachel Leitao:
Luca Annunziata fell Nov. 28 while playing a casual game of roller hockey with his family.
He was not wearing a helmet and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Luca was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center where he was rushed into the operating room for surgery on his brain.
Luca's parents were told he may never wake up. Two months later Luca's recovery is being called a miracle. Continue reading...
Article from Yale.edu by Bill Hathaway:
Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology. Continue reading...
Article from neuroscientistnews.com:
A new study involving the University of Texas (UT) at Dallas researchers shows that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) technology could help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who suffer weakness and paralysis caused by strokes.
Article from Forbes by Nicole Fisher:
We know that the brain is neuroplastic — adapts to changes in behavior, environment, thinking and emotions — and may even rewire itself in certain ways. Life experience also teaches us that the tongue is a learning tool that shapes our brain. During early development, babies test everything by placing it in their mouths. As children age they stick out their tongues when concentrating on tasks such as drawing. Even as adults we let our tongue tell us about the world around us through eating, drinking and kissing. During basketball games, some players stick out their tongues while shooting. Now, knowing that there is such a rich nerve connection to the brain, scientists and doctors are turning to the tongue as a way to possibly stimulate the brain for neural retraining and rehabilitation after traumatic injuries or disease.
Article from sciencemag.org by Brian Owens:
The Montreal Neurological Institute plans to free up its findings, including data that point to connections between brain regions communicating at different neural rhythms.
Guy Rouleau, the director of McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) and Hospital in Canada, is frustrated with how slowly neuroscience research translates into treatments. “We’re doing a really shitty job,” he says. “It’s not because we’re not trying; it has to do with the complexity of the problem.”
Article from The Guardian by Mo Costandi:
An international team of researchers has developed a miniaturized wireless electronic device that can monitor temperature and pressure when implanted into the brains of mice, and then dissolve to be naturally resorbed into the soft tissue once they are no longer needed.
Article from The New Yorker by RACHEL LOUISE SNYDER:
"Still, victims of domestic violence are not routinely screened for strangulation or brain injury in emergency rooms, and the victims themselves, who tend to have poor recollections of the incidents, are often not even aware that they’ve lost consciousness. This means that diagnoses are rarely formalized, the assaults and injuries are downplayed, and abusers are prosecuted under lesser charges."
Article from Huffington Post by Tanya Lewis:
In 2002, two men savagely attacked Jason Padgett outside a karaoke bar, leaving him with a severe concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. But the incident also turned Padgett into a mathematical genius who sees the world through the lens of geometry. Read more...
Article from CNBC by Uptin Saiidi:
In an era of increasing activity in the biotech sector, Brian Harris is bringing a level of simplicity to the medical field.
His company, MedRhythms, uses melodies and rhythms to help treat and combat the effects of certain brain injuries, strokes, and Parkinson's disease. Read more...
Article from Brainline.org by Abby Maslin:
Abby Maslin reflects on the past few years of her life after her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury. This blog entry speaks to the thousands of people out there who have a spouse fighting to regain the life they knew before the TBI. You can read all of Abby's blogs here.
Article from RefreshedMag.com by Lori Arnold:
Ryden went 43 minutes without sufficient oxygen and suffered severely massive brain damage,” his mother said, adding that her newborn was transferred to another hospital where he could get the specialized critical care treatment he needed.
Despite her ruptured uterus, Heather was released from the hospital less than 24 hours after the ordeal. Doctors attributed her quick recovery to Ryden.
“The surgeon told us that it seemed one of the only reasons I did not die or bleed out was because when he cut me open Ryden’s head was completely blocking the tear,” she said.
The couple was told that even though she was minutes away from delivery when her uterus ruptured, “Ryden reversed and was positioned in such a way that literally saved my life.” Read more...
Article from KQED News by Katrina Schwartz:
It has become a cultural cliché that raising adolescents is the most difficult part of parenting. It’s common to joke that when kids are in their teens they are sullen, uncommunicative, more interested in their phones than in their parents and generally hard to take. But this negative trope about adolescents misses the incredible opportunity to positively shape a kid’s brain and future life course during this period of development. Read more...
Article from WVXU.org by Mark Heyne:
Traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30 percent of all injury deaths. Those who survive a brain injury may face short-term effects lasting a few days to disabilities which could last the rest of their lives. Listen to full audio.
Article from Standard Examiner:
This is the 14th in a 25-part series, 25 Days of Giving, that features one-minute videos on Northern Utah non-profit agencies during the month of December. Read more...
Courtyard by Marriott and the state of Indiana are doing their part to support people with disabilities by opening a teaching hotel geared toward workers with special needs. Read more...
Article from Horsetalk:
Medical researchers in Texas have found that halting production of new neurons in the brain following traumatic brain injury can help reduce resulting epileptic seizures, cognitive decline, and impaired memory. Read more...
Article from InForum by Tracy Frank:
FARGO — Jeff Knoll was insulating his garage attic in March 1993 when he fell 13½ feet, landed on his head and the course of his life changed. Read more...
Article from AOL:
CANTON, Ohio (WPIX) -- A seizure wasn't going to prevent one Akron, Ohio 2-year-old from meeting Santa.
Ryland Wade has epilepsy and spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. He's on a special diet to help control his seizures, but still has them multiple times a day.
Article from Brainline.org by Joel Goldstein:
Navigating the unchartered waters of TBI recovery is a painful and exhausting journey especially when you consider how difficult it is weighing the options of side effect versus positive outcome. It's never easy and Joel Goldstein, father of a child with TBI, articulates this struggle beautifully in this article he wrote back in 2012. Read more...
Article from SF Gate by David Downs (Photo by Jason David):
Epidiolex is generally not available in the United States, due to the federal War on Drugs. Instead, medical marijuana providers are making CBD-rich formulations in the 23 medical marijuana states. The U.S. government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars arresting and prosecuting such providers, advocacy groups say. Read more...