11-year-old Home After Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury

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11-year-old Home After Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury

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...

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Is Your Tongue The Key To A Neuroscience Breakthrough?

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Is Your Tongue The Key To A Neuroscience Breakthrough?

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.

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Montreal Institute Going ‘Open’ To Accelerate Science

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Montreal Institute Going ‘Open’ To Accelerate Science

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.”

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No Visible Bruises: Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

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No Visible Bruises: Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

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."

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Born dead | Baby Defies Odds After Traumatic Delivery

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Born dead | Baby Defies Odds After Traumatic Delivery

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...

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Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

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Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

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...

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Marijuana Extract Slashes Pediatric Seizures, Landmark Study Confirms

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Marijuana Extract Slashes Pediatric Seizures, Landmark Study Confirms

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...

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