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Study: Disruptions in brain connectivity may explain TBI-related cognitive deficits

Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

— Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

Brain connectivity disruptions may explain cognitive deficits in people with brain injury (UT-Dallas release):

“Cognitive impairment following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common, often adversely affecting quality of life for those 1.7 million Americans who experience a TBI each year. Researchers at Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Smell tests to help detect brain injury and neurodegenerative ailments

smell_systemSmell Tests Could One Day Reveal Head Trauma and Neurodegenerative Disease (Scientific American):

“Name that smell—if you can’t, it could be an indicator of a problem somewhere in your brain. New research suggests that scratch-and-sniff smell tests could become Read the rest of this entry »

Brain health, and concussions, start to receive due attention



Investing in brain health (CNBC):

“No more than 10 years ago, I played for a league where I felt the pressures both internally and externally to return to the field and keep playing no matter what. The words “concussion” and “TBI” (traumatic brain injury) were not frequently used Read the rest of this entry »

Expanding the brain health toolkit with mobile neurobehavioral tests — aka a “brain thermometer”?

thermometersArmy touts ‘brain thermometer’ as front-line tool (Army Times):

“Army medics will soon use what’s been dubbed a “brain thermometer”: a mobile phone application that can, within minutes, provide health professionals data to help diagnose and measure a soldier’s injuries…

The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment, produced by AnthroTronix, includes Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Traumatic Brain Injury patients with high cognitive reserve recover 7 times better

Car_AccidentPeople with More Education May Recover Better from Traumatic Brain Injury (Neurology):

“The study examined people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, most of which were from motor vehicle accidents or falls. All were taken to Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding the impact of concussions on the brain

brainconcussionNIHWhat a concussion looks like inside your brain (PBS):

  • “But what happens to the brain right after a concussion? Researchers at the National Institute of Health peered into the brains of mice and watched how a traumatic brain injury progresses over a day. Read the rest of this entry »

The Crash Reel: Upcoming HBO documentary on traumatic brain injury & recovery

TCRWe just learned about upcoming HBO documentary The Crash Reel, based on the story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his traumatic brain injury, and his recovery. If you live in or near Washington, DC, you can enjoy screenings in:

Description: Training to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics Read the rest of this entry »

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