Brain Injury, Soldiers, NFL Players and the American Public

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have lead to catastrophic head injuries for thousands of American soldiers. In many cases, the injuries are closed head injuries that are the result of concussive events. Often these kinds of injuries show no visible wounds but have a severe impact on the service member’s brain. Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have certainly killed thousands of brave American soldiers but many have survived such attacks only to Continue Reading

Wheelchair-Accessible Car for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Persons, who have been paralyzed with a spinal cord injury, may have limited choices in transportation, and these are usually restricted to conversion vehicles. However, that will soon change. This week, Miami-based Vehicle Production Group rolled out its first wheelchair-accessible car that has been designed specifically for use by wheelchair users. According to the company, this is the only car that has been designed to meet vehicle guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Stroke Risks

Brain injury lawyers are aware of the link between traumatic brain injury and the development of a number of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, a new study also links brain injury to an increased chance of stroke. Persons with a traumatic brain injury are at a much higher chance of suffering a stroke within three months after the injury. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a portion of the brain is Continue Reading

Loss of Specific Neurons after Brain Injury Leads to High Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

Thanks to people like Muhammed Ali, many Americans are aware that repeated concussions and mild brain injuries can increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease. However, a new study provides California brain injury lawyers new information about the source of this increased risk. Scientists at UCLA have identified that the loss of a specific kind of neuron is responsible for this increased long-term risk of Parkinson’s Disease. The researchers studied rats with moderate traumatic brain injury Continue Reading

US Military Experiments with Pressurized Chamber to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

The U.S. military is conducting experimental research on the use of pressurized chambers in order to treat traumatic brain injuries. The concept is based on exposing victims of traumatic brain injury to increased levels of oxygen, which can help the brain heal. The pressurized chambers are the same as those used to treat scuba divers who suffer from decompression sickness. Patients inside the pressurized chamber are exposed to the same amount of pressure as being Continue Reading

Increase in Infant Brain Injury during Recession

The number of infants suffering from head trauma leading to brain injury has increased significantly during the recession. New research indicates that the number of infants who had to be rushed to the hospital for treatment of non-accidental head trauma almost doubled during the recession. The study was conducted by researchers at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. The researchers reviewed cases of non-accident head trauma that was admitted into the hospital Continue Reading

Omega-3 Could Help Prevent Brain Injury

Fish oils have long been believed to be good for the brain, boosting brainpower and alertness. Now, it appears that certain fish oil proteins may also help protect the brain from traumatic brain injury. A study conducted by researchers at West Virginia University in Morgantown used research conducted on animals to conclude that fish body oils protect the brain from injury. In this experiment, rats were treated with omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid. The supplement Continue Reading

Study Finds Induction of Medical Coma Benefits Brain Injury Victims

A new study out of Australia indicates that brain injury patients who are put into a medically induced coma at the scene of the injury had a much better recovery rate than those who were put into a coma after they arrived at the hospital. The study involved an analysis of more than 300 patients, and the findings have been published in the Annals of Surgery. As part of the study, approximately 200 intensive care Continue Reading