Monthly Archives: March 2014

Epilepsy after traumatic brain injury: important new findings

These findings suggest that when the brain is injured, GABA-producing interneurons in the brain cortex are lost. In some people this causes a toxic build-up of glutamate, which can lead to the production and spread of epileptic activity. Read article

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Omega-3 fatty acids and traumatic neurological injury

Acute administration of omega-3 PUFAs after injury and dietary exposure before or after injury improve neurological outcomes in experimental SCI and TBI. Read article

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How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries

Thanks to a new invention, we’re finally learning how to diagnose and treat the lingering affects of explosive events that have led to a mass of traumatic brain injuries in veterans. Read article

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Return to work following mild traumatic brain injury

The vast majority of this cohort returned to work within 2 months. Predictors of slower RTW included age, multiple bodily injuries, intracranial abnormality at the day of injury, and fatigue. Read article

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Diffuse brain damage can occur with no signs of ‘concussion’

A standard experimental model of concussion in rats causes substantial brain damage, but no behavioral changes comparable to those seen in patients with concussion, reports a study. Read article

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Head injury and loss of consciousness raise the likelihood of developing and maintaining PTSD symptoms

Survivors with loss of consciousness and head injury had higher prevalence of PTSD and higher levels of PTSD symptoms, suggesting that patients with head injury and loss of consciousness reported in the emergency department are at higher risk for PTSD. … Continue reading

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Study finds stem cell combination therapy improves traumatic brain injury outcomes

USF researchers found that a combination of human umbilical cord blood cells (hUBCs) and granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), a growth factor, was more therapeutic than either administered alone, or each with saline, or saline alone. Read article

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