Monthly Archives: December 2014

Researchers identify protein that predicts post-concussion severity

Elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved ╬▒II-spectrin N-terminal fragment shortly after concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms. Read article

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Aggression, DRD1 polymorphism, and lesion location in penetrating traumatic brain injury

Results suggest that the relationship between pTBI-related aggression and the dopaminergic system is modulated by lesion location. Read article

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PET/CT may improve differentiation of PTSD from MTBI

Hybrid imaging with positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT) in the pituitary region of the brain is a promising tool for differentiating those with PTSD from those with MTBI. Read article

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Injury timing alters metabolic, inflammatory and functional outcomes following repeated mild traumatic brain injury

Too rapid return to activity after a traumatic brain injury can induce permanent damage and disability. Read article

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Mobile app to diagnose head injuries scores FDA clearance

The new Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment is a mobile phone-based application designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury in almost any setting, which may help clinicians diagnose a patient in as little as five minutes. Read … Continue reading

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Adverse outcomes among homeless adolescents and young adults who report a history of traumatic brain injury

TBI occurs frequently among homeless young people and is a marker of adverse outcomes such as mental health difficulties, suicidal behavior, substance use, and victimization. Read article

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Headed for Disaster: What We Know About Traumatic Brain Injury

Questions are being raised about the link between brain injury and mental instability. Read article

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The neuro-ophthalmology of head trauma

Vision-based testing is vital in the management of all forms of TBI and provides a sensitive approach for sideline or post-injury concussion screening. Read article

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Nanoscale devices for enhanced detection and treatment of brain injuries

Researchers are studying possibilities of using nanoscale devices for enhanced detection and treatment of brain injuries ranging from mild to severe. Read article

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Prehospital hypertension in traumatic brain injury is associated with a higher mortality risk

These findings may have important early triage and treatment implications. Read article

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