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  • Latest Medical Research

    The latest medical research for traumatic brain injury includes Quantative Magentic Resonance, Cellular Damage, Tinnitus Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Spectrocopy and more.

  • Ways the Brain is Injured

    The leading causes of TBI are motorvehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries. While the brain is by far the most complex object on earth, it is soft and vulnerable with a consistency of firm pudding.

  • Frontal Lobe Brain Injury

    The frontal lobes provide the integration of all other brain functions into a seamless whole. They allow us to do higher level thinking, those things that are above the level of animal instinct. Planning, multitasking, risk assessment and the exquisite complexities of social interaction are all handled by the frontal lobes.

  • Epidural and Subdural Hematoma

    An epidural hematoma (EDH) is found in approximately 3% of patients suffering from TBI. SDH is diagnosed when there is a collection of blood inside the skull, but also inside the covering of the brain called the Dura.

  • Cranial Nerve Injury

    The cranial nerves are nerves that run from the base of the brain into different parts of the head. They can commonly be involved in traumatic injury which also includes injury to the brain itself.

  • Pituitary Injury

    One of the discoveries in the past twenty years has been that a larger percentage of persons who suffer a severe brain injury, also injure the part of their brain known as the "pituitary gland."

  • Symptoms of Brain Injury

    Any brain function can be disrupted by brain trauma: excessive sleepiness, inattention, difficulty concentrating, impaired memory, faulty judgment, depression, irritability, emotional outbursts, disturbed sleep, diminished libido, difficulty switching between two tasks, and slowed thinking.

  • Little Known Symptoms

    Along with the standard injuries involving cognitive ability, personality change, executive function decline, and others which have been widely reported on, there are additional injuries and symptoms suffered by those who have had traumatic brain injury, which are not widely known but can cause profound problems.

  • Brain Injury in Children

    In children some neurologic deficits after head trauma may not manifest for many years. Frontal lobe functions, for example, develop relatively late in a child's growth, so that injury to the frontal lobes may not become apparent until the child reaches adolescence as higher level reasoning develops.

  • Understanding Diagnostic Tests

    From the time of a patients arrival at the ER through follow-up treatment, a wide variety of complicated testings can be done to help determine if brain injury may have occurred.

  • The Anatomy of the Brain

    The easiest way to understand brain anatomy is to view it as it developed. The earliest animals needed a simple brain - a brain stem... As mammals became smarter, making more sophisticated judgments, the brain had to be expanded to accommodate these new demands.

  • Coma: Some Facts

    Information and facts about coma resulting from a brain injury or head injury.

  • Recovery and Rehabilitation

    The pace and extent of recovery from brain injury can vary considerably, even between patients with similar injuries. Levels of recovery are often measured in rehabilitation programs with the use of the Rancho Los Amigos Scale.

  • Seizures and Head Injury

    Seizures may develop immediately after an injury to the brain or may develop in delayed fashion, showing up months or years after the initial trauma.

  • Intracranial Pressure (ICP)

    Intracranial Pressure (ICP) is a very important way of monitoring the health and outcome of the brain after injury. The brain is encased in a non-flexible cover - the skull. Therefore, if there are changes which result in increased pressure, the fluid that surrounds the brain has nowhere to go.

  • Cognitive Reserve

    Cognitive reserve is really a fancy term for a common sense notion - that the more brain you have going into an accident or old age, the better your outcome will be. The concept of cognitive reserve ( CR) posits that once the brain reserve capacity of an individual is depleted past a certain threshold, clinical and functional deficits and symptoms will emerge.

  • Neuropsychiatric Problems

    There is substantial psychological and neuro-behavioral evidence available to support the fact that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a risk factor for subsequent psychiatric disorders.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Sleep Disorders

    One of the very significant problems arising from TBI is that the biological rhythm of sleep is disrupted. A majority of victims of TBI express difficulty in sleeping, altered sleep pattern or need to sleep an unusually long amount following injury.

  • Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Other Topics

    find answers to brain injury related questions which may not have been addressed in the previous materials.

  • Multiple Sclerosis Aggravation

    The relationship between acute stress and aggravation of quiet or asymptomatic MS is well established by medical literature especially that which has come out since the year 2000.

  • Toxic Exposures

    There are nearly 1000 substances which have been identified as having, or possibly having, neurotoxic effects. Exposure to sufficient amounts of these chemicals, either in the work place or elsewhere, can cause neurological and brain problems.

  • Electrical and Lightning Injury

    High Voltage electric shock or lightning stroke can cause damage to the central nervous system, motor neurons, or peripheral nerves.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury in the Aging Population: Litigating Medical Issues

    There are special concerns and unique medical considerations present in litigating a TBI in the elderly that are not present themselves in other cases.