New Program Promises Improved Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis

What happens when a patient is admitted to a trauma center with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Clinicians will first classify the injury as mild, moderate or severe, by assessing the patient’s consciousness levels. The differences in TBIs will vary greatly from the initial trauma and assessment to the resulting effects in the years that follow. The use of broad classifications for these injuries can be detrimental by limiting the predictability of the patient’s outcomes, both long-term and short-term. “Every traumatic brain injury is unique,” said Vignesh Subbian, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, or BME, and the Department of Systems and Industrial [...]

By | 2018-11-16T23:17:19+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Jim Vititoe Once Again Named a Top Brain Injury Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers

Vititoe Law Group founder Jim Vititoe has once again been named a top brain injury lawyer  by the National Trial Lawyers. This is the 2nd year in a row that Mr. Vititoe has received this recognition.    The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization of America’s top trial lawyers. Membership in the organization is by invitation only and is extended to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state or major geographical area. The National Trial Lawyers has evaluated Mr. Vititoe's qualifications and extended an exclusive invitation to him based on his performance as an exceptional trial lawyer. With more than [...]

By | 2018-10-25T21:05:37+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

UCLA Brain Injury Study: Every Cell has a Story to Tell

Thanks to a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) brain injury study, scientists now have a real time window into how head injury affects thousands of individual cells and genes simultaneously in mice. This approach, reported in Nature Communication, and supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), could lead to precise treatments being developed for traumatic brain injury. “Instead of clustering responses according to categories of cells in TBI, we can now see how individual cells in those groups react to head injury,” said Patrick Bellgowan, Ph.D., program director at NINDS. UCLA professors, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, Ph.D. and Xia Yang, Ph.D., and colleagues, [...]

By | 2018-10-15T17:54:16+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

CDC: First Guidelines for Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has, for the first time, released specific guidelines for the treatment of young people with mild traumatic brain injuries, commonly referred to as concussions. An extensive review of the current research into mild traumatic brain injuries yielded the determination by a panel of experts as to the best practice based on the evidence. “It’s only recently that we started to have enough research to do this,” said Matt Gammons, the former president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine in an interview with Popular Science. “For a long time, we didn’t know a whole lot about brain trauma [...]

By | 2018-09-19T15:35:13+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Rutgers Study: New Unique Approach for Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

A team of researchers, in a Rutgers University study, has discovered two molecules that could be the basis for developing new drugs for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. The study, which was recently published in the journal of Neurobiology of Disease, uncovered the findings. Lead author Bonnie Firestein, a professor of cell biology at Rutgers opined that damage caused by traumatic brain injuries isn’t just the result of the physical blow, but is connected to the release of a neurotransmitter referred to as glutamate. “I think that this opens up a whole new way of thinking,” Firestein said, “Because, if you want to help somebody [...]

By | 2018-08-24T15:52:12+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Changes in Tiny Blood Vessels May Aid Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis

Research by the University of Pennsylvania indicates changes to tiny blood vessels in the brains of people with traumatic injuries, may aid in more precise diagnosis and better treatment decisions. The research presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting on April 27, 2018, showed changes in the blood vessels may be linked to a spectrum of cognitive symptoms following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI accounts for 2.5 million emergency room visits, 280,000 hospitalizations and an average of nearly 50,000 deaths annually, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one third of all injury deaths are attributed to TBIs. “The relationship [...]

By | 2018-08-03T17:33:39+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children Linked to ADHD Years Later

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) send over one million children, adolescents and young adults to the ER each year in the United States. A recent study suggested that TBI might be linked to an increased risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that does not appear for several years. In the research reported in JAMA Pediatrics by Megan Narad, PhD of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and colleagues, very young children who experienced severe TBI were 3.6 times more likely to develop secondary ADHD as long as 6.8 years following the injury. “Children with a history of traumatic brain injuries – even those with less severe injuries – [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:45:30+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

New High-Tech Goggles Help Diagnose Suspected Brain Injuries

A new handheld device, developed by the Texas Biomedical Device Center (TXBDC), shows promise in aiding doctors to diagnose concussions on the sidelines of athletic fields. The high tech pair of goggles, called Neurotriage, can quickly measure an individuals visual tracking abilities. The baseline test can then be followed up with additional tests, following an impact, to detect a mild brain injury. Doctors are able to detect impairments in brain function that are likely to result in diminished performance through measuring eye movements, according to the TXBDC website. Performance metrics such as reaction time, target marking, balance and visual steadiness can be detected in less than [...]

By | 2018-05-24T17:04:27+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

NFL Player is the First Living CTE Diagnosis

For the first time, scientists claim they have evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) found in a living patient. This would be a breakthrough in the research into the slowly progressive brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head. A study of 14 retired NFL players, published in the medical journal Neurosurgery, found that a signature protein of CTE, known as tau, forms around the damaged neural cells. Doctors diagnosed one of the players, unnamed in the study, with CTE. The player was later identified by the lead author of the study, Dr. Bennet Omalu, as Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill, who died of ALS in [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:49:18+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Brain Injury|0 Comments

UCLA Study: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Revealed by Biomarkers

Concussions, which are actually mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), often go undiagnosed and can lead to lasting neurological impairment, especially if the injuries recur. Researchers at UCLA have identified biomarkers that could aid doctors in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries with only a simple blood test. Brain cells called astrocytes, release proteins as biomarkers into the bloodstream when the astrocytes outer membranes rupture from impact or shaking. Doctors currently rely on CT scans or a scoring system to describe the level of a patient’s consciousness after suffering a blow to the head. However, neither method has shown to accurately predict recovery or disability while milder [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:52:02+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Brain Injury|0 Comments

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