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Surviving Brain Injury

Posted on September 26, 2016, Traumatic Brain Injury

  If you think that the world can sometimes be a lonely place, imagine that one day you were on top of the world—recently married, a promising writing career, family was healthy— and out for a bicycle ride on beautiful day.  Then a collision with a motor vehicle catapults you to the pavement, and you sustain life threatening […]

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AFTER A CONCUSSION, CAN A STANDARD EXAMINATION OF MY CHILD’S EYES “RULE OUT” A BRAIN INJURY?

Posted on March 22, 2016, Traumatic Brain Injury

    After your child suffers a concussion, don’t be misled by the part of the emergency room examination that includes the eyes. That examination is generally limited to an assessment of extraocular movements and the pupils (equal and reactive to light). A normal eye examination in the emergency room following a head injury cannot […]

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The Use of Technology by People with Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on February 1, 2016, Traumatic Brain Injury

    Traumatic brain injuries are heterogeneous. That means that symptom burden and outcomes depend upon multiple variables relating to the cause of the injury, the amount of force that caused the injury, the extent of rotational forces causing the injury, the areas of the brain suffering acute and secondary injury, the scope of physical, […]

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RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER A MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?

Posted on December 30, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

  A “concussion” is a brain injury, and even a mild concussion can have serious ramifications for individual long-term well being. At the acute injury stage, which is often in the Emergency Room, health care professionals try to balance the discussion, avoiding a diagnosis of “brain injury,” but the reality is that no one knows […]

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DRIVING AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Posted on November 11, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

Following head trauma, there is often good reason to counsel patients about driving. Not surprisingly, the array of cognitive deficits that may be present can increase the risk of injury to the brain injury survivor as well as passengers, pedestrians and other drivers. In our very mobile society, following injury there will inevitably be both […]

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Can the Mystery of Persistent Symptoms of Post-Concussion Disorder be Solved?

Posted on October 7, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

 Persistent post-concussion symptoms are often posited as a mystery by some healthcare providers. And in the context of litigation, the familiar refrain from defense “so-called” experts is that the typical period of spontaneous recovery for mild traumatic brain is three months, and that to the extent that symptoms linger beyond that, it is often attributable […]

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When Is a Head Injury a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Posted on August 26, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

Head injury exists on a continuum that ranges from a bump on the head to death. At the most trivial end of the spectrum, we’ve all smacked our heads on something and wound up with a lump that disappears gradually without any lasting consequence. (See #1 & 2 below.) At the other end of the […]

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SEQUELAE OF PEDIATRIC TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Posted on August 5, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) is a major health concern for children. Research on the short-term neurological effects of brain injuries has been substantial. Unfortunately, the studies regarding the consequences of pediatric TBI is limited, and thus data on longstanding benefits from interventions is as well. Erroneously, parents, educators and many health care providers measure recovery based upon […]

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Brain Injury Association and Scholarly Journal

Posted on November 27, 2008, Traumatic Brain Injury

The Brain Injury Association of America (“BIAA”) is the leading voice of brain injury in the United States. It is the parent organization for a network of state affiliates including the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut and the Brain Injury Association of New York State. These organizations service professionals and businesses involved in the diagnosis, […]

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The American Academy of Neurology Recognizes – There’s Nothing Mild About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on August 13, 2007, Traumatic Brain Injury

Like never before, the war in Iraq is focusing dialogue on brain injuries. The discussion has been prompted by the large number of casualties who have sustained such injuries and who have survived. Not only are troops experiencing penetrating trauma that often result in prolonged periods or unconsciousness or require brain surgery but they are […]

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