Three neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania have been working on a four-year project for the Department of Defense called Restoring Active Memory. The goal of the program is to develop "next-generation technologies that improve memory function in people who suffer from memory loss." Their recent findings were published in Current Biology.
Brain injuries can affect victims for the rest of their lives. We recently discussed the symptoms of internal brain injuries. Be sure you keep those in mind if you are involved in any type of accident that caused you to hit your head or that rattled your head.
It can be hard for parents to spot an internal head injury. You know your child had an accident, but there's not all that much exterior damage. Your child is too young to identify symptoms or tell you about them. What should you look for?
Your child has suffered a brain injury. It's considered mild and recovery has been going well, but you want to know what potential issues may come up in the future.
When former Jets quarterback Joe Namath played football in the 1960s and 1970s, safety equipment such as helmets wasn't nearly as sophisticated as it is today. The medical knowledge about concussions wasn't as detailed as it is today, either.
There has been a lot in the news lately about brain injuries and their relationship to playing both professional and amateur sports. In 2013, the National Football League settled with many current and former players for concussion-related injuries, and there are other professional sports leagues that are seeing lawsuits.
You may have heard it said that brain injuries are different for everyone because different parts of the brain can be harmed. Two people could suffer TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries, in the same car accident, for example, and have drastically different outcomes and paths to healing. Below are a few examples of the way that brain injury causes can drastically change the scope of the injury.
A specialist in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation says that when a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, it the child's parents who can help other friends and family members understand the challenges and emotions that must be dealt with. Not only is this vitally important in helping a child recover, but it is also important to helping the child return to school and home.
A brain injury sounds so traumatic that it's easy to imagine it has to have an incredible cause. You think of things like accidentally getting caught up in ropes while swimming and nearly drowning or being involved in a high-speed car accident.
Brain injuries often impact different people in different ways, so it's important to look at all possible symptoms. For many, one is a change in appetite. In some cases involving children, those children will actually refuse to eat.