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Mar

Science Fiction or Science Fact? Can Lab Developed Mini Brains Help In TBI Recovery?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Research-Laboratory.jpg Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are growing tiny replicas of the human brain to help the study of neurological diseases in a trend many hope could lead to better treatments and even cures for some of the most debilitating illnesses. The Hopkins scientists join a handful of other medical researchers around the country who are culturing so-called "mini-brains" in the lab. It's a relatively new field of scientific inquiry that could revolutionize how new drugs are tested for effectiveness by replacing drug testing on lab animals with testing on human cells. This process could offer more accurate test results and help in the development of new, more effective drugs. The scientists reprogrammed the genes of human skin cells to make them like embryonic stem cells, which have the capacity to develop into any kind of tissue. These stem cells were then nurtured to become brain cells. The researchers presented their work Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington, D.C. When fully grown, the three-dimensional mini-brains measure about 350 micrometers, just visible to the human eye, and look like tiny balls. It takes about eight weeks to grow the brain cells into one of these balls. While the versions aren't exact replicas of brains, they are made of the same neurons and cells found in human brains, feature the same structures and act in the same way. (TheBaltimoreSun.com) Continue reading
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15
Jan

PART TWO - CONCUSSION/TBI RECOVERY

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b2ap3_thumbnail_donald-trump.jpg *"Football's become soft. Football has become soft,” Trump declared. “Football has become soft like our country has become soft.” *"What used to be considered a great tackle; violent head-on. You used to see these tackles, and it was incredible to watch," Trump said. "Now they tackle -- 'Oh, head-on-head collision, 15 yard [penalty]' -- the whole game is all screwed up. You say, 'Wow, what a tackle.' Bing. Flag.” * Without the “violent, head-on” tackles, Trump, 69, said that the game has become “boring.” *“Who the hell wants to watch these crummy games?” the New York real estate mogul asked. “I just want to watch the end.” (ABCNEWS.COM) Continue reading
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15
Jan

PART ONE - CONCUSSION/TBI RECOVERY

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b2ap3_thumbnail_concussions.jpg “I know we were paid to hurt people,” says Keith McCants, the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft. “We were paid to give concussions. If we knew that we were killing people, I would have never put on the jersey.” *Keith McCants, the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft, drove six hours from Tampa to see the movie. When he exited the theater, he retreated to a bench in the lobby. Tear-soaked, the 47-year-old former linebacker hovered over his cane. “This touched my soul,” he said. “It was outstanding, but I can’t process it all, not right now. I watch this movie and I know we were paid to hurt people. We were paid to give concussions. If we knew that we were killing people, I would have never put on the jersey.” *Concussion is based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’s GQ article “Brain Game” from 2009, which painted a picture of the NFL actively undermining Omalu’s findings to protect its business interests. Many of the same issues were also covered in the Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru book League of Denial and subsequent PBS Frontline documentary. What Concussion does best is simplify the degenerative brain disease CTE for the masses. In one scene, Omalu explains how a woodpecker can violently use its head as a battering ram and not suffer injury: its tongue wraps from the back of it mouth, around the skull and through the nostril—a safety belt, if you will, that absorbs the shock and protects the brain. The human brain has no such safety belt. (KNOWCONCUSSION.ORG) Continue reading
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10
Dec

This Holiday Season Help Prevent A TBI From Occuring By Purchasing A Helmet Along With Your Gift

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bikes-scooters-skateboards.jpg Dear Friends - Bikes, skateboards and scooters may be on the top of many little ones wish list this year. Please remember that falls are the number one cause of TBI. To help protect against one, please don't forget to add a helmet as the first step. Many kids may think helmets aren't "cool" but, adding stickers or a custom paint job will be perfect. Continue reading
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10
Dec

Wishing All Of You A Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season

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b2ap3_thumbnail_snow-covered-lit-tree.jpg Dear Friends, We would like to thank you all for your kind words and support during the year. We wish you a safe and healthy Holiday Season. - The Stelmach Family Continue reading
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