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08
Sep

Will Smith, In The Dramatic Film "Concussion" Portrays Doctor Who Confronts The NFL In Regards To TBI

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b2ap3_thumbnail_will-smith-movie-2015.jpg Based on the 2009 GQ article, "Game Brain," the film chronicles the real-life story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith), the Nigerian-born neuropathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a brain disease brought on by repeated blows to the head — while performing an autopsy on deceased Steelers legend and Hall of Fame center Mike Webster in September 2002. - In the film, Omalu's discovery is met with resistance from the NFL, which correctly viewed his science as damaging to the business of football and allegedly attempted to discredit his work. The conflict of an accomplished man who came to America to pursue his dream, only to be disparaged by those who control the country's most beloved sport, appears to be captured brilliantly by Smith. - The trailer begins with Smith's character saying, "I am the wrong person to have discovered this," and ends with him demanding NFL executives "tell the truth" about a disease believed to be the cause of dementia, memory loss and depression resulting in numerous deaths of football players, including the 2012 suicide of newly inducted Hall of Famer Junior Seau, whose autopsy was also conducted by Omalu. -(sports.Yahoo.com) Continue reading
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08
Sep

NFL Quarterback Has "Unusual" TBI Recovery Cure

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b2ap3_thumbnail_russell-wilson.jpg In a profile published on Wednesday in Rolling Stone, Russell Wilson offered a peculiar answer to how he recovered from a head injury he suffered during the Seahawks' NFC Championship victory over the Green Bay Packers. He claimed that Reliant Recovery Water, a sports drink with "nanobubbles" that Wilson has invested in, helped cure the injury, an assertion that his agent, Mark Rodgers, downplayed. - "I banged my head during the Packers game in the playoffs, and the next day I was fine," says Wilson. "It was the water." - Rodgers offers a hasty interjection. "Well, we're not saying we have real medical proof." -(businessinsider.com) Continue reading
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19
Aug

Tetris Stimulates Brain Activity

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b2ap3_thumbnail_tetris.jpg All that time spent on your Game Boy might actually have been worth something. A new video from BrainCraft, an educational show from PBS Digital studios, explains what "Tetris" does to your brain -- and a lot of it is good news. What makes "Tetris" so addictive, the video explains, is that it "appeals to our natural desire to organize things, complete tasks and achieve goals." The game gives you a constant stream of "incomplete tasks" -- there's always a new block to consider and place in the game, which keeps your brain hooked. (Huffingtonpost.com) Continue reading
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19
Aug

The Way You Sleep, Can Help Your Brain

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b2ap3_thumbnail_woman-sleeping-under-covers-story-top.jpg Getting enough deep sleep helps the brain clear out waste products that could lead to Alzheimer’s disease. New animal research reveals that one particular sleeping position may also help flush harmful substances out of the brain. Lying on the side is the most common sleep position for humans. Interestingly, it’s also the most common sleep position for animals in the wild. Fascinating new research from Stony Brook University may explain why: A side-sleeping position seems to improve waste clearance from the brain, which could prevent Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative diseases. A side-sleeping position may improve this process, Benveniste explains, because it encourages the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout all of the brain’s nooks and crannies. “Probably the reason the head up or back positions are not ideal is because the fluid exits prematurely and does not enter the brain, but instead flows [through] other places, including the spinal cord,” she says. (Yahoo.com/health) Continue reading
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19
Aug

Reading Helps Your Child's Brain Development

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b2ap3_thumbnail_reading-to-children2.png When parents read to their children the difference shows in children's behavior and academic performance. And according to a new study, the difference also shows in their brain activity. The researchers saw that, when the young children were being told a story, a number of regions in the left part of the brain became active. These are the areas involved in understanding the meaning of words and concepts and also in memory. These same brain regions have been found to be active when older children listen to stories or read. Even more interesting, according to Horowitz-Kraus, is how the brain activity in this region was higher among the children whose parents reported creating a more literacy-friendly home. "The more you read to your child the more you help the neurons in this region to grow and connect in a way that will benefit the child in the future in reading," she said. (Cnn.com) Continue reading
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21
Jul

Southwest Rushes Mom Home To Her Son In A Coma

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b2ap3_thumbnail_southwest-airlines_20150721-210827_1.jpg Southwest Airlines went above and beyond the call of duty to rush a woman home to her ill son earlier this month. Right before her flight took off from Chicago to Columbus, Southwest Airline employees found passenger Peggy Uhle to alert her to upsetting news. Her phone had been switched off while she was on the plane. Her husband informed her that their 24-year-old son was in a coma in Denver. A spokesperson for Southwest informed 21 News that the airline rebooked her on a new flight home directly to Denver free of charge. Uhle went on to explain the airline’s kindness. “They offered a private waiting area, rerouted my luggage, allowed me to board first, and packed a lunch for when I got off the plane in Denver. My luggage was delivered to where I was staying, and I even received a call from Southwest asking how my son was doing. Southwest never asked for payment for the Denver flight, luggage delivery or anything else,” she concluded. Her son is currently recovering from a traumatic brain condition. (yahoo.com) Continue reading
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25
May

Amazing New Possibility For TBI Recovery

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Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath doesn't remember ever suffering a concussion or going through concussion protocol. Such terms didn't exist 40 years ago. In Namath's playing days, they called a concussion “getting their bell rung,” as he recalls. Not much was known about concussions or the long-term effects. The former New York Jest star, who was as influential off the field as he was on it, is now leading the charge for treatment of brain injuries for those who played when concussions weren't fully understood.

Until recently, the NFL had been lacking in helping players with their medical issues after their careers were done. Namath knew that more needed to be done, so he reached out to Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla. and asked about possible ways that brain injuries could be dealt with. He was willing to be tested to see how possible treatments may – or may not – work.

That led to the creation of the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center at the Jupiter Medical Center.

Namath started a series of hyperbaric treatments – 120 dives during the span of roughly nine months. Each chamber dive takes about an hour and 20 minutes. The first 15 minutes is used to get to the proper atmosphere. The chamber is designed to allow the atmospheric pressure to be doubled or tripled, allowing the lungs to take in more air.

Conceptually, injured body tissue needs more oxygen to heal. So for someone with a brain injury such as a concussion, the hope is that these treatments can and will restore the function of damaged or dead brain cells.

“To be able to see, to literally be able to see, with the nuclear scan the cells that had stopped working to start working, to get blood flow. To be restored, renewed and start looking like the rest of my brain. The FDA approved this study and they want another study, this one on 100 people,” Namath told Yahoo Sports.

“I know I've had a change in my being, my physiology. It's quite a relief to see those pictures and take those tests and take it again and again and see improvement each time. I know it's worked for me. I'm thankful.”

His memory has improved as has his retention. There is hope that these treatments can and will aid other former NFL players who have suffered such conditions.

But to understand what is happening to Namath and his brain – and to thousands of NFL alumni like him – first a concussion has to be understood.

“A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain,” said Dr. Lee Fox, Chief of Radiology at Jupiter Medical Center and Co-Medical Director of the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center at Jupiter Medical Center.


Enter the hyperbaric chamber, where pressurized oxygen is introduced with the idea that dormant brain cells are essentially re-awakened.

(Yahoosports.com)

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25
May

A New Beginning!!!

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Dear Friends,

"Thank you all for your support and love over these many years. Adam has always wanted to give back to the community and now his time is here" - The Stelmach Family

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08
May

Sometimes TBI Recovery Can Be All "Hope & Faith." - Wife Doesn't Pull Plug On Husband.

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Danielle Josey Davis had been married only seven months when a devastating motorcycle accident left her husband on life support and in a coma.

Doctors recommended letting Matt Davis die because there was a 90 percent chance he would never wake up, but Danielle told ABC News she decided it just wasn't time yet. Then, one day, he woke up.

"I'm sure glad I married her," Matt Davis told ABC News today, though he doesn't remember Danielle from before the 2010 crash that caused his traumatic brain injury.Danielle was 24 when the accident happened, and had only started dating Matt, then 23, two months before their wedding.

Matt's father had died two years before the accident, and his mother was too ill to take care of him, Danielle said. But Danielle made the decision to keep him on life support and eventually fought to get him into rehab and to take him home, moving back into her mother's house.

Danielle moved back into her mother’s house and they both helped care for Matt, where he remained in a coma for three months. After he woke up, he started following them with his eyes and began communicating.Matt has been in a rehabilitation program where he is learning to walk again. He has struggled to regain his long-term memory and is unable to remember Danielle from before the crash.They play scrabble and enjoy going to yoga classes together, and he's recently started driving a stick shift car for fun because he loves cars, she said.

(abc.com & cbs.com)

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07
Apr

Exercise Helps For A Healthy Brain

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A new study shows that staying in shape in your 40s might even help protect your brain from shrinking later on in life.

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine found an association between brain tissue volume at age 60 and physical fitness levels in a person’s 40s. Specifically, people in their 40s who had lower fitness levels or had a higher rise in diastolic blood pressure (the lower number in a blood pressure reading) or heart rate after spending a few minutes on a slower-moving treadmill (2.5 miles an hour) were more likely to have smaller brain tissue volume at age 60.

While researchers did not explore the exact mechanisms in the study, Spartano notes that research suggests “people with higher fitness levels have better oxygen delivery to the brain.”

"There are also many signaling mechanisms, initiated by engaging in exercise, that may explain these effects," she says. "Fitness is also associated with better artery health, which is known to play a role in brain health."

To be clear, everyone’s brain loses some volume with age. But the speed of brain atrophy is linked with cognitive decline, Spartano notes.

(Yahoohealth.com)

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06
Apr

Yoga Helps with TBI Recovery

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Yoga isn't just good for your body -- it's good for your brain, and the exercise is showing encouraging results as a form of therapy for traumatic brain injury patients.

Modo Yoga Austin, a local yoga studio, paired up with the Love Your Brain Foundation to encourage traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients to incorporate yoga in their recovery. The foundation began a fundraising campaign to help TBI patients experience the benefits of yoga in honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

"It's really good for them to get on their feet and on their hands and work with gravity in a way that activates that part of their brain," said Meg Rohrer, the Modo Yoga manager and instructor. "When you're working with someone who's lost such a huge part of their body it's really, really inspiring to see them take even the littlest step towards regaining self-esteem and strength."

(Kvue.com)

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06
Apr

TBI Symptoms to Watch Out For

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Dear Friends,

If family or friends suffer a head injury, keep an eye out for these symptoms and please never let someone "sleep it off." Closed head injuries can be fatal. - Alex

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Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.

Physical symptoms

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Dizziness or loss of balance

Sensory symptoms

  • Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth or changes in the ability to smell
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

Cognitive or mental symptoms

  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Feeling depressed or anxious

(Mayoclinic.com)

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16
Mar

2015 NFL Season Begins - And So Do Concussion Concerns

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Football is a violent, yet popular sport. Head injuries continue to be a part of the game.

A concussion suffered in August forced linebacker Nick Roach to miss the entire 2014 season for the Oakland Raiders.

The injury may keep Roach for another full season as well.

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Roach is still having headaches related to the concussion and is not expected to return to the Raiders for the 2015 season.

(ProFootballTalk.com)

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16
Mar

Anti-Seizure Medications May Be Necessary (for awhile) For TBI Recovery

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"Dear Friends, recovering from a TBI can be a very complicated process. We all hope for renewed strength and independance for our loved ones. There are many anti-seizure medications available, for Adam it was Keppra, which was prescribed on a cautionary basis only. He no longer is on it, as his nuerologist from several years ago, observed Adam and decided that Adam was helathy enough and exhibited no "seizure" symptoms.

However, seizures can be both frightening and deadly. Having a seizure while in the shower or swimming or driving a car can result in horrible consequences. Please, consult with your doctor/neurologist - Alex"

Recently a sky-diver had a seizure while free-falling...

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For 30 terrifying seconds, Christopher Jones plummeted through the air over Australia, unconscious and in free fall after suffering a seizure just seconds after jumping out of a plane.

It shows him prepping, then making the jump, then turning onto his back and convulsing shortly after the one-minute mark. The text under the video says the seizure started when Jones tried to make a left-hand turn at 9,000 feet; he passed out and hurtled through the air until his instructor, Sheldon McFarlane, was able to reach him and pull the parachute rip cord.

However, the CEO of the Epilepsy Association of Western Australia tells the station that even though people with epilepsy are usually allowed to drive if they haven't had a seizure in a year, he wouldn't recommend skydiving for someone with the condition, since such an extreme sport could be stressful enough to trigger a seizure.

(USAToday.com)

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20
Feb

2015 Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference

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Dear friends, we were happy to help sponsor the 2015 SCVBIC. Professionals and family members gathered to educate and inform on issues relating to TBI/ TBI Recovery.

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20
Feb

Ann Mara "First Lady of Football" Dies From Leading TBI Cause/ A Fall

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(Dear friends, statistics indicate that both younger and older members of our families and communities are more prone to falling - the number one cause of a TBI. If possible, please take a little extra time to watch over them.)

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Ann Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's Giants for the past 60 years, has died. She was 85.

Giants co-owner John Mara announced his mother's death on Super Bowl Sunday. Ann Mara slipped in front of her home in Rye during an ice storm two weeks ago and was hospitalized with a head injury the following day. While there were initial hopes for recovery, John Mara said, complications developed, and she died early Sunday surrounded by her family.

(lohod.com)

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20
Feb

Causes And Prevention For A TBI

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Each year, TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability.

A severe TBI not only impacts the life of an individual and their family, but it also has a large societal and economic toll.

Falls are the leading cause of TBI and recent data shows that the number of fall-related TBIs among childrn aged 0-4 years and in older adults aged 75 years or older is increasing.

Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes and traffic-related incidents result in the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths (31.8%).

Blasts are a leading cause of TBI for active duty military personnel in war zones. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates of TBI do not include injuries seen at U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. Veterans Health Administration Hospitals.While there is no one size fits all solution, there are interventions that can be effective to help limit the impact of this injury. These measures include primary prevention, early management, and treatment of severe TBI.

CDC’s research and programs work to reduce severe TBI and its consequences by developing and evaluating clinical guidelines, conducting surveillance, implementing primary prevention and education strategies, and developing evidence-based interventions to save lives and reduce morbidity from this injury.

(CDC.gov)

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25
Jan

Your Brain and Crafting

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Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.

Little research has been done specifically on crafting, but neuroscientists are beginning to see how studies on cognitive activities such as doing crossword puzzles might also apply to someone who does complex quilting patterns.

"There's promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time," says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist and wife of Craftsy.com CEO John Levisay. "And that's that creating -- whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating -- is beneficial to us in a number of important ways."

The reward center in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable. Scientists believe dopamine was originally designed to make us repeat activities that would help the species survive, such as eating and having sex. Over time, we've evolved so that the brain can also release dopamine while we're staining glass or decorating a cake.

(Cnn.com)

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25
Jan

Wrestling May Not Be "Real," But The Injuries Can Be

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Parents and friends, professional wrestling may be deemed as fake, however, watch over your youngsters as they pretend to be their favorite wrestling superstar with kicks, punches and body slams.

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Two former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers are suing the WWE, alleging their old employer ignored or downplayed signs of brain damage and other injuries while it raked in millions.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia by Vito LoGrasso, who is best known for wrestling under the moniker Big Vito, and Evan Singleton, who wrestled under the name Adam Mercer.

WWE is known for over-the-top events, outrageous story lines and matches putting wrestlers against each other and involving high-flying stunts. A lawyer for WWE called the lawsuit without merit, like a "virtually identical one filed by the same lawyers in Oregon."

As a result of his wrestling injuries, the suit alleges, LoGrasso suffers from serious neurological damage, which includes severe headaches, memory loss, depression, anxiety and deafness.

The court documents say Singleton suffers serious symptoms including tremors, convulsions, migraines, memory loss and impaired ability to reason.

WWE forces wrestlers to do stunts "in a matter that dramatically increases -- often to a near-certainty -- their chances of sustaining brain damage," the suit says.

(Cnn.com)

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24
Dec

Dear Friends, From Us to You - May Your Holiday Season Shine Bright!

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Love those that are dear to you - don't take them for granted. Life can change ever so quickly. We wish you all the best in 2015!

Adam always says, "do your best and never give up."

We wish TBI Recovery for all!

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