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Cytokine Suppressing Drugs Could Stave Off Neurodegenerative Disease after TBI

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

The links between traumatic brain injury and degenerative brain diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Alzheimer’s are not well understood, but they have become a talking point in the media due to a variety of high profile cases. Researchers at the University of Kentucky believe they are getting closer to figuring out the links—and how to treat them. The study documented the effects of drug intervention on mice a week after sustaining a TBI. A three-week regimen of cytokine-suppressing drugs was found to have cured the mice of the lingering effects of TBI, while the control group continued to suffer memory and cognition problems. It is thought that the timely administration of the drug suppressed the inflammatory response in the brain that causes degenerative disease. A small human study was conducted afterward, and the subjects reacted well to the drug. Inflammatory Response in TBI Victims When a brain injury occurs,…
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Scientists Say We Need Better TBI Treatment

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

In a new report in the scientific journal Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, researchers take issue with the current approach to treatment of traumatic brain injury victims. According to the journal, patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries are not benefiting from recent advances in cognitive neuroscience research. The journal asserts that doctors, nurses and emergency personnel still rely on decades-old methods for diagnosing and treating brain injuries. The rudimentary system uses brain scans to identify damaged brain regions and the Glasgow coma scale to identify the severity of the brain injury. Afterward, the patient receives one or more of four possible diagnoses: coma, delirium, amnesia and dysexecutive syndrome. Researchers believe that this old system does not take advantage of modern advances in brain science. Aron Barbey, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Illinois, proposes a new approach that examines the brain networks responsive for control of attention, memory…
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Visual Rehabilitation Essential to TBI Recovery, Claims Ophthalmologist

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Traumatic brain injury patients can face a variety of visual impairments as a result of their injuries. One of the most common symptoms associated with TBI is impairment of ocular motor control. Estimates suggest that somewhere between 40 percent and 75 percent TBI patients suffer some degree of oculomotor control loss. The severity of the loss, according to ophthalmologist Barry Seiller, does not appear to correlate with the severity of the brain injury. Even minor brain injuries like concussions can still cause disruptions in visual systems. Why Are Visual Impairments Often Ignored in TBI Recovery? When visual impairments are identified correctly and treated, a TBI patient’s rehabilitation benefits. However, it can be difficult to identify when a visual impairment occurs. Often, symptoms will not be visible to doctors, and because vision is a subjective experience, it may be difficult for a patient to articulate his or her issues to medical…
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