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How the 21st Century Cures Act Could Help TBI Victims

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Recent bipartisan legislation known as the 21st Century Cures Act could speed up the rate at which new drugs can be produced, approved and sold. The implications are vast and could mean that victims of injury including traumatic brain injury are a little closer to revolutionary new treatments. Under the current system, it can take decades for scientific discoveries to become applicable to the average person. The amount of red tape that surrounds the trial and approval process for new drugs and treatments causes this lengthy delay. Reps. Fred Upton (R-Michigan) and Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) drafted the 21st Century Cures Act to speed the process and the bill was approved by the House of Representatives. The 21st Century Cures Act means to modernize federal regulations and the approval process and to expand funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote new…
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What Is Neuroplasticity?

Posted on July 26, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

The human brain is an incredibly complex machine and also quite resilient. It is constantly changing and adapting to new interaction with the environment; this adaptation is known as neuroplasticity. How Does Neuroplasticity Work? From birth until death, the brain is constantly reorganizing the connections between neural cells in response to changing needs. This is a core component of the typical traumatic brain injury rehabilitation processes used to help TBI victims recover their physical and cognitive faculties. Rehabilitation involves the rebuilding of connections between neurons – a “rewiring” of the brain to allow functions controlled by damaged brain areas to be taken over by functioning brain areas. These changes are constantly occurring. Neuroplasticity is complemented by the process of neurogenesis, or the continued creation of new brain cells. While the brain is considered fully developed around the age of 25, neurogenesis still continues to occur in specific parts of the…
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Can I Fly on a Plane after a TBI?

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Traumatic brain injuries can be sensitive conditions, but many victims still face the dilemma of air travel after a TBI, whether related to career, fun or family. Every concussion or TBI is different, and depending on the severity, victims may consider alternative methods of travel than airplanes. To some TBI victims, taking a flight is no different than a long road trip in the passenger’s seat. Some report complications such as headaches, fatigue and nausea that could be due to the decreased oxygen levels inherent to flight as well as changes in pressure. Should the plane suffer turbulence, as is common with long flights, headaches could grow in intensity. In serious cases of brain injury, the long-term effects may not be known; in these cases, refraining from flight may be the best option. To prevent some of the side effects of flying with a brain injury, health experts recommend taking…
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