A Connecticut trial court has upheld the use of diffusion tensor imagining (DTI), denying the defendants’ in limine motion to bar its introduction. In Vizzo v. Fairfield Bedfort, LLC, plaintiff retained Randall Benson, M.D., a behavioral neurologist, to conduct a behavioral neurological evaluation, to administer and interpret a DTI of the plaintiff and correlate it with clinical findings.
At the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, Brad Kurowski, MD, MS, a physician in the division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’ Hospital presented his research on the long term effects of TBI among children.
It is our pleasure to share with you that after extensive due diligence and thoughtful consideration, the boards of the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) and the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), have voted unanimously to approve a formal affiliation agreement under which NABIS will join IBIA as a special section. This agreement, drafted by Jeffrey Leiter, the long-time outside counsel for both organizations, will allow NABIS and IBIA to deliver significantly enhanced membership benefits to the brain injury professionals that make up both groups. Members of NABIS and IBIA will now have access to a comprehensive set of benefits that combines the strengths of both organizations, providing a more valuable membership experience and the opportunity to be part of a larger and more influential alliance.
Specifically, the full suite of membership benefits now includes: Continue Reading The North American Brain Injury Society enters into formal affiliation agreement with the International Brain Injury Association
What is the best prescription for a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? It may be a pattern of uninterrupted sleep.
A 2016 study published in Neurology showed a link between brain function and sleep quality in TBI patient health. Continue Reading Uninterrupted Sleep May Advance Healing in Patients with TBI
Brain concussions and the potential for long lasting effects of a mild brain injury are not always obvious to healthcare providers at the time of injury. But recent advances are being made to create tools and tests to assess the potential for long term post-concussion symptoms (PCS) in patients. This is particularly important because recent studies have shown that even mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause long term healthcare problems.
A recently published study at the University of Cincinnati involved the use of robotic tests to evaluate the risk of long term healthcare problems in ER patients with concussion symptoms. The tests (KINARM Standard Tests) tracked specific body movements and behavior, e.g., evaluating a patient’s “position sense” in relationship to arm movement. The study outcomes showed that the robotic tests, created by BKIN Technologies Ltd. in Canada, were able to “discriminate between subjects who developed post-concussion syndrome and those who did not.” It was evident in performance data that patients with poor results in “visuomotor and proprioceptive” were more likely to suffer from post-concussion syndrome. The short videos below demonstrate how test results differ between a healthy patient and one who has suffered a brain injury.
Currently the KINARM Labs are only available in research, but if additional studies support the results, robotic movement and behavioral tools may soon become available in emergency rooms to help predict long term outcomes for patients with mild traumatic brain injuries.
If you or someone in your family has had a concussive episode or other type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), you should consult an experienced attorney to assess your eligibility for financial assistance from medical or other insurance carriers. Consultations are usually free and services are often offered on a contingency basis.
On August 10, 2011, United States Navel Petty Officer KY, age 26, was stopped in traffic on Route 206 in Bordentown, New Jersey, when her vehicle was rear-ended by a Ford 350 pickup operated by Mr. Avisai Pantle-Aguirre and owned by H&H Landscape Management, LLC. The force of the crash spun KY’s vehicle, causing it to collide with the vehicle stopped in front of her.
KY was initially diagnosed with having sustained a concussion and a neck injury. MRI’s of her brain, neck and low back revealed two small lesions in her left parietal lobe, three herniated discs in her neck and a bulging disc in her low back. Continue Reading Petty Officer Awarded $2 Million by Burlington County Jury
BlueCross BlueShield just released its Health of America Report showing that concussion diagnoses have increased 43% from 2010-2015. The rise was particularly marked in children and teens with a 71% rise in diagnosed incidences. Not surprisingly the rate in male patients during the fall season was double that of females. “Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts had the highest rates of concussion diagnoses for patients 10-19. The study also reported an increase of 84% in post-concussion syndrome diagnoses with an interesting split–“more females then males ages 20-64 experienced post-concussion syndrome (61.3% vs. 38.7%).”
Some percentage of the increase could be attributed to a growing recognition of the long term impact of concussion, particularly the increased rate of suicide linked to the condition. However, it is disturbing that the concussion diagnoses increased in nearly every state from 2010-2015. The significant change raises questions on causation and indicates the need for more research.
In 2001, Teasdale and Engberg published an article in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, entitled Suicide after Traumatic Brain Injury: A Population Study. The researchers reviewed data from Danish hospital admissions covering the years 1979-93 and found that patients who had sustained a TBI had an increased risk of suicide. The authors in that study concluded, “The increased risk of suicide among patients who had an MTBI may result from concomitant risk factors such as psychiatric conditions and psychosocial disadvantage. The greater risk among the more serious cases implicates additionally physical, physiological, and social consequences of the injuries as directly contributing to…suicide.”
In a recent research article, Lauren B. Fisher, et al. evaluated data from a brain injury-focused database, the BI Model Systems National Database, to further evaluate whether or not suicide rates are higher in TBI patients. Using patient health questionnaires detailing self-reported suicide attempts over a period of twenty years, the authors concluded that those who suffer a TBI are indeed at “greater risk for depression and suicidal behavior.” The outcome of the study indicates the need for “routine screening and mental health treatment in this population.”
An exciting new technology received FDA clearance according to a press release put out by BrainScope on September 26, 2016. According to the press release, BrainScope announced that the FDA has cleared the company to market the Ahead 300, “its most advanced medical device for use in assessing traumatic brain injury.” The product was developed in partnership with the US Department of Defense.
According to the release, 95% of people who go to the emergency room have mild symptoms. These are not always diagnosed as a concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI.) As we discussed in other posts even mild concussions can cause long term effects in injured patients, particularly children. The Ahead 300 advances diagnosis of TBI using proprietary smart phone and electroencephalography (EEG) technology. It allows for fast indication of TBI so that treatment can be administered immediately in the ER or at the doctor’s office. The tool also provides “clinicians with a digitized, streamline report delivering a comprehensive an objective panel of results to facilitate their differential diagnosis.”
The theory of neuroplasticity holds that the brain will change and adapt to different conditions including to childhood injuries. This theory is often challenged and sometimes referred to as a “myth.” However, a new study by Seena Fazel and colleagues from the Department of Psychiatry at University of Oxford in the United Kingdom delivered data that supports the claims of neuroplasticity theorists. Fazel’s conclusions reveal that the later a mild TBI is sustained, the worse the health and social outcome is for the patient. The study also found a causal effect between childhood Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and the risk of brain impairment and social dysfunction at later stages in life.