Brain Injury Resources & Links

This month’s issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Aflagship@ journal of the American Psychiatric Association, includes a study entitled ARisk for Addiction-Related Disorders Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Large Cohort of Active-Duty U.S. Airmen,@ Miller SC, Baktash SH, Webb TS, Whitehead CR, Maynard C, Wells TS, Otte CN and Gore RK, Am J Psychiatry Miller, et al.; (2013).
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Neuro law attorneys are very familiar with the meta-analytic review of neurological studies that was authored by Binder, Rohling and Larrabee (Binder 1997). It is a study that is often cited by defense attorneys to support the myth that recovery after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) occurs within the first three months, with any subsequent changes in performance being of limited statistical and clinical significance.
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Jason Mihalik, an assistant professor of Exercise and Sports Science in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Gerard Gioia, member of the UNC’s class of 1984 who currently works for the Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., co-authored a smartphone app which could help players, coaches and parents determine if someone has suffered a concussion.
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A team of Canadian concussion specialists created an online concussion library full of information and resources for both the public and research and medical professionals. The Sport Concussion Library includes more than 2,300 peer-reviewed journal articles, 61 book chapters, entries on thesis research, concussion legislation on the federal, state and provincial levels, filmed documentaries, and a downloadable SCAT2 test, the standard sideline concussion assessment tool.
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I found a video online which I think may be of great interest to the readers of my blog. The video, Memory and the Brain, features Dr. Jeanette Norden, a neuroscientist and award-winning professor at Vanderbilt University explores the different categories of memory, the areas of the brain involved in creating and shaping memories and the ways that our synapses change based on experiences in the world.
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Bruce Stern, Chair of Stark & Stark’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, put together a video presentation entitled Concussions….Not to be Ignored. The presentation focuses on the importance of classifying concussions as traumatic brain injuries, and, making people aware of the fact that although a brain injury may have been classified as “mild” there are in fact serious potential dangers associated with these injuries. Mr. Stern also discusses the physical, cognitive and behavioral changes associated with mild traumatic brain injuries and how these changes can affect a patient’s life in the future.
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New Jersey recently received federal funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to serve moderately and severely brain-injured members of the armed services. Nearly one in four injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and the need for adequate care has only increased along with the number of injuries. This grant would assist the Department of Veterans Affairs in teaching soldiers some of the most basic skills, such as walking, talking and meeting daily challenges of life.
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