I recently read an abstract in the journal Radiology in which the researchers demonstrated structural changes to the brain one year after injury after a single concussive episode. According to an article published in Health Imaging, Yongxia Zhou, PhD, from the department of radiology at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine in New York City, and colleagues enrolled 28 MTBI patients with posttraumatic symptoms after injury and 22 matched control subjects in the study.
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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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The February 2013 issue of Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology included an interesting article out of Cape Town, South Africa, wherein researchers from the University of Cape Town examined the extent to which, during the process of litigation, individuals with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury might malinger in their performance on neuropsychological assessment batteries.
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A number of years ago, the Brain Injury Association of America retained the Gallop Group to conduct a poll to gather information regarding the public’s awareness of traumatic brain injury. One of the things learned from the polling results was that the public viewed the term “head injury” as being less serious than the term “traumatic brain injury.”
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At present, the gold standard for objectively proving that an individual sustained a mild traumatic brain injury is through neuropsychological testing. As we know, standard diagnostic testing such as CT scans, MRIs and EEGs, due to their lack of sensitivity, rarely if ever detect brain abnormalities in patients with mild traumatic brain injury.
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