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Serious Brain Injury Sustained By Skateboarder Who Hitched A Ride

Just about every week I learn of new ways for people to be seriously injured. Not too long ago it was tube kiting that burst on the scene. (Sitting on large inner-tube shaped “kites” towed behind motorboats at high enough speeds to become airborne.) This week it is skitching. (Hitching a ride by grabbing a car while on a skateboard.) The details of a skitcher who sustained a brain injury in…

Bob Carroll

The NFL And Brain Injury

The NFL probably would rather not talk about brain damage suffered by its players as we approach the Super Bowl. However, there was this little matter of the player who ended up with the characteristics as those of early-stage Alzheimer’s victims. Excerpts from the New York Times article:Expert Ties Ex-Player’s Suicide to Brain Damage Since the former National Football League player Andre…

Bob Carroll

Traumatic Brain Injury Requires Maximum Rehabilitation Effort

Recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) requires a major rehabilitation effort. Often, a significant part of legal representation of the injured person is devoted to assuring maximum care is obtained. One example of the need for an advocate of proper rehabilitation is provided by a recent study which shows that some particular groups of brain injured persons can sometimes experience a…

Bob Carroll

Traumatic Brain Injury Occurs When Head Hits The Windshield

When the head hits the windshield brain injury may occur almost simultaneously with the impact. That is the sobering news in a report just released.Research shows brain injury may occur within one millisecond after head hits car windshieldResearch by a Sandia National Laboratories engineer and a University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center neurologist shows that brain injury may occur within…

Bob Carroll

Study May Explain Why Seizures And Memory Defects Often Follow TBI

More of the mysteries of traumatic brain injuries are being uncovered by research with every new study. The reason behind the seizures and memory defects often associated with traumatic brain injuries may lie in a reduction in the level of a protein which regulates brain activity. How Brain Injury Leads To Seizures, Memory ProblemsIn a finding that may provide a scientific basis for eventual…

Bob Carroll

New Use For Progesterone – Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Doctors have found an unexpected ally in efforts to save people who suffer serious head trauma — the hormone progesterone. This good news is reported in USA Today. Progesterone found to help brain traumaIn a study released today, doctors in a small study at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta report giving progesterone, a steroid often associated with pregnancy and sex drives, to patients with…

Bob Carroll

Children's Traumatic Brain Injuries Costly

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) continue to be among the most devastating injuries for victims and their families. Children frequently sustain life-changing head injuries. And, the medical and rehabilitation costs are soaring.Traumatic brain injuries suffered by children place a significant burden on U.S. health resources, costing more than $1 billion in hospital charges each year, a new study…

Bob Carroll

Is GOP Out Of Its Head?

Thanks to 300 Dollar Wonder for alerting us to a story in USA Today.GOP Kicks Soldiers When They’re Down Congress appears ready to slash funding for the research and treatment of brain injuries caused by bomb blasts, an injury that military scientists describe as a signature wound of the Iraq war.House and Senate versions of the 2007 Defense appropriation bill contain $7 million for the Defense…

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Faulty Skateboard Helments Recalled

Although no injuries have yet been reported as a result of the helmets , World Industries of Huntington Beach is recalling about 10,000 skateboarding helmets. The helmets failed impact safety standards, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Considering the dangers associated with skateboarding, a helmet is always recommended.

Bob Carroll

Strap On That Bicycle Helmet

Another reminder that wearing a bicycle helmet is crucial. Injuring brain easy as falling off a bike Bicycle helmets can reduce risks of head injury by as much as 85 percent and as much as 88 percent for brain injury…Broken arms and legs can heal, but people’s brains are a different story. The skull, which protects the brain, is about ¼-inch to 1/8-inch think, or the size of a cup’s…