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My Child's Brain Injury: Family Matters

A child's brain injury is felt by the whole family. It changes the way a family works and challenges even the strongest relationships. Below are some …

Frequent soccer headers may leave lasting brain damage

Soccer players who frequently do headers may be setting themselves up for brain injuries.<p>Research has shown that players who hit the ball with their …

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Traumatic Brain Injury May Raise Stroke Risk

Experiencing a traumatic brain injury could raise your risk of having a stroke in the future, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers from the University of Michigan found that people who have experienced a TBI from trauma have a 30 percent higher stroke risk than those who have experienced trauma but who …

How Head Injuries Seem To Affect The Risk For Stroke

Twenty percent of strokes hit people under age 65, and the cause of many of those strokes remains a mystery. Having had a concussion or other traumatic brain injury might make the risk of a stroke more likely, a study says.<p>Back in 2011, researchers in Taiwan had unearthed an association between …

Hospitals OK study of brain injury treatment without consent

Starting as soon as next month, patients who arrive with a traumatic brain injury to emergency departments at Massachusetts General Hospital or …

Adults: What to Expect | Brain Injury Association of America

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Potential Effects | Concussion | Traumatic Brain Injury

What are the Potential Effects of TBI?<p>Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy<p>There is growing attention and research on the potential effects and risks for …

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3 Things Not to Say to a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Victim

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and brain injuries are more common than you may think. Nearly 1.7 million Americans fall victim to a TBI every year …

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Faster brain scans offer new perspective on brain activity

Magnetoencephalography allows researchers to observe neural activity with frequency waves that are faster than 50 cycles per second.<p>Our brains are mysterious organs. And fast. Too fast, it turns out, to be fully observed using the current gold standard: functional magnetic resonance imaging …

Obama Introduces New PTSD and Education Programs

ORLANDO, Fla. -- President Obama announced new research initiatives to combat post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injuries while …

The U.S. Loves Football, Brain Injuries Not So Much

After suffering a terrible fall from my bike five years ago, I experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). From that perspective, I find the present attention on injured NFL players interesting.<p>First, as a culture, we do our best to convince young men that playing football is the best way to become …

Hyperbaric chamber treatments did not help with mild TBI

Scientists found no significant benefit to a popular idea of using a pressurized chamber to force oxygen into the brain to heal mild brain injuries suffered by tens of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, according to a scientific study by the Pentagon and Department of Veterans …

Do You Have ADHD?

<b>By Tim Bilkey, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>Angelina, 35, had been stuck for some time. She’d felt chronically overwhelmed and distracted. When faced with tedious situations or tasks, she’d often drift off and become absorbed in her own thoughts.<p>Over time, this wife and mother of two found her …

How To Manage Employees With ADD/ADHD

If you’re in management and find yourself frustrated by a talented employee who is undermined by seemingly inexplicable but persistent behavioral issues, it’s possible there’s a specific reason for it. He or she may have ADD/ADHD.<p>This issue was brought to my attention earlier this year when I did …

Adult ADHD: A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way

<i>"I probably have a little bit of ADHD myself -- where do you think my kid got it from?"</i><p>It's a frequent comment I hear in conversation, once people know what I do for a living. It also comes up in my medical practice several times a month. Grownups feel that they had attention deficit/hyperactivity …

Surveying the Best iPad Apps for Special Needs Students

While iPads and touchscreen devices are impacting virtually every level of educational instruction, apps designed for special needs students are …

Google Glass Is Changing a Quadriplegic's Life

To many, Google Glass seems like an unnecessary, very expensive, odd-looking smartphone accessory. To Aleksandra Blaszczuk, Google's connected …

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Brain scans reveal which 'vegetative' patients are alert, trapped in bodies

A man who had appeared to have been in a vegetative state for 12 years knew his name and knew where he was, Canadian researchers report in a study showing it’s possible to use MRI brain scans to establish communication with people who seem completely unconscious.<p>Three people tested using a special …

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For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play

Remember running around the playground when you were a kid? Maybe hanging from the monkey bars or seeing who could swing the highest?<p>It wasn't just a mindless energy burn. Many have called play the work of childhood. Play teaches children how to make friends, make rules and navigate …

10 Ingenious Inventions for People With Disabilities

Tech companies create products with the consumer in mind, tasking a new smartphone, tablet, operating system or app, with a specific market demand.<p>A …

Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Planet Money

Listen to the story:<p>By Chana Joffe-Walt<p>In the past three decades, the number of Americans who are on disability has skyrocketed. The rise has come even as medical advances have allowed many more people to remain on the job, and new laws have banned workplace discrimination against the disabled. …

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12 Ways Businesses Can Better Serve People With Disabilities

By Tiffiny Carlson, The Mobility Resource<p>A smart business strives to appeal to as many customers as possible and customers with disabilities love to shop and spend money as much as the next guy. There are over 48.9 million living with a disability in the U.S.<p>Taking notice and appreciating our …

Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices

The Affordable Care Act has set new standards — called essential health benefits — outlining what health insurance companies must now cover. But there's a catch: Insurance firms can still pick and choose, to some degree, which specific therapies they'll cover within some categories of benefit. And …

Law Allows Students With Disabilities to Participate in Sports

The Education Department's Office of Civil Rights reaffirmed the legal obligations for public school districts to provide access to sports programs for the students with disabilities.<p>The review concerns Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that outlines the right of disabled people …

Well, This Is Just Awful: 'Renting' Disabled People to Skip Lines at Disney World

No, it's not a "Modern Seinfeld" episode.<p>Reuters<p>The lines at Disney World are awful, we can all agree, but the lengths to which some people will go to bypass them are worse. Wealthy Manhattan parents are reportedly using a service that typically assists disabled children around the theme park to …

Francois Hollande Threatens To Sue Over Affair Claims | Money

French President Francois Hollande threatened to sue a gossip magazine Friday after it alleged he had an affair with an actress.<p>The weekly tabloid <i>Closer</i>, which once published topless photos of Kate Middleton, has alleged that Hollande had an affair with Julie Gayet, who has appeared in 90 films and …