Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Tactile Communication and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory believe that they may have developed a new treatment process that can lead to considerable improvements in people who have experienced a variety of brain injuries. Specifically, they believe that they key to reversing the debilitating, lasting effects of TBI like multiple sclerosis could be located in the human tongue, as the stimulation of sensory receptors may lead to improved brain function.
The stimulation in question is a process known as cranial nerve non-invasive neuromodulation or CN-NiNM, and it involves 20 to 30 minutes of electrical stimulation at the tip of the patient’s tongue, delivered by a specific pattern of electrodes,...Read More »
According to a study conducted by pediatric orthopedic surgeons at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, children and females are more likely to suffer spinal cord injuries in ATV-related accidents than anyone else. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, showed that accidents and injuries treated in hospitals among those two groups have risen as much as 240 percent since 1997, as the popularity of All-Terrain Vehicles has risen substantially over that time period.
The statistics are based on information that the surgeons gathered from the Kids’ Inpatient Database, which not only showed the aforementioned dramatic increase, but also a 476 percent increase in the number of children who suffered spinal cord injuries over that time. The...Read More »
Psychiatrists at the University of Iowa Health Care recently completed a study based on the observation of soldiers who had recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild brain injuries. Ultimately, the study showed that these soldiers possessed “abnormalities in the white matter of their brains”, according to a report by Psych Central. Known more conveniently as “potholes”, these abnormalities appear more in people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries than those who have not experienced any head trauma, and they may help medical experts better diagnose TBI.
“In the military population we studied, patients with TBI have...Read More »