The Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation has been the focus of controversy in recent weeks, after an investigation by Bloomberg uncovered a recurring theme of allegations of mistreatment, abuse, and fraud. As videos of FINR staff assaulting patients have surfaced in the past year, the traumatic brain injury treatment facility is on the receiving end of multiple lawsuits, including a suit filed by Allstate Corporation over claims that patients...Read More »
An article published May 16, 2012 in the New York Times discusses similarities between combat veterans who are exposed to roadside bombs and a degenerative brain disease found in athletes. Essentially, football players who are tackled and punched have brain injuries similar to veterans who have lived through explosions.
This research was done at a Veterans Affairs center in Bedford, Massachusetts. The scientists call the damage to the brain by explosions chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. They replicated explosions on mice and found that within two weeks of the explosion, the CTE was evident. This research caused scientists to believe that many combat veterans have undiagnosed...Read More »
In October 2011, Nicholas Gnazzo suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car wreck and spent several weeks in a coma, according to the Huffington Post. Last January, he was given a drug, amantadine, which is generally used for treating the flu and Parkinson’s disease. Soon, he began moving his head in response to yes and no questions. He now communicates with gestures, such as pointing to his glasses when he needs them. It is too soon to know if Amantadine is responsible for hastening his recovery.
In March 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study authored by Joseph Giacino, Ph.D., who is head of the neuropsychology department at...Read More »