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Posted: October 19, 2012 - 2:08pm

Back in March, it was reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery that a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh had developed the new imaging technique High Definition Fiber Tracking as a tremendous breakthrough in the way doctors could examine traumatic brain injuries. The tracking process allows doctors to look directly at broken neural connections, which may help them finally understand and even predict how a TBI worsens after the initial accident and first wave of damage.

According to an article from Science Daily on March 2, Pittsburgh neurosurgeon and associate professor at the university’s Department of Neurological Surgery David Okonkwo, MD, PhD believed then...

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Posted: October 5, 2012 - 2:55pm

Although the idea of wearing a helmet to prevent injuries seems like common sense, head injury remains the most common cause of death and serious disability from bicycle crashes, according to the US Center for Disease Control.  Around 70 percent of children ride bicycles, but it’s estimated that only 15 to 25 percent use bicycle helmets.  Since helmets are the best protection to prevent injuries, researchers proved their effectiveness through impact and crush tests, as reported by Health Day.

Neurosurgeon Tobias Mattei and his research team at the Illinois Neurological Institute and Bradley University sought to provide scientific evidence for a public education campaign that would...

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Posted: October 1, 2012 - 1:45pm

California Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed a bill that would have added a $1 fee to the cost of a moving traffic violation in order to fund spinal-cord research.  California would have joined eight other states that use a similar method to fund research and defend the fee because auto accidents are the number one cause for spinal cord injuries.  However, the Los Angeles Times reports that the argument for the bill is “well-meaning but misguided,” and states that increased traffic fines should instead pay for underfunded basic services.

In 2000, a law was passed to fund spinal injury paralysis research through California’s general fund.  While the law was in place for 11 years, over 300...

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