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 »
Depression and concussions are two very serious dangers, but they are not typically thought to be related in many ways. One condition affects the mind and moods while the other is a serious physical trauma. However, a new link may have been discovered regarding the symptoms of patients who have experienced severe concussions in the past. Post-concussion syndrome has been debated for a long time, but only now are we seeing a real link between mental trauma and the physical trauma of the brain.
An interesting study has shown a similarity between the symptoms after a concussion and those of depression, according to Neuro Skills. The study showed that there are similarities shared by concussions and other mental conditions, such as anxiety and stress...Read More »
An aneurysm is a bulge that develops in a weak artery, causing blood to leak into the brain if that aneurysm bursts. A person only has about a 50 percent chance of surviving if that happens, and many of the people who do survive end up with a permanent disability from this horrible brain injury.
A study that was recently published in the Journal of Neurology and Psychiatry showed that smoking can actually double a person’s chance of suffering a burst aneurysm. The researchers documented 426 cases of brain bleed from 33 hospitals across Kenya. They also took information about each patient’s age, lifestyle and family history.
According to Science Daily, the researchers additionally obtained information from 426 other people who had not...Read More »