Although a great majority of brain injury news has focused on football players and the military, reports have revealed that another group of people suffer from a relatively high number of traumatic brain injuries: prisoners. An article by the Scientific American notes that while 8.5 percent of U.S. non-incarcerated citizens have a history of TBI, approximately 60 percent of adults out of the two million in prison have had at least one TBI.
Those that suffer from TBI can have difficulty with controlling behavior, emotion, and impulse. Concussions, the most common type of brain injury, can cause increases in anger and may experience memory problems. Many prisoners, however, don’t have a medical...Read More »
With the start of a new football season, the NFL recently announced that it is donating $30 million to the Bethesda-based Foundation for Nation Institutes of Health to study the effects of traumatic brain injuries and other medical issues associated with head injury. Although the NFL has taken measures to cut down the high rate of players suffering from concussions, the Washington Post reports that this is merely a start to addressing the invisible epidemic of football players’ brain injuries.
The NFL’s partnership with NIH has been discussed for six months, but they have declared that the first focus for the research will be on mild traumatic brain injuries.
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On September 13, Neuralstem Inc. in Rockville, Maryland announced astounding findings that concluded research revolving around neural stem cell transplants. Transplantation occurred via injection after scientists initially surgically transected the spinal cords of laboratory rats, causing permanent paraplegia, according to a report by the Herald Online. To the delight of the researchers, the cells multiplied, transformed into neurons and produced axons. The growth expanded well beyond the boundaries of the injuries by extending from the cervical region of the spine down to the lumbar area. The new neurons also connected with existing spinal cells forming new connections.
Scientists surgically altered the spines of 12 rats at...Read More »