Articles Posted in Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

After the sudden death of actress Natasha Richardson this month from a ski accident brain injury, the Baltimore Sun explores when brain injuries can be fatal and how brain injury accident victims can protect themselves from the worst case scenario.

Although Richardson’s brain injury was considered mild, doctors in Maryland say that all brain injuries could be taken seriously, and that any brain trauma that leads to persistent pain should be immediately examined by doctors.

“There is no such thing as a mild head injury. It’s a misnomer,” said Vani Rao, director of the Brain Injury Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a neuropsychiatrist. “Go to the emergency room immediately and get a complete evaluation.”

Emergency crews may one day have a potent new weapon against spinal-cord injuries — the one used on the Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Everett after a tackle seemed to leave him paralyzed. The novel treatment, injecting cold saline in his veins minutes after the injury to lower his body temperature several degrees, has gotten some of the credit for his recovery. For more information, follow the link below.

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WASHINGTON — A pair of handcuffs is tucked into one side of Daniese McMullin-Powell’s wheelchair — as always. She keeps a stash of about 150 pairs at home in case she needs to attach herself to a fence to hold her ground when others want her to yield. For more information, follow the link below.

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Years of stagnant budgets outpaced by inflation threaten the progress of biomedical research and could thwart advances in treatments that are within reach, nine of the nation’s most preeminent scientific and medical institutions told Congress today. In a new report on the status of U.S. medical research and its funding, the group explained how perennially flat funding of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has halted promising research in mid-stream, challenged seasoned researchers to continue to achieve scientific progress, and threatened the future of young investigators pursuing careers in academic research. And, if left unaddressed, these problems could undermine U.S. global leadership in biomedical research, the report warns. For more information, follow the link below.

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