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Anxiety & Stress

Stress Symptoms in Relatives After Severe Brain Injury
June 7, 2011

Post-traumatic stress can affect a person’s family members, too.

 

Assistive Technology

Personal Digital Assistants as Cognitive Aids After Brain Injury
October 29, 2009

A PDA can help boost skills after brain injury.

Reminder System Can Help Whole Family
February 1, 2009

A technology to compensate for planning and memory difficulties post-injury.

 

Behavioral & Emotional Symptoms

Measuring Empathy and Sensitivity to Emotion in Adults Who Had a TBI in Childhood
November 4, 2013

In this study, researchers looked at the long-term effects of emotional sensitivity in adults who had sustained a TBI as children.

How to Help People Who Have Trouble Coping with Their Brain Injury
July 22, 2013

Early screening for alexithymia following TBI might identify those most at risk of having difficulty coping.

Study to Determine Lifetime Prevalence of Brain Injury Among Prisoners
October 9, 2012

A substantial proportion of prisoners reported having experienced a TBI during their lifetime, something that could impact their success once released.

Study Suggests "Anger Self-Management Training" Is Beneficial After Brain Injury
August 7, 2012

People who have both problematic anger and cognitive impairment after TBI may benefit from specific psychoeducational treatment.

Monitoring Athletes Symptoms After a Concussion: Verbal Questions or Written Questionnaires?
February 13, 2012

What is the most effective way to track recovery from concussions in athletes?

Planning Ahead After a Brain Injury is Related To Better Outcomes
November 28, 2011

Learn why it's better to "plan" than "avoid" after a brain injury.

Recognizing Other People’s Facial Expressions Can Be Hard for People with Brain Injury
September 6, 2011

An inability to perceive others’ emotions can make communication and social interactions difficult.

Why Do Some People Develop Psychiatric Disorders After a Brain Injury?
August 15, 2011

Psychiatric disorders are common and often debilitating after a brain injury. Learn who is more at risk.

Coping Skills and Self-Esteem Are Important After a TBI
April 18, 2011

A study looking at the implications of self-esteem and recovery after a TBI.

Working to Improve Emotional Processing After Brain Injury
February 1, 2010

Treatment may help people with TBI decipher emotional clues.

Recognizing Others' Emotions After TBI
June 1, 2009

A difficult skill to teach.

Postponing Gratification
May 7, 2009

Controlling impulsivity can be difficult for people with TBI.

Positive Effects on Mood After Exercise
January 1, 2009

Learn how physical activity affects mood for people with TBI.

 

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Expectations Versus Recommendations After a Brain Injury
December 16, 2013

People with TBI often had higher expectations for work and social life than their post-acute program staff recommended, a discrepancy partially attributed to TBI-related cognitive disorders.

Why People with TBI Tend to Return Home More Frequently than Those with Other Types of Brain Injury
August 12, 2013

Learn what factors like age, gender, cause of injury after TBI can help predict functional and cognitive recovery.

What Is Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy and How Can It Help Children with TBI?
January 7, 2013

Constraining an unaffected limb while intensely using an affected limb can help children regain upper limb movement after a brain injury.

The Ability to Drive Safely After a Severe Brain Injury Is Frequently Compromised
October 30, 2012

Driving takes a great deal of concentration and coordination. Rehab for this complex activity should be a main goal of certain reintegration programs.

Online Calendar More Popular than Traditional Paper Calendars Post-Brain Injury
March 5, 2012

This study showed that online calendars help with memory — as a tool and as a therapy.

Effective Strategies for Occupational Therapy Post-Brain Injury
December 19, 2011

Goal-directed OT can help people after brain injury.

Culturally Sensitive Approaches for People with Brain Injury
September 26, 2011

If misunderstood, small cultural differences can hinder a good treatment plan for someone with a brain injury.

Recommendations for Cognitive Rehabilitation for People with TBI
June 13, 2011

Studies support the effectiveness of cognitive rehab after a brain injury.

What Determines Rehab Length of Stay After Brain Injury?
February 11, 2011

Statistical model can help rehab teams work best with people with TBI.

Can Cognitive Therapy on the Internet Help with Depression After Brain Injury?
July 1, 2010

A study shows internet-based cognition therapy helps, but with caveats.

Landmarks Help Orientation After Brain Injury
April 1, 2010

Helping people follow directions after brain injury.

Comparing Traumatic Brain Injury and Anoxic Brain Injury in Rehabilitation
March 1, 2010

Are there differences in recovery rates?

Long-Term Disability After TBI
December 31, 2009

How many people are affected?

TBI Case Management and Video Teleconferencing
September 16, 2009

A way to keep client and case coordinator in close communication.

The Nuances of Self-Awareness Post-TBI
April 1, 2009

A person's level of self-awareness after a brain injury can impact rehab.

 

Brain Injury Symptoms

How Attention Issues and Mobility Are Connected After Severe TBI
June 10, 2013

Studies show that combining rehabilitation for attention issues and physical mobility may be effective for those recovering from a severe brain injury.

 

Caregiving & Brain Injury

Professional Caregiver Burnout with Patients in Minimally Conscious State
January 28, 2013

Working with patients with severe brain injury can cause emotional exhaustion.

What’s Good for the Caregiver Is Often Good for the Loved One with TBI
March 28, 2011

Caregivers who have strong social supports may be better able to help loved ones with TBI.

 

Concussion / Mild TBI

Does the Label “Concussion” Change Treatment?
June 1, 2010

Kids who are diagnosed with a “concussion” might not be getting the care they need.

The Complexity of Repeat Traumatic Brain Injuries
January 1, 2010

What role do pre-existing conditions play?

Predicting Recovery after Mild TBI
April 1, 2009

Which medical assessments may be related to later outcomes?

 

Depression

Depression and Anxiety Common Even Years After TBI
January 1, 2010

Regular psychiatric screenings can help identify and treat emotional issues post-TBI.

Preferred Treatments for Depression Post-TBI
August 24, 2009

The top choices to fight depression: exercise and counseling.

Do Anti-Depressants Work for People with TBI?
May 1, 2009

Medication may be an option.

 

Diagnosing & Treating Brain Injury

The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Military-Related Post-Concussive Symptoms
February 24, 2014

Research on HBO2  therapy concluded that it does not help manage symptoms from mild traumatic brain injury.

Early Research on the Use of Neuroimaging for Tailoring TBI Rehabilitation
May 20, 2013

A specific analytical technique used during MRI may help people choose among possible cognitive rehab interventions.

More Reasons to Exercise After a Brain Injury
June 4, 2012

Improved mood, cardiovascular fitness, and increased self-esteem are some of the main reasons people with a brain injury should partake in regular exercise.

Use of Zoloft After Brain Injury
January 24, 2011

This drug does not prevent cognitive and behavioral problems after at TBI, but may help treat them.

Peer Group Support Can Enhance Well-Being After Brain Injury
October 11, 2010

Peer group intervention helped improve depression scores and community integration.

Post-Traumatic Amnesia and Functional Outcome After Brain Injury
September 1, 2010

The longer the amnesia, the longer the recovery.

Severe TBI Can Impact the Cardiac System in Boys
February 19, 2010

Study shows that severe TBI in boys can affect heart rate.

Deep White Matter Volume Loss — One Predictor of Recovery in Children
February 1, 2010

WMV loss may be one indicator of brain injury severity.

Revisiting the TBI and Gender Question After TBI
December 8, 2009

More research is needed to determine if men and women recover differently from brain injury.

The Importance of Staying Involved After TBI
July 1, 2009

Working or volunteering is good for the mind and body.

Does Hypothermia Help Protect an Injured Brain?
March 1, 2009

Looking at ways to decrease pressure in the brain.

The Benefits of Exercise After TBI
January 1, 2009

Learn why strength begets strength, especially after TBI.

The Role of Race, Ethnicity, and TBI
January 1, 2009

Why are African-Americans less satisfied with life one year post-TBI than other ethnic groups?

Diffusion Tensor Imaging
January 1, 2009

New neuro-imaging may give more specific information post-TBI.

 

Employment & Training

Long-Term Issues Post-Brain Injury Can Affect Return to Work
November 19, 2012

More than half of the people with TBI in this study were employed after three years. However, cognitive skills and psychiatric issues remained significant barriers to employment.

 

Family Concerns

Parenting Practices Affect a Child’s Recovery Post-Brain Injury
July 17, 2012

More authoritarian parenting practices led to lower adaptive functioning in children post-TBI.

The Importance of a Family-Focused Approach to Treating Brain Injury
April 24, 2012

Supporting the physical and emotional well-being of the person with TBI and the caregiver will ultimately help the whole family.

Online Family Problem-Solving Tool
July 8, 2009

Learn how this online intervention helped adolescents with TBI and their families.

 

Finances

Medical Debt After TBI
April 30, 2009

Why are people with brain injury at greater risk for bankruptcy?

 

Headaches

Balance Issues and Headaches After TBI
July 1, 2008

Post-traumatic headaches can be tied to problems with balance after TBI.

 

Intimate Relationships

Marital Stability After TBI
January 1, 2009

What makes a strong marriage after TBI?

 

Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Can Facebook Be a Social Life Preserver for People with Brain Injury?
January 23, 2012

More than half of people with TBI use Facebook to create and maintain friendships.

Leisure Activities Often Change After a Brain Injury
January 3, 2011

Activities and hobbies post-injury tend to be less active and more isolated.

 

Memory Problems

Electronic Versus Paper Reminders for Remembering After Brain Injury
October 17, 2011

What devices and strategies for remembering work best for people with brain injury?

Memory Strategies After TBI
March 1, 2010

Group intervention can help people with TBI improve their memories.

 

Military & Veterans

 

Physical Symptoms of Brain Injury

What Variables Determine Issues with Sexuality After a Brain Injury?
February 3, 2014

Age, gender, time since injury, independence in activities of daily activities, depression, and self-esteem all played a role in issues of sexuality following a brain injury.

Fatigue After a Brain Injury Can Make Everything Feel Worse
July 1, 2013

People with fatigue after TBI feel like they are more disabled than those with other TBI-related symptoms that don’t include fatigue.

Heterotopic Ossification: Why Are Some People with TBI More Susceptible?
November 7, 2011

Learn the risk factors for heterotopic ossification.

How a Brain Injury Can Affect Gait
May 23, 2011

One or more concussions can affect the way a person walks.

The Tale of Two Smell Tests Post-Brain Injury
January 1, 2010

The necessity of olfactory tests for people with TBI.

Measuring Reaction Time Post-TBI
November 25, 2009

Speed does not necessarily predict accuracy after brain injury.

Olfactory Dysfunction After TBI
October 21, 2009

The sense of smell may be affected after TBI.

Obesity — a Risk Factor with TBI
January 1, 2009

Higher rates of injury and morbidity are associated with obesity after a TBI.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Women During Their Child-Bearing Years May Recover More Slowly from a Mild TBI Than Men
August 1, 2010

A disruption in hormone production in women may delay recovery from TBI.

 

Prevention

Brain Injury Prevention Needed for Construction Workers
January 1, 2009

Brain injuries are too common on construction sites.

 

School Issues

Teaching Techniques
July 1, 2008

Find out what studies show about teaching strategies for children TBI.

 

Seniors & Brain Injury

Age and Gender Play Role in Recovery Outcomes Post-TBI
March 1, 2010

Women and the elderly are the most likely to be referred to home health services.

 

Sleeping Problems

Treatment for TBI-Related Sleep Problems Crucial Early On
March 24, 2014

Sleep issues in the acute phase following TBI can lead to psychiatric symptoms later on.

Acupuncture Helps Brain Injury-Related Sleep Issues
May 14, 2012

Medication and acupuncture both help with sleep issues after brain injury but  acupuncture has fewer side effects.

Sleep Medications May Have Unwanted Side Effects
March 1, 2010

Some sleep medications cause cognitive problems post-TBI.

 

Sports Injuries

University Athletes Need More Information About Brain Injury
November 22, 2010

College athletes need to know more about concussions and mild TBIs.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Athletes
July 1, 2009

Studies show that CTE is prevalent in many athletes who had head injuries.

Balance Issues Post-Concussion
April 9, 2009

Balance problems may be linked to headaches after a TBI.

 

Thinking / Cognitive Symptoms

Level of Executive Functioning Related to Outcome Post-TBI
April 29, 2013

Measuring outcome after TBI can be tricky, but oftentimes the state of the injured person’s cognitive abilities can shed the most light.

Men and Women Fare the Same Cognitively After Brain Injury
February 14, 2011

Outcome after a brain injury looks about the same in men and women.

Internet-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation
October 1, 2009

Can instant messaging help people with brain injury?

Measuring Cognitive Fatigue After TBI
May 5, 2009

The brain may work harder post-injury.

Realizing the Extent of the TBI
January 1, 2009

How much insight do people have about their limitations?


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