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Air Evacuations Could Further Harm Patients With Brain Injuries

Findings could have major implications for treatment of military injuries.

The research is in Journal of Neurotrauma. (full access paywall)

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When Punishment Doesn't Fit the Crime

New research reveals traumatic brain injury patients struggle with discipline in social, family and work life.

The research is in SCAN. (full access paywall)

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Doctors Warn Against Using Induced Hypothermia for Head Injury Patients

Head injury patients do not benefit from a therapy that involves cooling their bodies to reduce brain swelling, research has found.

The research is in NEJM. (full open access)

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Measuring Early Cognitive Improvement Following Mild TBI

First study to detail working memory deficits and cognitive recovery during initial week after concussion.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

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Customized Exoskeleton Allows Former Soldier with TBI to Walk Again

Former Canadian soldier Trevor Greene, who survived a debilitating brain injury while on duty in Afghanistan in 2006, has recovered his ability to walk again with the help of a customized exoskeleton, his personal determination and support of researchers at Simon Fraser University.

The research will appear in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

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Surprising Link Between TBI and ADHD

A new study has found a “significant association” between adults who have suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in their lives and who also have attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

The research is in Journal of Psychiatric Research. (full access paywall)

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Color Changing Polymer Can Signal TBI in Athletes and Soldiers

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To detect head trauma immediately, a team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes colors depending on how hard it is hit. The goal is to someday incorporate this material into protective headgear, providing an obvious indication of injury.

The research was presented at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Image: There is no easy way to tell if someone has just sustained a brain injury, so soldiers and athletes may unknowingly continue to do the very activity that caused the damage and potentially cause more harm. But a force-responsive, color-changing patch could prevent additional injury. Image adapted from the American Chemical Society video.

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Why Recovery Times Vary Widely for Children with TBI

Damage to brain's wiring is likely culprit, finds UCLA/USC study.

The research will appear in Journal of Neuroscience.

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