June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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Brain Injury Awareness Month
Windsor Square
The Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County will celebrate Brain Injury Awareness month with a celebration and picnic at Assumption Park. Individuals whose names are engraved on the Butterfly Sculpture will be honoured. This one-of-a-kind memorial, created by local sculptor Jack Byng, depicts the release of two butterflies from outstretched, bronzed hands.More

10 myths about traumatic brain injury
Task and Purpose
Traumatic brain injury and its causes, symptoms, and treatment are often misunderstood and can lead to mishandling of the issues surrounding it. Traumatic brain injury is pervasive in both civilian and military populations. In fact, TBI in the civilian population is eight times as frequent as breast cancer, AIDS, spinal-cord injury, and multiple sclerosis combined. More

Sleep benefits memory even after brain injury
Psych Central
After a concussion, a person can be left with disturbed sleep, memory deficits and other cognitive problems for years, but a new study shows that sleep can still help them overcome memory deficits. According to researcher Rebecca Spencer, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the benefit is equivalent to that seen in individuals without a history of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion.More

Traumatic brain injury raises Parkinson's risk in older adults
Neurology Advisor
Patients aged 55 years and older who present with a traumatic brain injury are at an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study published in Annals of Neurology. The University of California, San Francisco used inpatient/emergency department International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision code data from California hospitals to identify patients aged 55 years or older with TBI (52,393 patients) or non-TBI trauma (113,406 patients) from 2005 to 2006.More

The brain and autism: Challenging traditional testing
Dorothy L. Tengler
One of the hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is superior low-level task performance alongside reduced performance in tasks that involve the processing of complex sensory data, which has led to the assumption that autism is characterized by a difficulty integrating individual units of perceptual data into global concepts. But a new study in a 3-D environment in which a field of moving dots generated the feeling of traveling through space is challenging conventional wisdom.More

Autologous stem cell therapy helpful in traumatic brain injury
Medical Xpress
TBI patients at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital from 2000 to 2008 were divided into two groups: those who received autologous bone marrow stem cells as part of a pilot study and those who did not. Researchers used the Pediatric Intensity Level of Therapy score to determine the degree of therapeutic intensity that was done to reduce the cranial pressure below the danger zone. More

Children with traumatic brain injuries may have poorer sleep
University Herald
Researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago found that children with TBI were more likely to experience greater daytime sleepiness, sleep disturbances and a poorer overall sleep quality. "We were surprised that children with a TBI experienced persistent increases in daytime sleepiness and decreases in sleep quality compared to healthy children," Kimberly Allen, principal investigator of the study and assistant professor at the Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research, said in a statement. More

Brain injury survivors are storytelling their way to recovery
The Guardian
Advances in medicine mean that the number of people surviving brain injuries is increasing. In many ways brain injury is a silent epidemic; its effects are not always visible and cannot be communicated easily. This often leads to misunderstanding and frustration, from both the survivors and the people they encounter. More

A road to recovery: Surviving a brain injury and life 6 years later
Global News
She is a brain injury survivor and she is sharing her story in the hope you or a loved one will think twice before leaving the house without your helmet especially as June marks brain injury awareness month. On Thanksgiving weekend 2009, Rachel Medernach went for an ATV ride and her life changed in the blink of an eye.More

Brain injuries don't only affect the victim, but loved ones as well
Westman Journal
According to Brain Injury Canada, approximately 160,000 Canadians suffer brain injuries each year and more than a million Canadians live with the effects of an acquired brain injury. Shirley Smith's son is one of those people after he fell approximately 40 feet at a construction site in 2003 in what was a work-related accident. "He was 23 years old at the time," Smith recalled. It was later determined that, in all likelihood, he could never hold a full-time job again.More

Putting a face to brain injury
London Free Press
A London woman who suffered two brain injuries is one of the faces of a new province-wide awareness campaign. Stephanie Hutton's story is included in a video titled I am the Face of Brain Injury. The video released by the Ontario Brain Injury Association contains stories of people living with brain injuries and concussions. More

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