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55 Percent Third-Degree Burns; 0 Handicap for Loyola Burn Patient

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Once told he would never golf again, burn victim Jamie Nieto, now head pro at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, is leading the ninth annual Burn Awareness Golf Outing and silent auction there on Friday, August 29. All proceeds benefit Loyola University Medical Center Burn Center, where Nieto was a patient

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Sensitivity to Light or Noise Correlates with Increased Emotional Symptoms in Concussed Teens

Two researchers from the University of Kentucky have demonstrated a connection between sensitivity to light or noise and increased emotional symptoms in teens who have suffered a concussion.

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Forty Per Cent of Female Prisoners Enter Correctional System with a Traumatic Brain Injury

A study published today found that almost 40 per cent of Ontario female prisoners have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unlike the men participating in the study, half of these women sustained a TBI before committing their first crime.

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Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems, according to a study published in the July 16, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Brain Responses to Emotional Images Predict PTSD Symptoms After Boston Marathon Bombing

By using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans from before the attack and survey data from after, the researchers found that heightened amygdala reaction to negative emotional stimuli was a risk factor for later developing symptoms of PTSD.

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Hidden Variations in Neuronal Networks May Explain Differences In Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes

A team of researchers at the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University has discovered that hidden differences in the properties of neural circuits can account for whether animals are behaviorally susceptible to brain injury. These results could have implications for the treatment of brain trauma.

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What's a Concussion? Review Identifies Four Evidence-Based Indicators

A research review identifying the clinical indicators most strongly associated with concussion is an important first step in the process of developing evidence-based guidelines for concussion diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, according to a new report published by Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Comprehensive Concussion Literature Analysis Lays Foundation for Evidence-Based Guidelines

There has been heightened public concussion awareness in the last few years related to professional sports, in particular, the NFL. The most underreported, under diagnosed and underestimated head injury is concussion, with the number of cases ranging in the millions every year. The term “concussion” is not well defined in clinical or research contexts, contributing to confusion among patients, families, and health providers. This in-depth analysis includes extensive data from the strongest scientific research, providing an evidence-based foundation for diagnostic and prognostic criteria, and ultimately treatment guidelines.

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AAN: Doctors Have Ethical Obligation to Educate, Protect Athletes from Concussion

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the largest professional association of neurologists and a leading authority on sports concussion, is releasing a new position paper that states doctors have an ethical obligation to educate and protect athletes from sports concussion and clear them to play only when the athlete is medically ready, standing firm against objections from players, parents or coaches. The statement is published in the July 9, 2014, online issue of Neurology®.

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Immune Function Predicts Infection Risk Among Child Trauma Patients

Researchers studying critically ill children with traumatic injuries have identified an immune marker that predicts which patients are likely to develop a hospital-acquired infection. The study, published online in June in the journal Shock, is part of several larger efforts that could lead to the clinical implementation of quick-turnaround immune function tests and treatments to prevent or reverse immune system damage following critical illness or injury in pediatric patients.

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