Baby's crying will end; brain injury won't MAINE
In the last year, Maine, tragically, saw 12 cases of babies with "shaken baby syndrome," the term for a brain injury caused by the violent shaking of an infant or small child. That's triple the number of cases during the previous year.
Could standard treatment for traumatic brain injury be wrong?
The Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) in the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery has been awarded a $4.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research new ways to heal the brain after a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Specifically, researchers will be looking at how to best feed the brain the nutrients it needs to optimize recovery. The standard thinking for many years has been that after a TBI, the brain lies in a docile state or coma and thus requires very little energy. But research from the BIRC now shows that the brain's response to trauma requires enormous amounts of energy.
Modern brain scanning technology offers simple look at everything from head trauma to tumors
Doctors have identified a cluster of symptoms that most often bring people in for brain imaging.
Brain injury project in Texas languishes OPINION TEXAS
The exchange over the future of a research project into traumatic brain injuries suffered by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is intense. Accusations of mismanagement have flooded congressional in boxes as the fired director of the project pushes aggressively for a hearing - official or otherwise - on his allegations.
Dallas County probation wants to know if brain injury affects ability to complete probation TEXAS
Cognitive assessments indicate that about one quarter of all Dallas County probationers may have significant brain injuries, according to the probation department.
Brain Train Ride Across Canada Kicks off Brain Injury Awareness Month
Ian Young cannot run, walk or ride
across Canada. So Ian will ride Canada's national railroad. Ian's journey
began when he won a cross-country rail trip for two. This motivated him to
broaden the experience by using it to support a cause he believes in. Five
years ago Ian was told he had three months to live.
Safety First MICHIGAN
Thankfully, Michigan City's Courtney Brinckman is home, safe and sound after the near-fatal head and brain injury she suffered in a track & field meet in Valparaiso on April 28.
What is your stroke IQ? CALIFORNIA
Stroke is America's number three killer and the number one cause of disability. However, recent studies show the nation's stroke IQ is dangerously low. VIDEO LINK.
Drug's Epilepsy-prevention Effect May Be Widely Applicable
A drug with potential to prevent epilepsy caused by a genetic condition may also help prevent more common forms of epilepsy caused by brain injury, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Computer Program To Detect, Measure Brain Tumors
The same techniques used to detect suspicious activity in airports, stadiums and other public places are now being used by the UCF researcher who invented them to find and measure potentially life-threatening brain tumors.
ESC 2009: Leukoaraiosis Increases Risk for Periprocedural Stroke With Carotid Stenting and Endarterectomy
A substudy of ICSS shows that white-matter changes boost the risk for periprocedural stroke, MI, or death with carotid
endarterectomy, but particularly with carotid stenting.
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine flu cases have now been reported in all 50 states, with the total number of people infected probably surpassing 200,000, U.S. health officials said Monday.
(Eslicarbazepine Acetate) New Drug Application Formally Accepted For Review By The FDA
Sepracor Inc. (Nasdaq: SEPR) today announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the New Drug Application
(NDA) for STEDESATM (eslicarbazepine acetate) has been accepted for filing and is now under formal review. As previously announced, the NDA for STEDESA was submitted to the FDA on March 31, 2009 for adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults with epilepsy.
Drug's Epilepsy-Prevention Effect May Be Widely Applicable
A drug with potential to prevent epilepsy caused by a genetic condition may also help prevent more common forms of epilepsy caused by brain injury, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Findings In Epilepsy Gene In Animals May Guide Treatment Directions For Infants
Researchers studying a difficult-to-treat form of childhood epilepsy called infantile spasms have developed a line of mice that experiences seizures with features closely resembling those occurring in patients with infantile seizures.
Family Doctor: The difference between heart attack and stroke
What is the difference between a stroke and a heart attack?
Suffer Stroke Symptoms? Second Strokes Often Follow Within Hours
About half of all people who have a major stroke following a warning stroke (a transient ischemic attack or mild stroke) have it within 24 hours of the first event, according to research published in the June 2, 2009, print issue of
Neurology(R), the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Most Common Brain Cancer May Originate In Neural Stem Cells
University of Michigan scientists have found that a deficiency in a key tumor suppressor gene in the brain leads to the most common type of adult brain cancer. The study, conducted in mice that mimic human cancer, points the way to more effective future treatments and a way to screen for the disease early.
11-year-old quadriplegic keeps competitive spirit WASHINGTON
An 11-year-old boy is proving what you can do is more important than what you cannot. Zak Baldwin can't move his arms or legs but has adapted to do almost everything that anyone else can do, including raising livestock.
Quadriplegic sailor reaches Bude UK
Quadriplegic yachtswoman Hilary Lister has reached Bude in her attempt to becomes the first disabled woman to sail solo around the British coast.
Paralyzed Man's Van Towed Twice TEXAS
Mesquite police are investigating whether or not a tow truck company did anything wrong after towing a paralyzed man's specially equipped van -- twice.
Paralyzed man honored by Lafourche Council LOUISIANA
A Thibodaux resident paralyzed in a high-school football game was honored by the Lafourche Parish Council at its May 26 meeting.
Scuba diving helps paralyzed be free PENNSYLVANIA
Doctors say such activities provide psychological benefits but also can trigger physical repairs in the nervous system.
Family of Student With Multiple Sclerosis Seeks to Help Her Regain Voice GEORGIA
Two months after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), 21-year-old Emory student Susan Barkley woke up last August as if out of a nightmare to find herself paralyzed on her right side and unable to speak.
A leg to stand on - Amputee finds a way to make life rewarding WISCONSIN
Kirk Thompson lost a leg, but found his niche. His meteoric rise to become a top-rate mechanic in St Thomas is nothing short of miraculous, especially as he was never formally taught the complex skills needed to repair motor vehicles.
Amputees Invited To Experience Bionic Hand NORTH CAROLINA
Area amputees are invited to experience the world's first bionic hand with five independently moving fingers at a free one-day evaluation clinic at Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics on Wednesday, June 3rd. Called the
i-Limb, this revolutionary technology is the first prosthetic hand with "joints" that grasp objects, flex, and bend like natural fingers.
VA Is Testing an Advanced New Prosthetic Arm
As director of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service, Frederick Downs Jr. has more than a professional interest in the devices the department offers veterans who have lost limbs.
NHL not ready to penalize headshots
National Hockey League general managers met on Tuesday and opted not to institute an automatic penalty for a hit to the head.
'Max's Law' headed to governor OREGON
A bill aimed at reducing brain injuries for athletes involved with school sports has been passed by the Legislature and is headed for Gov. Ted Kulongoski's signature.
Concussion bill requires more training for coaches OREGON
Several thousand coaches of school athletics in Oregon will be affected by a bill on concussions among student athletes.
Police: Dad shook baby; critically injured infant NEW YORK
A Franklin County infant is in critical condition with severe head injuries after he was allegedly repeatedly shaken by his father.
Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated Effectively By Surgery
Infants and young toddlers with obstructive sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing experience significant improvement following surgical treatment of the ailment, according to an invited article in the June 2009 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Inovio Biomedical Influenza DNA Vaccines Demonstrate Potential To Protect Against Newly Emerging Flu Strains With Pandemic Potential
Inovio Biomedical Corporation (NYSE Amex: INO), a leader in DNA vaccine discovery, development and delivery, announced preclinical data from two studies of influenza DNA vaccines designed using its SynConTM technology.
The Immune Response To Influenza Virus Isn't 'All Good'
Complications following infection with the virus that causes flu (influenza virus) are one of the top ten causes of death in the United States. Although infection with influenza virus can directly cause death, many deaths following infection with influenza virus occur because the individual develops pneumonia due to secondary infection with bacteria such as Streptococcus
pneumoniae. How influenza makes individuals more sensitive to pneumonia-causing secondary bacterial infections is not well understood.
NZ European children likely to get better asthma treatment NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand European children are more likely to get better asthma treatment than Maori and Pacific Island children, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation says.
Cost-Effective Measures Could Stop Child Pneumonia Deaths
Implementing measures to improve nutrition, indoor air pollution, immunization coverage and the management of pneumonia cases could be cost-effective and significantly reduce child mortality from pneumonia, according to a study led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dentists Are FIghting The War On Snoring And Sleep Apnea
Laurence I. Barsh, DMD is the Founder of Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC and has been involved with sleep medicine since 1992. He now devotes full time to educating the public about dentistry's role and responsibility in the recognition and management of snoring and sleep apnea.
Risk Factors For Sleep Disordered Breathing In Children: Waist Size And Body Mass Index
A study in the June 1 issue of the journal SLEEP found that waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) are consistent, independent risk factors for all severity levels of sleep disordered breathing
(SDB) in children, suggesting that as with adult SDB, metabolic factors are important risk factors for childhood
Philips Expands Home Healthcare Commitment With Portable Life-Support Ventilator; Offers Ease of Use, Portability and Versatility for Patient
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today introduced the Trilogy100 portable at-home life-support ventilator. The highly versatile, lightweight (11 lb / 5 kg) device marks a milestone in home ventilation from a recognized leader in respiratory care. Respironics first introduced bi-level positive airway pressure for noninvasive ventilation nearly 20 years ago.
3M introduces new dry powder inhalers to ensure efficient delivery
3M Drug Delivery Systems has launched 3M Taper Dry Powder Inhaler and the 3M Conix Dry Powder Inhaler, new technologies that expand its inhalation platform.
Clean Air Must Be Top Priority Despite Tough Economy: Lung Association Survey CANADA
Despite tough economic times, the majority of Canadians want to see federal and provincial governments make clean air a top priority, according to a new poll by The Canadian Lung Association to mark Clean Air Day.
Metchosin grounds ramp up accessibility CANADA
With automatic doors at the district office and a resurfaced gravel parking lot,
Metchosin's municipal grounds will soon be accessible to everyone.
City Centre stadium open to all CANADA
With her wheelchair backed into the ample crenelated bleacher space at
Langford's under-construction stadium, Marnie Essery eyes her front-row view.
Unique adult special needs program moves into Marine City MICHIGAN
A new facility in Marine City with a unique program for adults with special needs may just be the answer for families struggling with developmental disability issues. What makes the program so successful is the fact it was developed by its clients and their caregivers.
New research says 'no' to special schools NEW ZEALAND
New research has exploded the myth that special schools are better at teaching children with intellectual disabilities.
Mountain-Climbing Marine Inspires From Thousands Of Miles Away NORTH CAROLINA
It was New Years Day 2005 when Durham native Jon Kuniholm's body changed forever; yet his "can-do" attitude, as his friends put it, didn't. VIDEO LINK.
Money 911: How to plan for special-needs child?
How should a family with a special-needs child plan for the future?
Disability is hardly a hindrance for Young GEORGIA
As a wheelchair athlete, Christina Young typically doesn't get the recognition that her able-bodied peers receive.
North Devon special children swim with dolphins UK
EIGHT special North Devon children have returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Florida, where they swam with dolphins and visited all the major theme parks.
Local Award-Winning Artist To Demonstrate Style, New Easel NEW
Dennis Pullen, a local artist and disability rights advocate, has extended an invitation to the CNY community for a public showing of his paintings and unveiling of his adapted easel.
Club helps mentally disabled adults partake in community service projects MICHIGAN
When it comes to service projects, especially those benefitting young people, few organizations do them better than members of Kiwanis International.
Campaign Mounts to Protect Pennsylvania's Mental Health Services
Hundreds of mental health advocates participated in yesterday's Statewide Mental Health Call-In Day to protest proposed mental health cuts by the Governor and the state Senate.
TJ receives trikes for special-needs students ARKANSAS
Before a couple of weeks ago, Noah Woodcock never had the chance to ride a tricycle. Now, he rides with his older sister, making him happy, the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School student said Tuesday.
Advocates confront Disney on Segway ban FLORIDA
Disability rights advocates are confronting the Walt Disney World company on their Segway ban in theme parks during a fairness hearing in Orlando this morning.
NGOs merger benefits people with disability MALTA
Inspire, the foundation for inclusion, which has seen Eden Foundation and Razzett tal-Fbiberija join forces, is already enjoying the "tangible benefits" of the move, according to its CEO, Nathan Farrugia
Disability Forum wins a grant UK
THE South Somerset Disability Forum has gained a 1,000 grant from Yeovil Town Council.
MS fails to stop her dream GEORGIA
Joann Dickson-Smith, a Newnan mother of two, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago. The neurological disease slowly robbed her of her mobility.
Disability Policy Office Praised NEWFOUNDLAND
The Chairperson for the Coalition for Persons with Disabilities says a new provincial Disability Policy Office will go a long way.
Project raises funds for disabled kids VIET NAM
With the aim of helping children affected by Agent Orange, project Peace for Kids was launched to raise funds for disabled children at the Thanh Xuan Peace Village in Ha
Wheelchair Tai Chi - One Of The Simplest Ways For People Who Use Wheelchairs To Improve Their Physical And Mental Health
Studies overwhelmingly point to regular physical exercise as the crucial medicine for what ails Americans. Physicians have a hard time convincing even healthy patients to take action, but it's a much harder sell for those with limited movement caused by physical disabilities.
Special-needs student graduates from program OREGON
Eric Pettit smiled proudly and widely as his teacher listed his accomplishments this week during
Salem-Keizer School District's transition program graduation ceremony.
Let stroke matter to you
Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and in Indiana County. We would like to encourage you to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of stroke, and the actions to take in order to obtain early medical intervention.
NY Lawmakers want to expand health coverage for autism NEW YORK
A bipartisan group of legislators from both houses held a press conference today to draw attention to the plight of families and individuals living with autism - and the legislation the elected officials are proposing to help lessen their burdens.
Rampage Sled Hockey Coach Named USA Hockey's Disabled Athlete of the Year TEXAS
Sled Hockey Coach Lonnie Hannah will be recognized as USA Hockey's Disabled Athlete of the Year this Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Lifewatch: Project Lifesaver PENNSYLVANIA
The City of Philadelphia is launching Project Lifesaver to help police find people with autism, Alzheimer's, or developmental disabilities who wander away.
Mission to give disabled people a new lease of life UK
IT'S hard to believe now, but it wasn't so long ago that disabled people, particularly those with mental disabilities, were locked away out of sight and treated as social outcasts.
Disability awareness and accessibility MISSISSIPPI
Since the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991, Grinnell College has taken steps towards making the campus a more accessible place for people with disabilities. In order to achieve this goal, the College fine-tuned its philosophy regarding future renovation and construction, and also developed the Disability Awareness Committee, comprised of both faculty and students, "for the purpose of initiating awareness, education, curricular enhancement, recruitment, and retention on campus for persons with disabilities and the Grinnell College community."
Paralyzed learn to scuba dive in Hershey PENNSYLVANIA
Shelly White said she's more of an academic than an athlete. Since she was paralyzed in a powered parachute accident in 2001, she has been focusing on her job teaching at Ebenezer Elementary School, writing a children's book about spinal cord injuries and pursuing her doctorate.
Accessibility for the disabled is an issue, reporter finds CANADA
This week is National Access Awareness Week and, I thought maybe I should see for myself just accessible the downtown is for those with disabilities. VIDEO LINK.
Handicap-accessible Rotary playground opens
Tanner Davis looked up at more than 200 children playing on the Playworld Systems playground at Freedom Park and shook his head. "This is awesome," Tanner said with excitement Monday afternoon after the dediciation of the playground.
Disability in Azerbaijan
In Azerbaijan there are over 2,000 children with disabilities who are still living away from their families in Soviet-era children's homes. The UK charity EveryChild is helping to prevent these children from growing up in these harmful institutions by providing family support services and lobbying the government for increased family benefits. VIDEO LINK.
Disabled riders 'blindside' UTA board member to oppose fare hike UTAH
Some disabled bus riders and advocates who are trying to fend off a paratransit fare hike rode a FrontRunner train from Salt Lake City to Ogden on Tuesday looking for a sympathetic ear.
Groundbreaking Held For
Katie's Pool GEORGIA
A talented swimmer and Family Y volunteer will soon have a special-needs pool built and named in her memory. 20-year old Katie York died last May after falling ill with viral encephalitis, when she was 17. VIDEO LINK.
Six Former BSDC Patients No Longer "Medically Fragile" NEBRASKA
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says six former residents of the Beatrice State Developmental Center, who were moved to hospitals in February, are no longer considered medically fragile.
Lead found in faucets in Rome schools NEW YORK
More than 60 water fountains and faucets have been turned off in the Rome City School District after tests showed high levels of lead in the water.
New Camp PARC caters to special-needs children PENNSYLVANIA
For 50 years, Camp PARC has been bringing together special-needs individuals and volunteers for a week of fun.
Postman throws line to disabled MASSACHUSETTS
For 54 years and counting, mail carrier Bob Bearor has hauled birthday gifts, college acceptance letters and electric bills across central Vermont. But perhaps his most special deliveries are hot dogs and rainbow trout.
Lakeland teen accused of stealing identity of autistic friend, racking up $35,000 in debt MINNESOTA
A Lakeland teen has been charged with 24 felony counts in an alleged identity theft and fraud scheme involving a vulnerable adult - a childhood friend.
City celebrates opening of barrier-free playground TEXAS
The City of Katy celebrated the grand opening of the Katy Play Station Thursday, after almost three years of dedication to build a barrier-free playground for the community.
E.V. Paralympian nominated for Hall of Fame ARIZONA
Tony Volpentest, a Chandler athlete born without hands and feet, may have another award to add to his 27 medals - the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Healing voices - Sisters diagnosed with serious disorder spread joy through song MONTANA
When Abby and Lena Jarvie were a year old, the doctors told their parents to make sure they invested in a one-story home. The girls were diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, a disorder that causes the brain to constantly send signals to muscles to contract.
Advocates call for action on
'crisis' of special needs, autism MARYLAND
Thousands of Montgomery County residents are in daily crisis as they struggle to support a loved one with developmental disabilities, according to a report from a work group of parents, care providers and county officials.
Parents In Kansas Can Now Test Their Children For Lead Exposure Using Saliva
LeadConfirm Professional, the first and only non-invasive and oral-based lead testing product in the market today, is now available to more doctors and health care professionals in Kansas through a wider distribution base.
City to restrict free parking for disabled MISSOURI
Usually, public agencies announce they're granting new privileges to the disabled to make their lives easier.
Grits dodging commitment to disabled, Tories claim CANADA
The Opposition says the Liberals are trying to step back from legislation that would create barrier-free building codes for those with disabilities.
Breaking down barriers to the disabled CANADA
A rubber band makes life easier for Dorothy Robidas. She's losing her sight to macular degeneration and mobility to arthritis, but the elastic helps get a grip on door handles and stove knobs.
State budget proposal hard on seniors, people with disabilities OREGON
The Oregon budget building process is at a critical crossroads. We know the revenue forecast. We know the estimates of the needs for schools, human services and corrections, which are the majority of the state budget. We also know that there is a continuing decline in the economy of our beautiful state of Oregon that may last for the rest of this year. Advocacy will play an important part over the next several weeks as decisions are made toward managing our future.
DPS puts preschoolers with disabilities into inclusive classes COLORADO
At first, Patricia Valdez was not sure she wanted her 4-year-old daughter,
Arianna, in a full-day preschool classroom with typically developing children.
Workshop Report details emergency preparedness for disabled
The ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) has published a Workshop Report on the need for standards-based solutions to assist individuals with disabilities and special needs during emergencies or natural disasters. It details the purpose, scope, findings. and recommendations. These include the development of emergency/disaster exercises, planning scenarios and response actions, as well as standards-based solutions.
Students with disabilities set for success IDAHO
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is designed to meet the educational needs of enrolled students with documented disabilities.
Trust suspends disabilities staff UK
An NHS trust in Essex has suspended an undisclosed number of staff after concerns were raised in a team dealing with people with learning disabilities.