Mind your Brain
Mar 15, 21:53
Here is a 2018 systematic review, which suggests that currently there is insufficient high-quality evidence to support practice recommendations relating to psychological interventions for enhancing coping strategies in the aftermath of TBI; and that a more unified concept of coping in TBI needs to be articulated. that would allow for the development and validation of measurement scales better suited to brain-injured populations: Background/Aims:The aim of this study was to identify effective psychosocial interventions to enhance coping in people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, in order to inform clinical practice and articulate future research directions. Methods:Five electronic databases (CINAHL, Medline, EM...
Mar 09, 16:43
This book has 2 chapters that caught my eye, chapter 2 on Cognitive Functions in Geriatric Populations and chapter 9 on Brain Ageing and Cognitive Impairment, which also includes discussions on brain reserve and cognitive reserve: Mental and physical disorders are common in old age but frequently remain undetected and untreated. Managing treatment and controlling symptoms of these disorders is imperative to the longevity and quality of life of patients.The Handbook of Research on Geriatric Health, Treatment, and Care provides...
Mar 01, 23:26
And here is some exciting news, the opening of "Dementia Villages" in BC. The model has been successfully used in the Netherlands, and is arguably much more ethically viable for people who will need such residences than current practices would allow for. Comprised of six homes and a community centre, The Village — inspired by a similar facility in The Netherlands — will house 78 dementia sufferers
Mar 01, 23:22
Results of this 2018 study support the significant role of physical activity as a leisure & recreational activity in promotion of elderly quality of life. The Comparison of physical health, psychological health, social relationship and environmental condition in Active & Inactive Elderly People
Feb 24, 17:13
The FDA has approved marketing of first blood test to aid in the evaluation of concussion in adults. As exciting as these news maybe, there are critical reviews of this press release, the latter of which one one also access from the critical review posted here: Getty Images
Feb 24, 17:05
When treating patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, neurologists often encounter discrepancies, in that complaint patterns do not correlate directly with medically established signs of brain damage or the lack thereof. For many of these patients, complaints are progressive, suggesting either an unlikely progressive damage to the brain, or a vicious circle. The authors of this article hypothesize that ‘toxic stress’ may be one of the factors causing an increased symptom load and leads to persistence and increased severity. and discuss another approach is being called for to treat the consequences of MTB.
Feb 19, 22:07
The following website post talks about 'What is life like after a brain injury the roadblocks experienced by people with sich an acquired brain injury, and the necessity of rehabilitation programs to support people's return to being able to function and cope with daily demands': Imagine how you would feel if everything about your life suddenly changed – from who you are and what you do for a living to how you raise your kids and complete daily tasks.
Feb 17, 17:55
Neurodegenerative disorders are challenging to manage. Following is a 2018 editorial on Nutritional and Pharmacological Interventions for Neurodegenerative Disorders:
Feb 03, 16:34
This chapter of the book:'Handbook of Developmental Neurotoxicology' (page 265) can be reviewed via google books (prior to purchasing I surmise) for those who are interested in getting a more detailed look at this information. The importance of the human microbiome in health, including the ways that environmental stressors affect the composition and function of the oral, nasal, skin, urogenital, and intestinal microbiota and thus contribute to disease, has recently been recognized as a major topic of research. One emergin...
Feb 03, 16:29
One unresolved question in the field of TBI regards the increased risk of dementia following TBI. This 2018 nation wide cohort study suggest increased dementia risk for people with TBI. The question remains though whether predictions come true over longer periods of time, simply because developments in brain health and cognitive TBI support are developing, which may provide work to decrease such risks. Using longitudinal, case-control, and sibling-matched analyses of nationwide data from Sweden, Peter Nordström and Anna Nordström describe the association between TBI and dementia, its time course, and the influence of familial factors.
Jan 28, 20:33
This 2017 book on sports concussions includes a chapter on the "Rest and recovery from concussion" by Noah Silverberg and Grant Iverson, which explores the historical evolution of the idea of rest in the management of concussion, the rationale behind it, and evidence of using rest as concussion treatment, and addresses the question of possible harmful effects of rest and activity restriction following concussion. Most importantly for clinicians, it includes a section with specific recommendations on how to implement 'rest and return to activity recommendations in clinical practice': Sport-related concussions have become an increasingly important topic as evidenced by recent media attention. Due in large part to the complex nature of concussive injuries, there is great discrepancy in the effect these injuries have on individual functioning and the type and nature of services tha...
Jan 12, 15:14
Similarly to the earlier post today, this post provides guidance to seniors and their loved ones in terms of possibilities for senior living arrangements in the US. I need to add though that although I realize that it is not always possible, I would suggest that it is more advantageous to keep senior loved ones close to the family and in their own familiar environment (e.g., their apartment) with assistance in the home as appropriate. For the brain it is generally more challenging to adjust to and navigate new environment (and learn new information), which can lead to unnecessary suffering when forced on a person. People with memory difficulties (as long as a person can function safely in their home) can be well served by allowing them to remain in their known environment/apartment, and thereby keep their quality of life (with assistance as needed). Alternatively, if a person is lonely and depressed due to isolation in their own environment, senior living arrangements may be a great alternative that can provide additional human/ social contact. The decision belongs to the senior person, however, as long as the person is capable of making sound decisions. Senior Living articles from SeniorGuidance.org. We have the most complete collection of senior living resources across the United States.
Jan 12, 14:58
Here is a page providing fundamental information on the nervous system and related disorder. This page also provides links to information on cognitive aging disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease from the NIH and the like:
Dec 23, 16:30
A systematic review into evidence of supplements to prevent cognitive decline (physical exercise and cognitive exercises are likely the better options in the endeavour of staving off cognitive decline - based on accumulating evidence that was also posted on this page some time ago): Mary Butler, PhD, MBA; Victoria A. Nelson, MSc; Heather Davila, MPA; Edward Ratner, MD; Howard A. Fink, MD, MPH; Laura S. Hemmy, PhD; J. Riley McCarten, MD; Terry R. Barclay, PhD; Michelle Brasure, PhD, MSPH, MLIS; Robert L. Kane, MD (†)
Dec 17, 16:37
This link speaks for itself: Dementia helpline from the AD Society of BC: dementia helpline,we can help,resources and information,dementia resources, first link
Dec 09, 16:13
Sports concussions are not likely to be inconsequential. But the contact sports are also unlikely to go away any time soon. Yet the techniques used in these sports can have an impact on the frequency and type of experienced injuries If any). Here is an article that suggests the negative influence of body checking on the occurrence of concussion in ice hockey: Background: Body checking is a common cause of youth ice hockey injuries. Consequently, USA Hockey raised the minimum age at which body checking is permitted fr...
Dec 02, 18:16
Last post for today, I thought after the post on how marriage is affected by brain injury, it is likely also helpful to understand what are some reasons for the memory difficulties that people with brain injury experience (i.e., remembering new information) and how to change one's approach to support a loved one with brain injury in learning information: Tedd Judd received his BA from Princeton, his PhD from Cornell, and his postdoctoral training in neuropsychology at the University of Washington. He is Board...
Dec 02, 18:09
As a follow up to the last post, this post talks about marriage after brain injury: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, is the Rosa Schwarz Cifu Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Medical...
Nov 26, 01:43
Sometimes I find great information on what happens to people after brain injuries including their relationships. Here is a great article on what can happen to marriages after brain injury, including evidence, and it is a more hopeful picture that we usually are being provided with. In reality, we really don't know what the future looks like- that can mean hope for the person who survives a brain injury and his/ her family.
Nov 25, 17:00
Hot of the press, this accepted manuscript suggests that cognitive capacity (e.g., higher cognitive functions) and motor coordination share a fundamentally limited pool of neural resources. To people trained in the mental health arena, in may make sense that psychological challenges are the major contributor to functional difficulties in life. After all, the psychologically trained arena suggests that anxiety arises due to the conflict between overestimating danger and underestimating one's ability to cope with or manage the experienced challenges. Thus, if the ability to cope with challenges and manage functional difficulties arises from cognitive difficulties due to brain injury or an aging brain, it makes complete sense to me that the anxiety is secondary to neural/ cognitive capacity issues, and therefore would require addressing the cognitive capacity in addition to providing psychological support. Psychological support on its own (e.g., adjustment counselling, resilience counselling), however, in such cases cannot be seen as the main therapy because it usually does not address the root cause in cases where functionality is compromised due to brain changes that decrease a person's ability to function successfully.
Nov 25, 16:11
I have posted a number of articles on nutrition. This 2017 article's content includes information on nutrition and practices to support health brain.
Mild TBI is a common injury, oftentimes labelled as concussion, which is rather a clinical syndrome.
Dr. Lara Boyd on how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want.
Can my leisure activities protect my cognitive function? Reducing the risk of dementia!
What is flooding (information processing overload) following brain injury and how to address it
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