Mind your Brain
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.
Nov 22, 00:13
I was contacted by Meredith, a registered nurse, and a health writer, who I have been informed that November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. She decided to put together an infographic about this devastating disease that is affecting more and more people around the world every year, as well as a list of some of the key resources where caregivers and relatives can find help, and asked me whether I would post it this information, which I am happy to do. I would also encourage people to have a closer look at "how to talk to someone with Alzheimer's" (mid page of the infographic), as knowing the "how-to"s is oftentimes forgotten when providing information. Alzheimer’s disease is devastating – both to the one who is suffering with it and to their loved ones who stand by helplessly and watch. Let's have a closer look at it...
Nov 18, 16:59
Here is a post on headaches following concussion, one the most common symptoms following traumatic brain injury (besides fatigue): #Headaches can come on suddenly and persist months or years after #concussion or #traumaticbraininjury. What do you want to know about headaches? We are here to discuss in this week's Facebook Live Friday!
Nov 11, 04:29
As public awareness regarding concussion has increased, there has been a renewed focus on research, especially in the vulnerable pediatric population. The purpose of this open access 2017 article is a review of relevant research published in the last few years (2015–2017) with highlights of these updates summarized for clinical use. Concussion is a major public health issue that has received much publicity in recent years. Reported concussions are increasing across all ages, including the highest rates in pediatric age ranges. Du
Nov 04, 17:49
Similarly to the information discussed in the earlier post today, another approach to generalize cognitive rehabilitation efforts to real world contexts for clients with cognitive dysfunction (e.g., traumatic brain injury) (as discussed in the earlier post today) is the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP): Transferring learning from therapy to everyday life skills is a necessary step for successful therapy outcomes, yet rarely addressed and achieved. However, a co...
Nov 04, 17:44
One of the major challenges in in the field of cognitive rehabilitation treatment (CRT) is the question of successful generalization of the remediation efforts to real world contexts. One step in CRT that allows for such generalization is the use of functional cognitive activities in combination with other cognitive rehabilitation measures (e.g., education re implementing cognitive strategies and cognitive remediation). These pilot case studies investigated the effectiveness of the Functional Cognitive Activities for Adults with Brain Injury: A Sequential Approach (FCA) in generalizing functional cognitive skills across meaningful occupations for adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). This quasi-experimental pre...
Oct 28, 17:37
Physical activity, either aerobic or resistance training [which has been shown to be associated with an increase in BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor)], is usually linked to better brain functioning (e.g., healthy aging and potentially preventing pathological aging). In pathological aging (dementia), however, treatments or ways to slow the progression of neurodegenerative changes appear to be elusive. The posted Iranian study, which compared different approaches (mental stimulation, physical training, combined, and control group) in 44 elderly women, suggests that "mental training is a more useful, safe, and persistent strategy to attenuate the progression of mild cognitive decline" (MCI), probably via the observed association with BDNF elevation.
Oct 21, 16:31
Dualistic thinking has informed our understandings throughout historical times (e.g., including Aristotle, Plato), and examples of dualistic thinking would include the categorization of the difficulties experienced by persons following traumatic brain injury into emotional and cognitive difficulties. This 2017 review(The full-text will be published soon) provides insights into the integrative functioning of the brain, which would argue against such categorization. Objective: This paper will address how anomalies of executive function after TBI can translate into altered social behaviour that has an impact on a person’s capacity to live safely and independently in the community.Method: Review of literature on executive and neurobehavioural function linked to c...
Oct 14, 04:29
I attended a conference/ summit on brain technology today, and came across a number of great technological helpful tools. One is curatio.me; an app to download and build patient support networks, which could include a brain injury and/ or dementia network as well as caregiver networks.
Oct 07, 17:04
Last post in today's series on cognitive aging, this article addresses the ethical dilemma that arises when patients with mild cognitive impairment are unable to take adequate care of themselves but, because they do not have moderate or severe dementia, maintain their legal right to make health care decisions, resulting in Elder Self-Neglect. Cases of elder self-neglect require physicians to balance the patient’s wish for independence and the risks of poor self-care.
Oct 07, 16:55
This study focuses on internet resources that emphasized audience members’ personal responsibility for managing dementia risk. It is argued that such representations promote a moral identity in regard to brain health in which an ethic of self-responsibility is central. The implications of such identity construction in a context of increasing prevalence of dementia diagnosis are discussed. For example, online health messages about dementia have the potential to contribute to the reproduction of a potentially repressive neoliberal rationality of self-discipline and risk management. This study aims to contribute to understanding of contemporary sense-making around the issue of dementia risk prevention—in particular, how representations of dementia prevention might mediate people’s subjective experience of, and responses to, cognitive aging and adds to currently available information by examining how online information about dementia risk and prevention works to construct participation in prevention as desirable, necessary, and obligatory, despite ongoing debate about the benefit of such practices. The Internet has been argued to provide diverse sites for health communication and promotion, including issues that constitute major public health priorities su...
Oct 07, 16:32
Subjective cognitive decline can be suggestive of later objective cognitive decline. However, many factors can be impacting subjective cognitive well-being. This 2017 free article comments on the connection between subjective cognitive decline, depression, and brain abnormalities. Subjective cognitive decline (SCD), or self-perceived worsening of cognitive function in the absence of objective cognitive deficits, has attracted significant scientific attention for decades, because this phenomenon might reflect the earliest signs of an emerging neurodegenerative disease.1...
Sep 30, 16:55
In addition to the previous article on caregivers' burden, I am posting an article on the changes that can be effected in people with chronic traumatic brain injury (with all its challenges of pilot data, but notwithstanding pretty revolutionary, and make no mistake, it's just the start of the movement). In short, in my mind, it's not only psychological/ emotional support that vulnerable people need but rather a comprehensive approach that provides people with the 'how-to's' of problem solving including the cognitive training and emotional support and allowing them to reach their potential. At present, it seems that society "thinks" it easier to "plateau" people with brain injury; an expensive approach for society and potentially a devastating approach for the person plateau'd, when it actually is possible to provide the interventions to allow people after brain injury to become a participating member again. Facilitating functional recovery following brain injury is a key goal of neurorehabilitation. Direct, objective measures of changes in the brain are critical to understanding how and when meaningful changes occur, however, assessing neuroplasticity using ...
Sep 30, 16:33
Much research is done in the population of traumatic brain injury. However, caregivers' needs are largely unacknowledged or ignored. Therefore, this 2017 open access article on: "Caregiver’s Burden of the Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury" is topic of today's post.
Sep 24, 18:17
And here is a resource page for healthy cognitive aging from the National Institute on Aging: Curious about your cognitive health? See what steps you can take to help care for your brain, including physical and mental health.
Sep 24, 18:11
Fatigue following traumatic brain injury is an long-lasting symptom that has not received sufficient attention in this population. Unfortunately, we do not understand the construct, in general or in this specific population. Fatigability refers to the brain/ neural correlates of fatigue, whereas fatigue refers to a person's experience/ awareness of fatigue, i.e. 2 different constructs/ entities. Importantly, there is evidence that cognition as well as sleep and mood are all different constructs, albeit correlated with the fatigue experience. Given the importance of the fatigue construct, the following 2017 article is posted here. Introduction: Fatigue is the most frequently reported persistent symptom following a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), but the explanations for the persisting fatigue symptoms in mTBI remain controversial. In this study, we investigated the change of cerebral blood flow during the performance of a...
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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