Posts Tagged ‘TBI’

Latest treatment advances for Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury and stroke discussed at symposium

Posted on: April 26th, 2013 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

CORE Health Care is very excited to be one of the sponsors of the upcoming Collaborating for Cures symposium on May 1 in Austin. Several of the country’s most expert practitioners will discuss cutting-edge treatments and imaging techniques being developed to treat Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury and stroke.

The symposium will feature presentations on stem cells, treatments for closed head injury, disorders of consciousness, dementia imaging, drug screening for degeneration, pain syndrome after stoke, emerging therapeutics in ischemic stroke, and neurorecovery versus neurorehabilitation, as well as provide a forum for leading scientists in the field to share ideas and discuss potential collaboration.Older man and young girl sitting on a dock

Patients and their families may attend at no cost.

“We are committed to providing advanced care to our patients while pioneering the science of medicine through research,” said Mark Burnett., neurosurgeon and executive medical director of NeuroTexas Institute at St. David’s HealthCare. “This symposium will allow us to share what we already know and to explore the endless opportunities for new treatment options for patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and the effects of stroke.” (more…)

Wear a helmet!

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

It won’t ruin your hair.

It won’t make you look stupid.

It’s not uncool.

What will ruin your hair, make you look stupid and be totally uncool is injuring your brain while not wearing a helmet when you’re skateboarding, bicycling, inline skating, snowboarding or riding a scooter. Falling from as little as 2 feet can cause a traumatic brain injury.

The statistics from the Think First Foundation, a national group:

  • Helmets can prevent an estimated 75 percent of bicycle fatalities among children – riders without helmets are 14 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than riders wearing helmets.
  • Bicycle helmets can prevent 85 to 88 percent of critical head and brain injuries.
  • If all children aged 4 to 15 wore a bicycle helmet, up to 45,000 head injuries would be prevented each year.
  • Inline skaters sustain 11,000 head and face injuries annually; about 75 percent of skaters don’t wear any safety equipment.
  • About 27 percent of injuries from riding a scooter are head injuries.
  • In 2000, nearly 50,000 children aged 5 to 14 went to a hospital emergency room for skateboard-related injuries.
  • Wearing a helmet could prevent 85 percent of scooter and inline skating injuries.
  • Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury among skiers and snowboarders by 35 percent. (This statistic is from researchers at the University of Calgary based on research published in 2010 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.) (more…)

The cost of brain injury

Posted on: July 20th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report, about 1.7 million people have a traumatic brain injury each year. That’s up from 1.4 per year in 2004. This number is suspected to be low because it doesn’t include traumatic brain injuries that are treated during doctor’s office visits or in outpatient settings. There are also hundreds of thousands of people who experience a mild or moderate traumatic brain injury (in many cases from playing a sport) and don’t go to the doctor.

Of these 1.7 million people, 52,000 die and 275,000 are hospitalized. Traumatic brain injury contributes to about 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

People serving in the military – in both combat and non-combat roles – have a much higher risk of traumatic brain injury. A 2003 study reported that 23 percent of non-combat active-duty soldiers at Fort Bragg had sustained a traumatic brain injury during military service. More recent reports suggest that as many as 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have some type of traumatic brain injury. (more…)

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Posted on: June 30th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

About 1.7 million people in the United States sustain traumatic brain injuries each year. As a nation, we don’t talk a lot about brain injury, but the incidences are high enough that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call traumatic brain injury a serious public health problem.

Traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow to the head or an object piercing the head and damaging the brain. According to the CDC, about a third of traumatic brain injuries are from falls. Motor vehicle accidents, military combat, fighting and blows to the head while playing sports are other leading causes. (more…)