Archive for April 2012

On the Level - Winter 2012

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

Inside this Issue:

  • Two Poles & a Vestibular Disorder: My Portland Marathon Story
  • Tips on increasing your activity level & managing fatigue
  • New Technologies: The Balance Belt
  • A New Face at VeDA - letter from your new executive director
  • Come on everybody, do your exercise!
  • The Artistic Expression of Vestibular Disorders

Healing the Brain, with Clinicians in Mind Heads Up to Clinicians: Concussion Training

Posted by Kerrie Denner

( “For me, recovering from the concussion was harder than recovering from other injuries I’ve had. When I got a concussion playing soccer, I expected to sit out some games, but I never realized that it would actually hurt to think,” said Sarah Rainey, a high school varsity soccer player.

While most athletes with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some like Sarah, will have symptoms that last for days, weeks, or even months. This doesn’t just affect an athlete on the sports field, but can impact their ability to participate in school and even their daily activities.

Brain injury brings a new understanding, an altered reality

Posted by Kerrie Denner

( Reading about March's Brain Injury Awareness events, I was reminded that an inability to follow more than one- or two-step commands is a common cognitive impairment that people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) get to live with. Other cognitive experiences include coma, confusion, shortened attention span, short- and long-term memory problems, difficulty making plans and decisions, and problems with judgment and concentration.

New technology could change how traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed

Posted by Kerrie Denner

(CBS/AP) From car wrecks to combat injuries to concussions from playing football, traumatic brain injuries can cause serious damage and leave irreparable harm. That makes it all the more frustrating that these brain injuries are so difficult for doctors to diagnose.

Now scientists are testing a new MRI-based tool that lights up the breaks these injuries leave deep in the brain's wiring, much like X-rays show broken bones.

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