Peripheral vision reaction time assessment to diagnose mild traumatic brain injury patients

A new test using peripheral vision reaction time could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of mild traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a concussion, according to Peter J. Bergold, PhD, professor of physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and corresponding author of a study published by the Journal of Neurotrauma. While … Continue reading Peripheral vision reaction time assessment to diagnose mild traumatic brain injury patients

Researchers develop in vitro model of brain for research

Harvard University researchers have developed a multiregional brain-on-a-chip that models the connectivity between three distinct regions of the brain. The in vitro model was used to extensively characterize the differences between neurons from different regions of the brain and to mimic the system's connectivity.  The research was published in the Journal of Neurophysiology.Image of the … Continue reading Researchers develop in vitro model of brain for research

Concussion and Alzheimer’s disease link

New research has found concussions accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition. The findings, which appear in the journal Brain, show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration.Brain. Ashton UniversityModerate-to-severe traumatic brain injury is one of the strongest environmental risk factors for … Continue reading Concussion and Alzheimer’s disease link

Magnetoencephalography and computational analysis to accurately diagnose concussions

Simon Fraser University researchers have found that high-resolution brain scans, coupled with computational analysis, could play a critical role in helping to detect concussions that conventional scans might miss.In a study published in PLOS Computational Biology, Vasily Vakorin and Sam Doesburg show how magnetoencephalography (MEG), which maps interactions between regions of the brain, could detect … Continue reading Magnetoencephalography and computational analysis to accurately diagnose concussions

Methylphenidate with cognitive behavioral therapy found helpful in traumatic brain injury patients

A combination of the stimulant drug methylphenidate with a process known as cognitive-behavioral rehabilitation is a promising option to help people who suffer from persistent cognitive problems following traumatic brain injury, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have reported. The study, believed to be the first to systematically compare the combination therapy to alternative … Continue reading Methylphenidate with cognitive behavioral therapy found helpful in traumatic brain injury patients

Bone marrow derived stem cell therapy shown to reduce inflammation in traumatic brain injury

Results of a cellular therapy clinical trial for traumatic brain injury (TBI) using a patient's own stem cells showed that the therapy appears to dampen the body's neuroinflammatory response to trauma and preserve brain tissue, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The results, which also confirmed safety … Continue reading Bone marrow derived stem cell therapy shown to reduce inflammation in traumatic brain injury

Researchers found pathology behind traumatic brain injury and possible theraputic target

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have various harmful long-term neurological effects, including problems with vision, coordination, memory, mood, and thinking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury  from a head injury is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and close to 5 million Americans—soldiers and … Continue reading Researchers found pathology behind traumatic brain injury and possible theraputic target