Rapid Transit for Some TBI Survivors?
Some TBI survivors have a walking disability that causes them to walk slowly. My husband does, but the primary reason for him is lack of balance. He could walk faster if he could hold onto something (or someone). Available this summer, a new product from Japan might help. It’s a tricycle scooter that is powered by an electric motor and can go up to 15 mph. The electric motor is charged by a standing rider stepping on special pedals. Note the handrails, which will provide a balance aid. Don’t forget to wear a helmet! (Full story)
Longevity Gene Enhances Brain Function
Recent research showed that a longevity gene variant is probably responsible for enhanced memory and higher IQ. Scientists want to understand how the protein coded for by this gene enhances these brain functions. There is much excitement about this protein, which is found circulating in the blood. Once it is known how the protein works in the brain, it may be possible to design therapeutic drugs that mimic the action of the variant longevity protein. Lots of interest is for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, but such a drug might also help to restore memories or elevate IQ in some TBI and stroke survivors. (Full story)