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Archive for June 26, 2014

SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . . . . . Public Release of the First Comprehensive Guidelines on Concussions in Children

Public Release of the First Comprehensive Guidelines

on Concussions in Children

 

newsboy-thChildren’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and a panel of 30 experts from the US and Canada established and released guidelines meant to standardize the identification and management of concussions in 5- to 18-year-old children. Dr. Roger Zemek, who headed the panel, said, “We’ve developed a reliable resource that is valuable for everyone affected by pediatric concussion: from children and their families, to healthcare providers, and to schools and recreational organizations. This is so important because children get more concussions than adults do, with increased risk because their brains are still developing.” The group read over 4,000 publications and considered current technology. In one example, a pocket-sized device will allow a coach to determine on the sideline whether a player has a concussion or not. There are explicit guidelines for the diagnosis and care of concussions in children, as well as for determining when a child should return to school or play a sport again. The guidelines have been posted on a website and are freely available to anyone, especially parents, educators, coaches, and heathcare providers. (Full story)

 

 

 

SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . Implanted Microchip Allows Paralyzed Man to Move His Fingers by Thought

Implanted Microchip Allows Paralyzed Man

to Move His Fingers by Thought

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Paralysis can be a serious outcome of a traumatic brain injury. Research by scientists and physicians at Battelle Memorial Institute and Ohio State University resulted in the ability of a paralyzed man to flex his fingers. In a first, a microchip implanted into the man’s brain allowed him to curl his fingers simply by thinking about moving them. The result was simple – moving fingers – but the significance of the result is enormous. This small success will eventually lead to huge gains in the thought control of prostheses and in the quality of life for many TBI survivors. (Full story)

 

 

 

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