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By On August 28th, 2014

A Story of Recovery

Its not often that a tragic story about brain injury and disability has a positive ending, but The Telegraph ran a story about Simon Lewis who experienced a devastating brain injury in a horrific car accident which killed his wife and he was mistaken for dead with a Glasgow Coma Scale of 3 at the…

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By On July 2nd, 2014

A Tale of Psychosurgery and Amnesia

I normally would have passed over reading this blog, but the subject caught my eye about  psychosurgery and amnesia, so I began to read an excerpt from Sam Kean’s new book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, which I found on longreads.com. The story is fascinating in terms of an unfortunate surgical discovery of the…

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By On June 20th, 2014

Soccer rivals football for concussion risks

With the World Cup we are seeing a lot more of soccer and with the increased televised games we are paying more attention to the injuries sustained by soccer players. There has been a lot of attention paid recently to the dangers of “heading the ball” in soccer as a potential cause of  brain injury.…

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By On June 18th, 2014

Schumacher moves to rehab: The long road back

Michael Schumacher, the Formula 1 champion, has emerged from his long coma and moved into a rehabilitation center at University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Schumacher sustained a severe brain injury from a fall in a skiing accident and has been in a medically sustained coma. During his hospitalization in Grenoble, France there has been…

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By On April 23rd, 2014

Russell Allen and a stroke of bad luck

Russell Allen, a linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, played his last game on December 15, 2013. Up against Buffalo, Allen “had his bell rung” but continued to play on in the game with a searing headache and vision problems. A trip to the Emergency Room and three days of testing revealed that Allen had suffered…

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By On April 22nd, 2014

The Man Who Stole Einstein’s Brain

When Albert Einstein died on April 17, 1955, his wishes were to be cremated and his ashes scattered. Einstein was concerned about the exploitation that could occur after his death which would rob his family of their privacy. Thomas Harvey, MD, the pathologist on duty in the Princeton Hospital where Einstein died, stole the brain…

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By On April 9th, 2014

Bridging the gap between the brain and muscles

In a small study involving people with spinal cord injuries, researchers have successfully used electrical stimulation to activate the muscles needed for walking. While still in the early phases with humans, this research points the way to restoring the ability to walk to individuals with spinal cord injuries. It has long been thought that by…

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