Brain injuries: what NICE doesn't tell you

Friday, 31 January 2014 19:22

The UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) determines the guidelines that British doctors should follow. But recent revisions mean that potentially life-saving information about brain injuries isn't given to patients.

The title of this post is a play on the title of the magazine "What doctors don't tell you" (a rag so packed to the brim with pseudoscience and anti-vaccine propaganda that it's practically a quack's guidebook, but that's a story for another day). As regular readers will be aware, I believe doctors generally do tell you absolutely what you need to know. Unfortunately it seems the UK's governing body that assesses amongst other things, what doctors should tell you, has been resisting calls from a range of experts to inform people who have had brain injuries about a piece of information that could save their life.

Interested in this story? Read more on The Guardian (UK) website.


National Acquired Brain Injury Conference 2014 - Call for Abstracts

Thursday, 09 January 2014 12:33

In August 2014, the Loddon Mallee Acquired Brain Injury Network (LMABIN), in collaboration with Bendigo Health, will stage its second industry specific region-wide conference. The conference will bring together knowledge and experience from a wide range of practitioners and academics with valuable insights into current issues for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). This is a rare opportunity to gather together people with expertise across disciplines and to explore current and future options.

For more information, download the Conference flyer. [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 212.35 KB]


Concussion History Associated With Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Friday, 03 January 2014 10:25

A new study suggests that a history of concussion involving at least a momentary loss of consciousness may be related to the buildup of Alzheimer's-associated plaques in the brain. The research is published in the Dec. 26, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "Interestingly, in people with a history of concussion, a difference in the amount of brain plaques was found only in those with memory and thinking problems, not in those who were cognitively normal," says study author Michelle Mielke, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic researcher.  

Read more about this research at the ScienceDaily website.


Why Indigenous Australians need a properly funded NDIS

Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:49

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) presents an overwhelming opportunity to revolutionise the care and support given to Indigenous people. But the equity of the scheme is already at risk, with treasurer Joe Hockey yesterday warning the scheme will have to be made more efficient.

Our research for the NDIS this year revealed that people living in the remote communities face a complex web of system failures spanning health care, disability services, housing and infrastructure.

Without political will and bi-partisan commitment from all tiers of government to address the chronic gaps in infrastructure and health-care delivery, the NDIS scheme can’t deliver on its promises in very remote Indigenous communities.  

Read the full story, by  Anne Stephens and India Bohanna, James Cook University, on The Conversation website.


Brain injury, memory and music studied

Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:44

Two researchers from the University of Newcastle in Australia have found that music may be successfully used to help people with acquired brain injuries (ABIs) regain their memories.

Amee Baird and Severine Samson played five participants with ABIs extracts from Billboard Hot 100 number one singles dating back from when they were five to the present day.

They were asked to record their familiarity with the song, say if they liked it and detail any memories it evoked.

The study found that the frequency of 'music-evoked autobiographical memories' (MEAMs) was similar in the patients with brain injuries (38 to 71 per cent) as it was to that in the control group without memory problems (48 to 71 per cent).  

Read the full story on the website of The British Psychological Society.


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