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PET scans could predict extent of recovery from brain injury, trials shows

Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:47

Doctors believe they may have found a reliable way to assess whether patients in a vegetative state after a severe brain injury are likely to wake up, raising ethical questions about the best treatment for those in an unresponsive state.

In a hospital trial, brain scans using PET technology – positron emission tomography – identified hidden levels of consciousness in a third of patients who had been unresponsive and diagnosed as in a vegetative state for more than a year. Most of these "woke up" or moved to a more responsive state within 12 months.

The results of the four-year trial – which took place in a specialist hospital in Belgium, with patients from all over Europe including the UK – raise ethical questions and could change clinical practice.

Read the full story on The Guardian website.

   

JMB Foundation Inviting Applications

Saturday, 22 March 2014 19:18

 The JMB Foundation is once again inviting 'Applications for Funding' from eligible young people with ABI who have a specific and costed need. 

For example:

  • Home modifications;
  • Extra therapy hours;
  • Community access;
  • Therapy resources and equipment;
  • Respite.

The JMB Foundation’s vision is simple: all young sufferers of acquired brain injury should be fully and appropriately supported in their financial, rehabilitation and accommodation needs. To that end, we raise money, to assist with unmet needs and awareness, of the issue.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Have Acquired Brain Injury;
  • Be less than 50 years of age at the time of first application;
  • Be registered with the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the Disability Support Register (DSR).

Round 3 funding allocations are for the 26 week period from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2014.

All applicants must nominate a single point of contact to act as the 'authorised administrator'. In most cases this is a family member or case manager.

Further details can be found in the attached Application Guidelines, also available on our website http://jmbfoundation.org.au/index.php/applications/ 

To apply:-

  1. complete the application form (attached and available for download at http://jmbfoundation.org.au/index.php/applications/
  2. submit by 30 April 2014 to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or postal address: PO Box 2281, Hawthorn, Vic 3122
   

ACOSS 2014 Conference Disability Support Subsidy

Monday, 10 March 2014 18:58

Applications are now open to support people with a disability to participate in the ACOSS National Conference, 11 th -12 th June 2014.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality. Each year, ACOSS holds a National Conference to bring together key decision makers, practitioners, researchers and the people at the front line of social policy and services.

In 2014 the conference theme is ‘Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond’, and the conference program will feature international guest speakers and Australian leaders presenting a way forward for tackling poverty and inequality. The ACOSS conference will also profile the G20 agenda for Inclusive Growth and identify opportunities for the community sector to engage with C20 advocacy for more inclusive and sustainable social and economic policy.

To find out how to apply, download the flyer. [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 172.1 KB]

   

Enriched environment aids in brain injury recovery

Thursday, 06 March 2014 19:10

MELBOURNE researchers have completely reversed brain damage in animal models by enriching the environment in which they recovered, a finding which could overhaul how victims of car crashes and sporting clashes are treated.

And the stimulation — such as activities, music and socialisation — could be introduced as late as a week after the traumatic brain injury, for the brain to start repairing itself.

Monash University Associate Professor Ramesh Rajan said their findings backed up research published last year that showed human patients who were kept in quiet and clinical wards after injury, did not make as good a recovery or got worse.  

Read more at the Herald Sun website.

   

Fruit fly's pruning protein could be key to treating brain injury

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:21

"A protein that controls the metamorphosis of the common fruit fly could someday play a role in reversing brain injuries. Cysteine proteinase-1 in the fly directs both the early development and regrowth of dendrites that relay information from neuron to neuron. Researchers are hopeful the mammalian equivalent of this molecule might be used to help regrow dendrites after injury."  

Read the full story at the ScienceDaily website.

   

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