Brain injuries: what NICE doesn't tell you

Friday, 31 January 2014 19:22

The UK's National Institute for Health and wow it's great 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 just try! viagra canada no prescription 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.


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 newsletter buy super cialis 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 cheapest cialis prices medicines 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 what is cialis link for you 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.


New outdoor therapy area for brain injury rehab

Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:42

Rehabilitation services for people with a brain injury have been bolstered with the opening of a new outdoor therapy area in Newcastle.

The Hunter Brain Injury Service at Bar Beach has turned a derelict tennis court into a 25-metre running track, a multi-purpose grassed field, as well as a basketball area.

Read more at ABCOnline.


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