traumatic brain injury

Potential target identified for preventing long-term effects of traumatic brain injury

Study in mice suggests that protecting axons may prevent development of neurological problems associated with TBI
UI researchers believe they may have identified a potential approach for preventing the development of neurological problems associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their research in mice suggests that protecting axons—the fiber-like projections that connect brain cells—prevents the long-term neuropsychiatric problems caused by blast-related TBI.

Compound protects brain cells after traumatic brain injury

New compound prevents neurodegeneration caused by blast injury and protects brain function
A new class of compounds protects brain cells from the type of damage caused by blast-mediated traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mice treated with these compounds 24-36 hours after experiencing TBI from a blast injury were protected from the harmful effects of TBI, including problems with learning, memory, and movement.

Radio Iowa UI doctor: modern football helmets do not prevent concussions

Andy Peterson, director of the UI sports concussion program, says football helmets help diffuse the impact of collisions, but don't absorb the forces of that impact; modern helmets help protect against skull fractures and traumatic head injuries that cause bleeding in the brain, he says.

Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury have brain abnormalities

White matter 'potholes' are associated with severity of head injury and cognitive impairment
A recent study by psychiatrists with the Iowa City VA Medical Center and University of Iowa Health Care finds that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) have measurable abnormalities in the white matter of their brains when compared to returning veterans who have not experienced TBI.

Reuters Jorge responds to Afghan rampage

UI psychiatrist Ricardo Jorge comments on the possibility that a traumatic brain injury led to a U.S. soldier's murderous rampage in Afghanistan.