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    Baylor Researchers Study Traumatic Brain Injury ... - Claims Journal

    For patients recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the rehabilitation process – compensating for changes in functioning, adaptation and even community reintegration – can be challenging. Unfortunately, not all rehab programs are created equal, and with the differences comes a difference in outcomes, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation .

    Collectively authored by Baylor researchers, the outcomes study (titled “Comparative Effectiveness of Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Differential Outcomes Across TBI Model Systems Centers”), set out to identify if outcomes at the post-discharge and one-year points varied across 21 Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) centers. The Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation (BIR) was one of the centers studied.

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    Antidepressants could help heal brain injuries
    While antidepressants are often prescribed after a traumatic brain injury to help patients deal with the emotional fallout from their ordeal, new research suggests these medications could also help the brain itself heal.

    Anti-depressants boost brain cells after injury
    Huang said many patients who have a traumatic brain injury also experience depression. By some estimates, half of such patients are depressed, according to a Rochester statement quoted in the journal. Doctors are not sure whether the depression is a

    New Brain Cell Growth Restores Function
    Others have evidence that the new wiring that hooks up new brain cells sometimes gets tangled and may lead to seizures after a brain injury or in epilepsy. Many researchers have suspected that making new cells is good for the brain,

    Healing hope for brain injury
    Blaiss is lead author of new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience this month that shows that the brain actively works to repair its vital memory and learning centre in the hippocampus after traumatic brain injury. (The name hippocampus has

    Can proper nutrition help blunt brain injury?
    Can proper nutrition help blunt brain injury? Bruce Bistrian, MD, PhD, a panelist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in an article in the Wall Street Journal that early feeding can cut disabilities and deaths after head injury by 25 to 50 percent.

    Brain-injured man can't marry, judge rules

    An Illinois man who suffered a brain injury during surgery in 2009 can’t marry his girlfriend of 38 years because he doesn’t have the capacity to consent, a Rockford judge has ruled.

    Judge Lisa Fabiano says she has no doubt that John Morris would like to marry long-time girlfriend, Colette Purifoy, and no doubt that Purifoy is utterly devoted to the man, the Rockford Register Star reports. But state law requires the capacity to consent, and there is no provision allowing a guardian to consent on behalf of a ward, Fabiano ruled last week.

    Morris is under 24-hour nursing care at the home where he lives with Purifoy, who is legal guardian of Morris’ estate. Court documents say the brain injury has left Morris in a vegetative state, according to a prior story by the Register Star.

    Purifoy says Morris had proposed, though they hadn’t married. They owned a home and had combined their financial assets, however, and they have a child together. Each also has children from prior relationships.