Fine tuning first-responder immune cells may reduce TBI damage

IMAGE: Drs. Babak Baban (foreground) and Krishnan Dhandapani. view more  Credit: Kim Ratliff, Augusta University photographer AUGUSTA, Ga. (January 25, 2021) – Immediately after a traumatic brain injury and as long as one year later, there are increased levels of immune cells called ILCs in the brain promoting inflammation, which can worsen brain damage, scientists report. […]

Making microwaves safer for children

A 15-year research and advocacy effort to make microwave ovens safer has led to a change in national manufacturing standards that will make microwaves more difficult for young children to open, protecting them from the severe microwave-related burns that scar hundreds of kids under 5 years old in the United States each year. Researchers at […]

Neurologists say there is no medical justification for police use of neck restraints

BOSTON – Some police departments in the United States continue to teach officers that neck restraints are a safe method for controlling agitated or aggressive people, but that’s a dangerous myth, according to a Viewpoint written by three neurologists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in JAMA Neurology. The killing of George Floyd, a Black man […]

Imaging of ballistic wounds, bullet composition and implications for MRI safety

IMAGE: Scout (A), T1-weighted spin-echo (SE) (B), T2-weighted SE (C), T2-weighted gradient-recalled echo (GRE) (TR/TE, 500/10; D), and T2-weighted GRE (TR/TE, 700/30; E) MR images show jacket hollow point .45 automatic… view more  Credit: American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) Leesburg, VA, December 29, 2020–According to an article in ARRS’ American Journal […]

Scientists explore deficits in processing speed in individuals with spinal cord injury

IMAGE: Dr. Wylie is director of the Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation. view more  Credit: Kessler Foundation/Jody Banks East Hanover, NJ. December 30, 2020. A team of rehabilitation researchers has studied processing speed deficits in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), comparing their brain activation patterns with those of healthy age-matched controls, and older […]

One psychedelic experience may lessen trauma of racial injustice

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A single positive experience on a psychedelic drug may help reduce stress, depression and anxiety symptoms in Black, Indigenous and people of color whose encounters with racism have had lasting harm, a new study suggests. The participants in the retrospective study reported that their trauma-related symptoms linked to racist acts were lowered […]

Brain imaging predicts PTSD after brain injury

Philadelphia, December 29, 2020 – Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychiatric disorder brought on by physical and/or psychological trauma. How its symptoms, including anxiety, depression and cognitive disturbances arise remains incompletely understood and unpredictable. Treatments and outcomes could potentially be improved if doctors could better predict who would develop PTSD. Now, researchers using […]

Forearm fractures may signal intimate partner violence

IMAGE: X-ray shows fracture to the ulna bone of the forearm. view more  Credit: Radiological Society of North America OAK BROOK, Ill. – Up to one-third of adult women who sustain a non-displaced fracture to the ulna bone of the forearm may be victims of intimate partner violence, according to a study being presented at the […]

Vegans, vegetarians and pescetarians may be at higher risk of bone fractures

Compared with people who ate meat, vegans with lower calcium and protein intakes on average, had a 43% higher risk of fractures anywhere in the body (total fractures), as well as higher risks of site-specific fractures of the hips, legs and vertebrae, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. Vegetarians […]

Printable ink guides cell growth, offers nerve injury hope

IMAGE: A magnified image show neurons growing in a line along the printable bioconductive ink. view more  Credit: RMIT University Researchers have developed a neuron-growing ink that uses the body’s own electrical signals to precisely guide the growth of nerve cells. The bioconductive ink can be printed in lines to direct where neurons grow, cracking a […]