Month: September 2011

A Brain Injury at School…a Cautionary Tale for Parents

At about 2:00 pm, second grade student Michael Rodriguez slipped on some water at school and hit his head. By 6:00 pm, his mom was rushing him to the hospital. The basic story is simple, but the lessons are in the details. According to a Texas-based news source, VictoriaAdvocate.com, by the time 7-year-old Michael got …

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Reducing Nursing Home Resident Hospitalizations

A commentary in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) talks about the common problem facing nursing home residents:  Unnecessary hospitalizations due to untrained nurses or substandard medical protocol when an elderly resident becomes ill. According to the articles authors, Dr. Joseph G. Ouslander and Dr. Robert A. Berenson: More than …

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Staying Safer After Carotid Stenting

Results of a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggest guidelines for patients that could help keep them safer after carotid stenting. In fact, this advice might even save lives. A stent is a tiny tube that acts to keep an artery open, allowing blood to flow properly. Stents …

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Helping to Ensure Nursing Home Patient Protections

Earlier this year, California Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard introduced legislation known as H.R. 2552: “Nursing Home Patient Protection & Standards Act.”  (The “H.R.” stands for House of Representatives, signifying that the bill started in that body of Congress.) H.R. 2522 was introduced to ensure consistent standards in nursing homes across the nation. It provides training and whistleblower …

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Johnston County Kicks Off New Teen Driver Safety Campaign

Every parent knows teenagers mostly listen their friends. So Johnston County, North Carolina, officials and school leaders decided to use that to the advanatage of their driver safetly programs. A new driver safety campaign kicked off Wednesday of this week that is based on the idea of having teens discuss and encourage each other to practice safe driving habits.

World Alzheimer's Day

Today, September 21, 2011, is World Alzheimer’s Day. Every year on September 21st, Alzheimer associations across the globe unite to recognize World Alzheimer’s Day, and this year is no exception. World Alzheimer’s Day is a day that unites opinion leaders, people with dementia, their carers and family, medical professionals, researchers and the media from all …

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North Carolina Scientist Wins MacArthur Genius Award

This feels like a win for everyone in North Carolina, and for everyone who loves an individual with traumatic brain injury (TBI): Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D., works at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Through is research, he has made strides in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of …

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