20 year study: Walking Improves Cognitive Abilities in Aging Women

August 21, 2016

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Research Conclusion Long-term regular physical activity, including walking, is associated with significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline in older women.

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More than 40% of retired NFL players suffer brain damage

August 14, 2016

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A study presented at a recent American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting offers one of the most conclusive pieces of evidence yet of a definitive link between brain injury and playing football.

It shows that “more than 40 percent of retired National Football League players … had signs of traumatic brain injury based on sensitive MRI scans called diffusion tensor imaging.”

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Set of Genes Linked to Stroke and Dementia Identified

August 7, 2016

hemorrhagic-stroke-genetics-publicResearchers have identified a new set of genes that may be responsible for the two most common and disabling neurological conditions, stroke and dementia.

Researchers identified a new gene called FOXF2 which increased the risk of having a stroke due to small vessel disease in the brain.

According to the researchers small vessel disease not only causes stroke but is also a major contributor to dementia risk, and is associated with gait problems and depression.

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Enhancing Sleep After Brain Injury Reduces Brain Damage and Cognitive Decline in Rats

July 31, 2016

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Molecular waste products build up in the brain after head injury. Recent studies indicate the brain clears out this molecular buildup during the slow-wave stage of sleep where brain activity synchronizes into high-amplitude waves.

Researchers found that rats receiving treatments to enhance slow-wave sleep were better able to recognize familiar objects than the untreated rats.

While further study is needed, the work suggests slow-wave sleep administered immediately after a brain injury helps block axon damage and preserve normal brain function.

Very few effective treatments exist to mitigate the persistent impairment in memory and cognitive function. The study provides important evidence that manipulating sleep may be a promising avenue to enhance recovery after TBI.

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Right brain structures may hold clue to language recovery after stroke

July 24, 2016

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Scientists may be able to predict who is more likely to recover from language problems following a stroke by examining structures in the right hemisphere of the brain, according to research published in Neurology. If the left side of the brain is damaged by stroke, aphasia can result.

The study suggests that the right side of the brain reorganizes itself after a stroke to help language/speech-motor functions recover.

It is possible that those who made a better recovery had better structural integrity and more connectivity in those right hemisphere areas of the brain before their strokes.

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Legislation would halt bad military discharges due to PTSD, TBI

July 17, 2016

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Lawmakers want to avoid having troops disgracefully forced from the ranks because of behavior related to post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries, but Pentagon officials may already be on the way to fixing the problem.

A coalition of Republican and Democratic lawmakers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan introduced legislation to ensure that military discharge review boards must consider troops’ mental health issues, and must accept a PTSD or TBI diagnosis from a professional as an acceptable rebuttal to a dismissal.

The move could affect thousands of military discharges each year and open the door for a review of more. Army officials have confirmed that at least 22,000 combat veterans have received less-than-honorable discharges since 2009, many for minor offenses like alcohol use or lateness.

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Brain Injury Recovery Boosted by Longer and More Intense Rehabilitation

July 10, 2016

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Cognitive and functional recovery after a stroke or traumatic injury requires intense rehabilitative therapy to help the brain repair and restructure itself. New findings by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that not only is rehabilitation vital, but that a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation may produce even greater benefit.

In recent years, numerous studies have documented the surprising plasticity or ability of the adult central nervous system to recover from injury. The emerging question has been how to best encourage the repair and regrowth of damaged nerve cells and connections.

Researchers studied rats relearning skills and physical abilities. They found rats that received intensive therapy for an extended period of time showed significant restructuring of the brain around the damage site: Surviving neurons sprouted greater numbers of dendritic spines, which made more connections with other neurons. The result, said researcher Tuszynski, was a dramatic 50 percent recovery of function.

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Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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