Hundreds of survivors of domestic violence have come through the doors of neurologist Glynnis Zieman’s Phoenix clinic in the past three years. “The domestic violence patients are the next chapter of brain injury,” she said.Zieman begins every new patient visit with a simple question: “What are the symptoms you hope I can help you with?” For most, it’s the first time anyone has ever asked how they may have been injured in the first place. “I actually heard one patient tell me the only person who ever asked her if someone did this to her was a paramedic, as she was being wheeled into an ambulance,” Zieman said. “And the husband was at the foot of her stretcher.” While many patients initially seek out the clinic because of physical symptoms, such as headaches, exhaustion, dizziness or problems sleeping, Zieman’s research shows that anxiety, depression and PTSD usually end up being the most severe problems, she said. Studies … [Read more...] about Domestic violence’s overlooked damage: concussion and brain injury
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Story highlights A rare double find of medieval neurosurgery and coffin birth was unearthed in an Italian grave The woman was 38 weeks pregnant when she died a week after neurosurgery (CNN)When the brick coffin of a young woman from medieval Italy was opened after its discovery in 2010, two peculiar things stood out to the researchers: There was a perfect hole in the frontal bone of her skull, and between her pelvis and legs, there was a series of smaller bones belonging to a baby. This type of neurosurgery in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the bone, called trepanation, was performed a week before the woman's death during the Lombard period, from the seventh to eighth century, in Lombard, Italy. And although she was 38 weeks pregnant, she never had the chance to bring a baby into the world. Instead, it was a "coffin birth," in which the fetus is posthumously extruded due to the force of gases and decomposition. It is estimated the woman was between 25 and 35 years … [Read more...] about Medieval grave reveals rare ‘coffin birth’ and neurosurgery
Letha Lofton, fire communications supervisor, talks about the dispatch center's communication with hospitals and the process for taking 911 calls at Fire Station 1 on North Casino Boulevard in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Patrick Connolly Las Vegas Review-Journal @PConnPieThe multi-agency coordination center, where representatives from many agencies come together in emergency scenarios, at Fire Station 18 on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Patrick Connolly Las Vegas Review-Journal @PConnPieAssistant Fire Chief Sarah McCrea with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue at Fire Station 1 on North Casino Boulevard in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Patrick Connolly Las Vegas Review-Journal @PConnPieThe 911 dispatch center at Fire Station 1 on North Casino Boulevard in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Patrick Connolly Las Vegas Review-Journal @PConnPieA prompt explains to dispatchers how to talk callers through a medical emergency at Fire Station 1 on North … [Read more...] about UMC’s ‘internal disaster’ alert on Oct. 1 called serious mistake
Hundreds of participants braved the rain Saturday morning to raise awareness about the toll brain injuries can take on survivors and their families.The 11th annual Walk for Recovery at Mission Bay Park helped raise more than $40,000 for the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. Founded in 1983, the nonprofit serves as a resource for survivors of brain trauma, their caregivers and their families, offering hope and support while supplying the best information about advances in medical treatment.The charity estimates that more than 11,000 people are affected by brain injury each year in San Diego County, a figure that includes victims and their families but excludes active-duty military members who also face head trauma in accidents and combat.“Our support meetings are free. All of our resources are free,” said Susan Hansen, the foundation director.She joined the foundation initially as a board member after her husband suffered a brain aneurysm in 1997.Headquartered in Point … [Read more...] about Hundreds walk to raise money and awareness in largest annual gathering of San Diego brain injury survivors
A simple partial seizure takes place on one side of the brain. Usually, people experiencing a simple partial seizure do not lose consciousness or awareness. Simple partial seizures are a seizure type where one side of the brain is initially affected. Sometimes the seizure activity will remain on this side, while other times the seizure activity will spread and become partial complex or secondarily generalized in type. Doctors may also call simple partial seizures "focal aware seizures" or "simple focal seizures." If a person experiences repeated simple partial seizures, a doctor might diagnose them with epilepsy, which is continued seizures. An estimated 2 to 12 percent of all children with epilepsy experience simple partial seizures. A seizure occurs when a person experiences a disturbance in their brain's normal activity. The brain communicates via electric "signals," so when these signals are disrupted, a person can have a seizure. Simple partial seizures occur in people who have an … [Read more...] about What are simple partial seizures?