Archive for January 2011

Brain Injury and the Media by Esther Curtis

January 27, 2011

As is the case with many now famous diseases, brain injury was largely ignored by the media until someone really big and famous got hurt.

Brain injury seems to have finally taken root with notable media groups (NPR, CNN, ABC) since American soldiers began coming home from war with blast injuries, unable to return to their previous lives without significant difficulty.

Then the focus changed to concussions in football and other sports. Legislation got passed, and people are finally thinking about (or I hope they are thinking about) the injuries that players get paid millions to sustain.

But now, Gabrielle Giffords has joined the ranks of brain injury survivors. After surviving a gun blast to the head, she is now receiving the best possible medical treatment available. And her doctors are hopeful, but you’ll notice they aren’t doling out promises of a quick and easy recovery.

After all of this, I’m left wondering… what if the media put as much effort into reporting the overwhelming statistics of brain injury? What if the media focused on preventing injuries and diseases before they happened?

Nonprofits struggle with publicity for a multitude of reasons, partly because prevention isn’t an exciting, gory, sensational subject that the news media is dying to cover. Sometimes they try, but inevitably, a bloodier, more interesting story will remain in the featured spotlight. In their defense, news media is competitive, and their content is dictated by what other news stations are covering.

But what if, for just one day a year, news media outlets focused just on injury and disease prevention? How many millions of lives would be changed?

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Assistive Technology by Nancy Bartuska

January 23, 2011

If you or someone you know could benefit from assistive technology, have you checked out your state Assistive Technology Resource Center? If you are not sure whether or not you state has demo/ and reuse programs for assistive devices you can check the national public website on assistive technology at: http://assistivetech.net/

Assistive technology is simply stated as: devices and aids which can help a person with a disability perform activities that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to perform.

For Delaware residents a helpful source for the disabled is: DATI: the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative: http://www.dati.org/index.html

Check out their equipment demo/and loan programs to try a variety of low to high tech devices. Low tech. devices may include items such as: weighted pens, button hooks, reachers, and specialty kitchen items (nailed paring boards, box top openers, or pot stabilizers). High tech. devices may include: computer access devices, special track balls/ keyguards or specialty software to make computer use easier. The Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative keeps current with the latest trends in technology and even offers modern Notebooks and the iPad for demo. The website also offers tips on funding and state providers of assistive tech. devices.

5 Daily Brain Exercises From Tim Walker

January 19, 2011

I know many of you use this as a resource so here is an interesting Article to exercise your brain

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/01/18/daily-brain-exercises/?test=faces

Concussions & Football: An Unhealthy Relationship By Esther Curtis

January 18, 2011

My husband is a die-hard football fan and spends most Sundays (and Mondays nights as well) yelling at the TV. While he’s getting excited, I’m squirming in discomfort. I just can’t watch these guys smashing into each other anymore. I know some hits are illegal, but penalties don’t correct debilitating concussions.

Football is by its nature a very violent game. Although we cheer on our favorite players, it’s doubtful that any of us would actually volunteer to take their places – even with NFL “regulations” – because it would be terrifying and potentially deadly. Watching some of the larger players collide, I wonder how they survive the impact in the first place.

In my opinion, the word “concussion” has been too comfortably associated with football for too many years. To most, concussions are an acceptable risk for people who play football for a living. It’s generally more acceptable than, for example, black lung in coal miners or back injuries in construction workers. I don’t think we should be quite so comfortable with the concussion/football relationship.
Check out this link to an article on Popular Mechanics about Football Physics. I doubt you’ll look at the players the same way.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/physics/4212171

 

Concussions damage the brain, the most complex and fragile organ in our body. The brain has its own defenses, but it’s not meant to withstand 140 G’s – the force of an extreme football hit. Some tackles equal 1,600 pounds of pressure – enough weight to crush a human skull several times over. Even with a helmet on, players are sustaining compound damage with every hit. Eventually, that damage will catch up with them.

 

With this newly critical eye, I don’t see quarterbacks and linebackers, and defensive tackles; I see a group of people destroying their bodies for the sake of a game. I can’t enjoy this “great American pastime” any longer.

TBI The Silent Epidemic by Tim Walker

January 18, 2011

The World does not know about Brain Injury. Hope this enlightens people out there to the plight of Brain Injury in the USA. Please turn down the music unless you want to hear Funeral type music