Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Virginia Commonwealth University Receives $62 Million to Research Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2013

August 15, 2013

The number of soldiers returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan with serious Traumatic Brain Injuries has prompted the federal government to conduct more research into effective treatment methods.

According to WTKR News, President Barack Obama recently announced that a $62 million grant would go to Virginia Commonwealth University to study the effects of brain injuries among soldiers. More specifically, the researchers will look into brain damage caused by combat-related head injuries. The team will also examine who is most likely to be affected by such injuries, the long-term ramifications of such an injury, and what treatment options are most effective.

The team’s research will last for more than five years, with the first data being reported within six months.

The research could not have come at a better time, considering as many as 400,000 soldiers have reported suffering traumatic brain injuries during tours of duty. These injuries can lead to changes in behavior, trouble sleeping, and in many cases, an increased risk of suicide or violent behavior.

The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognize the devastating effects brain injuries can have on victims and their families. The firm is hopeful the research being conducted will be effective in helping advance knowledge about these invisible, yet extremely serious, injuries.

Study Shows Effects of Repeat Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | January 11th, 2013

Jan. 10, 2013

An article from Medical Xpress reports that multiple repeat traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) within a specific amount of time may result in degeneration of the brain. John T. Povlishock, PhD, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Neurotrauma and a Professor at the VCU Neuroscience Center, Medical College of Virginia stated that recent studies involving animal testing show that Traumatic Brain Injuries that occur before a previous TBI is completely healed can lead to problems with the structure, function, and response of the brain.

The study specifically examined glucose metabolism rates in the brains of rats at different times following a TBI. Researchers were able to conclude that metabolism rates were at their lowest one day following a TBI compared to the highest rates of metabolism, which occurred five days after sustaining a TBI.

An inability to metabolize nutrients can have serious effects on the brain, considering a link was recently established between repeat TBIs suffered by a former professional football player and his apparent suicide last May. Doctors stated the man suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) brought on by repeated blows to the head from playing football. The disease can cause dramatic changes in behavior and thinking, memory problems, and violent mood swings.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm know the serious dangers that a brain injury can pose to a victim and may be able to help you if you have suffered a Roanoke Brain Injury through no fault of your own.