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What is the process of recovery and rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury?

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One of the most serious injuries a person can receive is one involving brain trauma .  The brain governs everything, from our behaviour and personality, to our ability to eat, walk and sleep.  An injury to the brain can have long term...

Will a Cycle Helmet Protect Your Head In an Accident?

Malcolm Underhill
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“Cool kids wear lids.”  “Protect your head or end up dead.”  “Keep calm and helmet on.”  These are just some of the catchy slogans associated with promoting cycle helmets.  Those in favour of making...

New Research Changes The Way We Understand Memory

Malcolm Underhill
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Extraordinary new research has been conducted into how memories are made and stored.  The findings, which contradict what scientists have believed for decades about how memories are made, could help doctors treat those suffering from severe brain...

Brain Injury Week 2017 - A New Me

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Action for Brain Injury Week 2017 runs from 8 th – 14 th May, and this year, those living with a brain injury are being put at the heart of the campaign.  Headway,  The Brain Injury Association , has announced that the theme of their...

Could Spinal Paralysis One Day Be Reversed?

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In 2014, surgeons in Poland performed ground-breaking surgery on Darek Fidyka, whose spinal cord was severed in a knife attack.  Surgeons removed some of the cells surrounding the nerves that run from Mr Fidyka’s nose into his brain and...

The Mind Unleashed: What is the Impact of a Brain Injury on Creativity?

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Science has shown that humans are wired to create.  According to Dr. Tina Seelig, Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University, “our brains are built for creative problem solving, and it...

Traumatic Brain Injury In Childhood Can Lead To Early Death

Malcolm Underhill
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(Source: https://blog.soton.ac.uk/comp6044/2010/11/28/psychology-biology-of-behaviour/) Children who receive a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are 72% more likely to die before the age of 41, a new study has shown[1]. Research published in the Public...

Louis Theroux Documentary 'A Different Brain' Touches Hearts

Malcolm Underhill
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Throngs of people took to Twitter on Sunday, 15 th May to express their appreciation for Louis Theroux’s latest documentary on people living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. Fans were not the only ones impressed.  A review...

Throwing the Book at the Printing Industry

Malcolm Underhill
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Printing industry workers reside in illustrious company.  Benjamin Franklin, Orville Wright, Johannes Gutenberg – these great men all had their hand in the printing business. Who would have thought a profession, that continues to produce some of...

Should We Take The Tackle Out Of School Rugby?

Malcolm Underhill
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On 1 st March 2016, 70 health professionals, academics and doctors wrote an open letter to ministers of health, education, and sport, and the chief medical officers and children's commissioners in the four nations of the UK, as well as the Republic of...

Don't ignore minor brain injuries

Malcolm Underhill
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Much has been written about the consequences of high-speed-impact injuries on the brain .  They are more dramatic and, sad to say, can often make for a better media story. An example that comes immediately to mind is the tragedy of...

Cycling and Brain Injury

Malcolm Underhill
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The growth in the popularity of cycling continues, not just as a form of exercise and leisure activity, but also as a form of daily transport. Latest figures show that 8% of the population of Great Britain now cycle three or more times a week, equivalent to...

Henry VIII - Tyrant, or Victim of Traumatic Brain Injury?

Malcolm Underhill
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Henry VIII had two of his wives executed, and his sixth and final wife Katherine Parr came within a whisper of suffering the same fate, thanks to a plot by vindictive Tudor courtiers.  It is well known that Henry’s personality changed...