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Why Brain Injury Rehabilitation Is Important in Recovering From a Brain Injury

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Brain injury rehabilitation could help minimise the long-term impact of brain injury by teaching the brain to work in alternative ways. Simon Pimlott, brain injury lawyer , speaks to Andrew Pemberton, MD of Cardinal Managment . For advice...

Brain Injury Support and Rehabilitation: An Interview With Andrew Pemberton

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Simon Pimlott , personal injury lawyer at IBB Claims, speaks to   Andrew Pemberton , Managing Director of Cardinal Management, and board member of the UK Council for Rehabilitation.  Andrew and Simon, discuss the implications and...

Update: Epilepsy Drug now banned during pregnancy

Malcolm Underhill
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In January 2018, we wrote about the epilepsy drug, sodium valproate , which had been linked to 20,000 cases of catastrophic disabilities in children in the UK.  At the time, MP Norman Lamb referred to the situation as an “extraordinary...

The Future Of Artifical Intelligence As A Tool To Help Brain Injury Victims

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It is no exaggeration to say we currently stand on the cusp of a new wave of innovations that will totally transform how humans live.  At present, we are very much finding our feet, and imagining the potential applications for technologies such as...

Epilepsy Drug Sodium Valproate And Birth Defects - A Devastating Scandal

Malcolm Underhill
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Sodium Valproate, also known as Epilim, Episenta, Epival, and Convulex (as valproic acid), has been linked to catastrophic disabilities in around 20,000 children in the UK. MP Norman Lamb has called the situation an “extraordinary scandal”[1]. ...

Could Modern Medicine Have Saved Abraham Lincoln?

Malcolm Underhill
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Abraham Lincoln was the first US President to be assassinated, drawing his last breath at 7.20 am, on 15 th April 1865.  He died from a traumatic brain injury caused by a bullet, shot from almost point blank range as he watched a performance of Our...

When Childbirth Goes Tragically Wrong

Malcolm Underhill
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There are few women who do not fear childbirth, after all, less than 200 years ago giving birth constituted a major threat to a woman’s life.  Childbirth, however, remains highly dangerous for women in developing countries [1] .  Thanks to...

Time to stop burying head in the sand over chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Malcolm Underhill
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease, found in athletes, military veterans and others exposed to repetitive brain trauma.  Previously known as “punch drunk syndrome” and linked only to...

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...

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...

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...

Keeping Our Children Safe On The Road

Malcolm Underhill
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Road Safety Week commences this week.  Organised every year by Brake (the leading UK road safety charity), this is the UK’s biggest road safety event, supported by thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year. IBB...

Government Announces New Birth Injuries Compensation Scheme

Malcolm Underhill
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Families of children who have suffered birth injuries may find claiming compensation easier under a new scheme announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The new Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme, which is out for consultation, would investigate...

Child birth and injury to mother and baby: Is compensation available?

Malcolm Underhill
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Most expectant mothers fear labour to some degree.  Thanks to advances in maternity healthcare over the last 100 or so years, in most cases, both mother and child emerge from childbirth relatively unscathed.  Some women require a little more...

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...

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...

A Life Damaged Before It Begins

Malcolm Underhill
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The Long Lasting Effects Of Birth Injuries Childbirth has always been a risky business for both mother and baby.  In 15 th  century Florence, upper-class woman would make their Will as soon as they found out they were pregnant because...

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...

£6m payout to brain damaged 10-year-old

Malcolm Underhill
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A 10-year-old boy has been awarded £6 million in compensation after NHS staff failed to spot that he was suffering from dangerously low blood sugar levels. His mother said the brain damage that her son suffered was the result of “poor...

Brain damaged man awarded £4m

Malcolm Underhill
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Jack Mitchell, 23-years-old, has been awarded a £4.3m care and support package following a car crash in 2009 that left him with severe brain damage. At the time of the accident Mr Mitchell was studying to become an electrician and was working part-time...