Helmets prevent severe head injuries in bike accidents

SOURCE: Reuters

Despite some criticism of bike helmets for not being protective enough, they do cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by half when riders suffer a head injury, a U.S. study suggests. Riders with helmets were also less likely to die from their injuries, and less likely to break facial bones, than those not wearing a helmet, researchers report in American Journal of Surgery. “It’s similar to wearing a seat belt, said Dr. Jerri Rose, a pediatric emergency physician at Univer

First-of-its-kind study explains why rest is critical after a concussion


Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists say rest—for more than a day—is critical for allowing the brain to reset neural networks and repair any short-term injury. The new study in mice also shows that repeated mild concussions with only a day to recover between injuries leads to mounting damage and brain inflammation that remains evident a year after injury. "It is good news that the brain can recover from a hit if given enough time to rest and recover. But on the flip side,

Partnership formed to commercialize technology restoring movement in paralyzed patients

SOURCE: EurekAlert!

Case Western Reserve University's Institute for Functional Restoration (IFR) and Synapse Biomedical Inc. have entered a partnership to commercialize fully implantable systems that restore muscle function in paralyzed patients. To make the technology accessible more quickly, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has provided $1.05 million in seed money to IFR, a nonprofit designed to make neuroprosthetics developed by Case Western Reserve faculty available to patients not served by traditional medic

3D-Printed Guide Helps Regrow Complex Nerves After Injury

SOURCE: University of Minnesota

A national team of researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. The groundbreaking research has the potential to help more than 200,000 people annually who experience nerve injuries or disease.