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Report: Lithium may be treatment for traumatic brain injury

The Food and Drug Administration approved lithium salts to treat depression and mania. In fact, it was the first drug approved to do so. Now, according to a new study by Rutgers University, lithium may help prevent nerve cells from dying and preserve brain function in people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Boston Veteran Administration benefits office unacceptable errors

During a 2015 inspection of the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Boston, one in six traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases were assessed the wrong degree of disability. This is in spite of a warning some four years ago that there needed to more safeguards and oversight.

Could this shocking new treatment help brain injury victims?

Brain injury victims often suffer from memory loss, but a new and "shocking" cure could help people with brain injuries overcome some of the worst aspects of losing their memory. A recent paper, published in the medical journal, Current Biology, illuminates the promise of a new medical treatment. Recently, using mild electrical pulses, physicians have improved the memories of people suffering from brain injury and dementia.

Traumatic brain injuries and mental helath problems in women

Each year, about 1.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the military, blast injuries are common. Of the soldiers who are injured, between 15 and 30 percent will develop neurophychiatric disorders later on that can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. While men are more likely to suffer from a TBI, women have a higher risk of developing a disorder related to their mental health, according to a recent study presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Reuters poll: Parents will allow children to play football

The link between concussions and the National Football League was finally admitted by the professional football league. The NFL presented data last week that showed an 11 percent decrease in the number of concussions in the league compared to last year.

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