Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) reduces symptoms of depression in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), new research suggests. A randomized controlled trial conducted by investigators at Lakehead University and St. Joseph’s Care Group in Thunder Bay, Canada, showed that compared with a wait-list control group, the MBCT group experienced a significantly greater reduction in total and somatic depressive symptoms. The findings were presented at EPA 2013: 21st European Congress of Psychiatry. According to study investigator Michel Bédard, PhD, TBI can be a life-changing event: Depression is common, and pharmacologic and other interventions may not relieve depressive symptoms. Previous research conducted by the team “strongly suggested” that mindfulness-based interventions for depression in TBI all showed strong effect sizes, so the “logical next step was to conduct a randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy of MCBT in this patient population.”
When it comes to your health, inflammation is public enemy number one. The more doctors learn about it, the more they realize just how destructive it really is. That’s the bad news. The good news is you can reduce the inflammation inside your body by getting smart about what you eat. No matter what type of health problem you’re facing, chances are, it began with inflammation. This internal irritation causes our whole body to break down. Read full article.
Supplements of omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may improve memory and reaction times for healthy young people, says a new study that could ‘translate into far-reaching benefits’… Read Full Article.
TORONTO – Hockey accounts for almost half of all traumatic brain injuries among Canadian children and teens taking part in team sports, says a study, which also looks at how and why kids are getting hurt. Read full article.
A sad statement about the care of a brain injured patient. Daniel’s mom, Dr. Yvette Priesler, a nutrition-trained physician, has become a good friend as we have worked together to get Daniel proper nutrition and care that has been ridiculously lacking. If an M.D. can’t get proper care for her son, where does that leave other families? Read Patrick Donohue’s op-ed published by FoxNews. Patrick is founder of the The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation. Read full article.
A combination of lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids may boost the pigment in the retina and help people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says new data from Germany. Read full article.
With more than one million athletes now experiencing a concussion each year in the United States, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released an evidence-based guideline for evaluating and managing athletes with concussion. This new guideline replaces the 1997 AAN guideline on the same topic. The new guideline is published in the March 18, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, was developed through an objective evidence-based review of the literature by a multidisciplinary committee of experts and has been endorsed by a broad range of athletic, medical and patient groups. Read full article.
Using MRI, researchers have detected linear hemorrhagic brain lesions suggestive of primary injury to the vasculature early after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), a finding that could have implications for acute treatment. Read full article.
Former NFL All-Pro running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Westbrook, 33, former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau, five-time MLS All-Star Taylor Twellman, former NFL linebacker Jim Nelson, former Green Bay Packers VP Andrew Brandt and other head safety advocates took part in a panel discussion of the “Concussion Conundrum,” Friday at Villanova University. They hope to bring greater awareness to concussions and the lingering effects that ruin the quality of life. Read full article.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—At the American College of Cardiology’s 62nd Annual Scientific Session, researchers presented that in post-cardiac surgery patients, omega-3 fatty acids (PUFA) therapy significantly reduces the risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Read full article.
TUESDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) — Just one concussion can cause long-term structural damage to the brain, according to a new study. Read full article.
A team of academic researchers has pinpointed how vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system’s ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. In a small pilot study published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the scientists identified key genes and signaling networks regulated by vitamin D3 and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that may help control inflammation and improve plaque clearance… Read full article.
As the National Football League continues to face scrutiny and litigation over concussions, new evidence shows that brain injuries may be a problem at the collegiate level too. According to a study published today in PLOS One, college football players who sustain hits to the head may experience long-term brain damage even if they aren’t concussed… Read full article.
Traumatic brain injuries sustained by more than 200,000 U.S. troops may be fueling the military’s suicide crisis, according to a letter co-signed by 53 congressional members who are seeking additional data to investigate the new theory. [Note: Really? This a new theory?] Read full article.
It may not seem surprising that a sport that involves gigantic men slamming into one another goes hand-in-hand with head injury. But in American football, the severity of the life-long consequences has gone under appreciated until recently. And there are other sports that should be concerned. Soccer players who head the ball could be injuring their brains, as well, according to a recent paper in PLoS ONE… Read full article.
As the number of omega-3 sources in the market increases, including fish, krill, squid, algae, and plant, suppliers are increasingly using the omega-3 form to differentiate their products. But where does the science currently stand, which questions remain, and is cost a factor?… Read full article.
In March 2010, high school student Bobby Ghassemi was in a terrible car accident and airlifted to a nearby hospital. He had experienced severe brain trauma and was considered more dead than alive.
Bobby family believes an experimental treatment using high doses of fish oil helped him recover from his traumatic brain injury. His father, Peter Ghassemi, was frustrated at lack of progress and desperate for help. A friend connected him with Dr. Michael Lewis, the Founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute. Here is there story:
(NaturalNews) In March 2010, high school student Bobby Ghassemi was taken out of his crashed vehicle and airlifted to a nearby Virginia hospital more dead than alive with severe brain trauma.
He was so much more dead than alive that the physician who eventually advised the Ghassemi family on using fish oil, Dr. Michael Lewis said, “For all intents and purposes, he was dead on the scene.”