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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906870/effectiveness-of-low-molecular-weight-heparin-versus-unfractionated-heparin-to-prevent-pulmonary-embolism-following-major-trauma-a-propensity-matched-analysis
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James P Byrne, William Geerts, Stephanie A Mason, David Gomez, Christopher Hoeft, Ryan Murphy, Melanie Neal, Avery B Nathens
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of delayed mortality in patients with severe injury. While low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is often favored over unfractionated heparin (UH) for thromboprophylaxis, evidence is lacking to demonstrate an effect on the occurrence of PE. This study compared the effectiveness of LMWH versus UH to prevent PE in patients following major trauma. METHODS: Data for adults with severe injury who received thromboprophylaxis with LMWH or UH were derived from the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (2012-2015)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903839/the-effect-of-brain-tomography-findings-on-mortality-in-sniper-shot-head-injuries
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Çağdaş Can, M Bolatkale, A Sarıhan, Y Savran, A Ç Acara, M Bulut
OBJECTIVES: Penetrating gunshot head injuries have a poor prognosis and require prompt care. Brain CT is a routine component of the standard evaluation of head wounds and suspected brain injury. We aimed to investigate the effect of brain CT findings on mortality in gunshot head injury patients who were admitted to our emergency department (ED) from the Syrian Civil War. METHODS: The study group comprised patients who were admitted to the ED with gunshot brain injury...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881496/penetrating-intracranial-injury-caused-by-an-unusual-home-made-iron-pyrotechnic-device
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Slobodan Nikolić, Vladimir Živković
Herein, a potentially dangerous explosive home-made device used for fun and entertainment is described. It consists of two iron parts connected with a U-shaped thick wire: a wedge about 8 cm in length, which fits into a hollow cylinder, filled with a small amount of nitre (the mineral form of potassium nitrate). Striking the device onto a hard surface creates a spark inside it, which burns the nitre, producing a very loud bang. We are in possession of such device in our forensic museum collection. We present a case from 1937 related to the use of this explosive home-made device...
November 23, 2016: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872763/effects-of-microtubule-stabilization-by-epothilone-b-depend-on-the-type-and-age-of-neurons
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Eun-Hae Jang, Aeri Sim, Sun-Kyoung Im, Eun-Mi Hur
Several studies have demonstrated the therapeutic potential of applying microtubule- (MT-) stabilizing agents (MSAs) that cross the blood-brain barrier to promote axon regeneration and prevent axonal dystrophy in rodent models of spinal cord injury and neurodegenerative diseases. Paradoxically, administration of MSAs, which have been widely prescribed to treat malignancies, is well known to cause debilitating peripheral neuropathy and axon degeneration. Despite the growing interest of applying MSAs to treat the injured or degenerating central nervous system (CNS), consequences of MSA exposure to neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system (PNS) have not been thoroughly investigated...
2016: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866326/the-neuroprotective-peptide-poly-arginine-12-r12-reduces-cell-surface-levels-of-nmda-nr2b-receptor-subunit-in-cortical-neurons-investigation-into-the-involvement-of-endocytic-mechanisms
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Gabriella MacDougall, Ryan S Anderton, Adam B Edwards, Neville W Knuckey, Bruno P Meloni
We have previously reported that cationic poly-arginine and arginine-rich cell-penetrating peptides display high-level neuroprotection and reduce calcium influx following in vitro excitotoxicity, as well as reduce brain injury in animal stroke models. Using the neuroprotective peptides poly-arginine R12 (R12) and the NR2B9c peptide fused to the arginine-rich carrier peptide TAT (TAT-NR2B9c; also known as NA-1), we investigated the mechanisms whereby poly-arginine and arginine-rich peptides reduce glutamate-induced excitotoxic calcium influx...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853132/traumatic-brain-injuries
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Kaj Blennow, David L Brody, Patrick M Kochanek, Harvey Levin, Ann McKee, Gerard M Ribbers, Kristine Yaffe, Henrik Zetterberg
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are clinically grouped by severity: mild, moderate and severe. Mild TBI (the least severe form) is synonymous with concussion and is typically caused by blunt non-penetrating head trauma. The trauma causes stretching and tearing of axons, which leads to diffuse axonal injury - the best-studied pathogenetic mechanism of this disorder. However, mild TBI is defined on clinical grounds and no well-validated imaging or fluid biomarkers to determine the presence of neuronal damage in patients with mild TBI is available...
November 17, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836236/optimising-ballistic-facial-coverage-from-military-fragmenting-munitions-a-consensus-statement
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J Breeze, D C Tong, D Powers, N A Martin, A M Monaghan, D Evriviades, J Combes, G Lawton, C Taylor, A Kay, J Baden, B Reed, N MacKenzie, A J Gibbons, S Heppell, R F Rickard
VIRTUS is the first United Kingdom (UK) military personal armour system to provide components that are capable of protecting the whole face from low velocity ballistic projectiles. Protection is modular, using a helmet worn with ballistic eyewear, a visor, and a mandibular guard. When all four components are worn together the face is completely covered, but the heat, discomfort, and weight may not be optimal in all types of combat. We organized a Delphi consensus group analysis with 29 military consultant surgeons from the UK, United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to identify a potential hierarchy of functional facial units in order of importance that require protection...
November 8, 2016: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829572/magnesium-in-the-cns-recent-advances-and-developments
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Robert Vink
A potential neuroprotective role for magnesium in neurological disease has been appreciated for almost three decades, yet translation to the clinical arena has proven elusive. Accumulating experimental evidence continues to suggest that magnesium plays a critical role in a number of neurological conditions including headache, stress, alcohol/drug intoxication, acute brain injury, seizures, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Simple administration of a magnesium salt in these conditions has not always been therapeutically successful, with a number of studies showing poor penetration of serum magnesium across the blood brain barrier...
March 1, 2016: Magnesium Research: Official Organ of the International Society for the Development of Research on Magnesium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826423/hydrogen-therapy-from-mechanism-to-cerebral-diseases
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Cheng-Lin Liu, Kai Zhang, Gang Chen
The medicinal value of hydrogen (H2) was ignored prior to research illustrating that inhalation of 2% H2 can significantly decrease the damage of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion caused by oxidative stress via selective elimination of hydroxyl freebase (OH) and peroxynitrite anion (ONOO-). Subsequently, there have been numerous experiments on H2. Most research and trials involving the mechanisms underlying H2 therapy show the effects of antioxygenation, anti-inflammation, and anti-apoptosis. Among quantities of diseases related with H2 therapy, the brain disease is a hotspot as brain tissue and cell damage are easier to be induced by oxidative stress and other stimulations...
March 2016: Medical Gas Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826038/title-expression-of-glial-cbp-in-steroid-mediated-neuroprotection-in-male-and-female-zebra-finches
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Molly Klores, John T Moon, Kelli A Duncan
Under neurodegenerative conditions, reactive astrocytes upregulate both aromatase (estrogen synthase) as well as estrogen and androgen receptors. This increased steroidogenic signal promotes neuroprotection and repair by promoting neurogenesis and decreasing cell death, but also by modulating the release of inflammatory molecules. Thus, endocrine - immune cross-talk is an essential component of estrogen mediated neuroprotection following brain injury. However, the exact mechanisms underlying this cross-talk remains unknown...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805998/big-children-or-little-adults-a-statewide-analysis-of-adolescent-isolated-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-outcomes-at-pediatric-versus-adult-trauma-centers
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Brian W Gross, Mathew M Edavettal, Alan D Cook, Cole D Rinehart, Caitlin A Lynch, Eric H Bradburn, Daniel Wu
BACKGROUND: The appropriate managing center for adolescent trauma patients is debated. We sought to determine whether outcome differences existed for adolescent severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) patients treated at pediatric versus adult trauma centers. We hypothesized that no difference in mortality, functional status at discharge (FSD) or overall complication rate would be observed between center types. METHODS: All adolescent trauma patients (aged 15-17 years) presenting with isolated sTBI (head Abbreviated Injury Scale [AIS] score ≥3; all other AIS body region scores ≤2) to accredited level I-II trauma centers in Pennsylvania from 2003-2015 were extracted from the Pennsylvania Trauma Outcome Study database...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794484/prospective-tracking-and-analysis-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-veterans-and-military-personnel
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Nytzia E Licona, Joyce S Chung, John Poole, Rose M Salerno, Nancy Laurenson, Odette A Harris
OBJECTIVE: Describe the ongoing Clinical Tracking Form (CTF) study of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). DESIGN: Prospective longitudinal study. Data at baseline and post-injury are collected on participants through interview and questionnaire, review of medical records and periodic follow-ups throughout their lifetime. SETTING: A regional DVBIC site located at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. PARTICIPANTS: 211 participants (age range, 18-75y) were enrolled between 2005 and 2012 at a regional DVBIC site...
October 26, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784772/predicting-survival-after-acute-civilian-penetrating-brain-injuries-the-spin-score
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Susanne Muehlschlegel, Didem Ayturk, Aditi Ahlawat, Saef Izzy, Thomas M Scalea, Deborah M Stein, Timothy Emhoff, Kevin N Sheth
OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors associated with survival in civilian penetrating traumatic brain injury (pTBI) utilizing a contemporary, large, diverse 2-center cohort, and to develop a parsimonious survival prediction score for pTBI. METHODS: Our cohort comprised 413 pTBI patients retrospectively identified from the local trauma registries at 2 US level 1 trauma centers, of which one was predominantly urban and the other predominantly rural. Predictors of in-hospital and 6-month survival identified in univariate and multivariable logistic regression were used to develop the simple Surviving Penetrating Injury to the Brain (SPIN) score...
November 22, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769189/the-collateral-circulation-determines-cortical-infarct-volume-in-anterior-circulation-ischemic-stroke
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Estelle Seyman, Hilla Shaim, Shani Shenhar-Tsarfaty, Tali Jonash-Kimchi, Natan M Bornstein, Hen Hallevi
BACKGROUND: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is a common neurological event that causes varying degrees of disability. AIS outcome varies considerably, from complete recovery to complete loss of tissue and function. This diversity is partly explained by the compensatory ability of the collateral circulation and the ensuing cerebral flow grade. The collateral flow to the anterior circulation largely supplies the cortical areas. The deep brain tissue is supplied by penetrating arteries and has little or no collateral supply...
October 21, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769083/neurochemical-changes-following-combined-hypoxemia-and-hemorrhagic-shock-in-a-rat-model-of-penetrating-ballistic-like-brain-injury-a-microdialysis-study
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Lai Yee Leung, Ying Deng-Bryant, Katherine Cardiff, Megan Winter, Frank Tortella, Deborah Shear
BACKGROUND: Energy metabolic dysfunction is a key determinant of cellular damage following traumatic brain injury and may be worsened by additional insults. This study evaluated the acute/subacute effects of combined hypoxemia (HX) and hemorrhagic shock (HS) on cerebral interstitial levels of glucose, lactate, and pyruvate in a rat model of penetrating ballistic-like brain injury (PBBI). METHODS: Rats were randomly assigned into the sham control, PBBI, and combined injury (P + HH) groups...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752476/shining-light-on-the-head-photobiomodulation-for-brain-disorders
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Michael R Hamblin
Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. One of the organ systems of the human body that is most necessary to life, and whose optimum functioning is most worried about by humankind in general, is the brain. The brain suffers from many different disorders that can be classified into three broad groupings: traumatic events (stroke, traumatic brain injury, and global ischemia), degenerative diseases (dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), and psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder)...
December 2016: BBA Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747757/urban-rural-disparities-in-oregon-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury
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Megan J Leonhard, Dagan A Wright, Rongwei Fu, David P Lehrfeld, Kathleen F Carlson
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) greatly contributes to morbidity and mortality in the pediatric population. We examined potential urban/rural disparities in mortality amongst Oregon pediatric patients with TBI treated in trauma hospitals. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of children ages 0-19 using the Oregon Trauma Registry for years 2009-2012. Geographic location of injury was classified using the National Center for Health Statistics Urban/Rural Classification Scheme...
December 2015: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720184/geriatric-assault-victims-treated-at-u-s-trauma-centers-five-year-analysis-of-the-national-trauma-data-bank
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Tony Rosen, Sunday Clark, Elizabeth M Bloemen, Mary R Mulcare, Michael E Stern, Jeffrey E Hall, Neal E Flomenbaum, Mark S Lachs, Soumitra R Eachempati
INTRODUCTION: While geriatric trauma patients have begun to receive increased attention, little research has investigated assault-related injuries among older adults. Our goal was to describe characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of geriatric assault victims and compare them both to geriatric victims of accidental injury and younger assault victims. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of the 2008-2012 National Trauma Data Bank. We identified cases of assault-related injury admitted to trauma centers in patients aged ≥60 using the variable "intent of injury...
December 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692683/the-effect-of-combined-out-of-hospital-hypotension-and-hypoxia-on-mortality-in-major-traumatic-brain-injury
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Daniel W Spaite, Chengcheng Hu, Bentley J Bobrow, Vatsal Chikani, Bruce Barnhart, Joshua B Gaither, Kurt R Denninghoff, P David Adelson, Samuel M Keim, Chad Viscusi, Terry Mullins, Duane Sherrill
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Survival is significantly reduced by either hypotension or hypoxia during the out-of-hospital management of major traumatic brain injury. However, only a handful of small studies have investigated the influence of the combination of both hypotension and hypoxia occurring together. In patients with major traumatic brain injury, we evaluate the associations between mortality and out-of-hospital hypotension and hypoxia separately and in combination. METHODS: All moderate or severe traumatic brain injury cases in the preimplementation cohort of the Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care study (a statewide, before/after, controlled study of the effect of implementing the out-of-hospital traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines) from January 1, 2007, to March 31, 2014, were evaluated (exclusions: <10 years, out-of-hospital oxygen saturation ≤10%, and out-of-hospital systolic blood pressure <40 or >200 mm Hg)...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27667777/networks-underlying-trait-impulsivity-evidence-from-voxel-based-lesion-symptom-mapping
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Valerie McDonald, Katherina K Hauner, Aileen Chau, Frank Krueger, Jordan Grafman
Impulsivity is considered a multidimensional construct that encompasses a range of behaviors, including poor impulse control, premature decision-making, and the inability to delay gratification. In order to determine the extent to which impulsivity and its components share a common network, a voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping (VLSM) analysis was performed in a large sample of patients (N = 131) with focal, penetrating traumatic brain injuries (pTBI). Impulsivity was assessed using the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11), a standard self-report measure that allows for unique estimates of global impulsivity and its factor analysis-derived components (e...
September 26, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
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