Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage

Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage

Date:
July 16, 2014
Source:
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
Summary:
Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems, according to a study. Compared to people with no brain injury, those with injuries had brain damage in brain white matter consisting of disruption to nerve axons, those parts of nerve cells that make up white matter and that allow brain cells to transmit messages to each other, a study shows.

Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems, according to a study published in the July 16, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Brain tumor causes, risk factors elude scientists

Brain tumor causes, risk factors elude scientists

Date:
July 25, 2014
Source:
Case Western Reserve University
Summary:
Today, nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor, and yet, when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers. “Unlike the strong correlation between smoking and lung cancer, we just haven’t found a specific risk factor like that for brain tumors,” said a researcher. “We have determined that ionizing radiation to the head is a risk factor when received in therapeutic doses, but even in those cases, the risk of developing a brain tumor is low.”

Today, nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor, and yet, when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers.

Novel technologies advance brain surgery to benefit patients

Novel technologies advance brain surgery to benefit patients

Date:
July 24, 2014
Source:
University of California, San Diego Health Sciences
Summary:
In a milestone procedure, neurosurgeons have integrated advanced 3-D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated tumors. “These minimally invasive approaches permit smaller incisions and a shorter recovery. In this case, the patient was able to go home the day after the successful removal of multiple brain tumors,” said one expert.