NTL Issue 1

International Brain Injury Association

World Congress to be held in Jerusalem

Dr. Nathan Zasler, Chairman of IBIA, has announced that the Seventh World Congress on Brain Injury will be held in Jerusalem, in June, 2007. This marks the first time the Congress will take place in the Middle East.


Evidence-Based Guidelines for Cognitive Rehabilitation: A European Perspective

The first published (case) studies of cognitive rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury appeared 28 years ago. In the ensuing decade, the clinical practice of cognitive rehabilitation has expanded and became a common component of neurological rehabilitation, despite the perception that the effectiveness of this form of intervention remains unproven. The empirical basis for cognitive rehabilitation has continued to grow, allowing for multiple attempts to synthesize and evaluate this literature through “evidence-based” reviews, particularly within the past five years. [full story]


Low Level Neurological States Following Traumatic Brain Injury

There is much that remains unknown about assessment and management of severe brain injury. This brief primer will attempt to examine a few critical topics as related to the terminology, evaluation and management in persons of low level neurological states (LLNSs) following acquired brain injury and in particular traumatic brain injury (TBI). [full story]


ASK THE DOCTOR

Dear Dr. Zasler, please share your thoughts on fatigue after brain injury.
Dr. Antonio Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez, thanks for your interesting question. Fatigue is a common, yet in my opinion, poorly understood phenomena following acquired brain injury and, in particular, traumatic brain injury. Fatigue complaints are quite common across the spectrum of injury severity, that is, from mild injuries involving concussion to the most severe injuries, even in the presence of relatively good neurologic recovery in the latter group. [full story]


Failure to Recognize Neurobehavioral Disorders: The Gateway to "The Primrose Path"

There is a growing need for clinicians, in a variety of disciplines, to have as strong a background in long-term outcome in head injury as they do for post-acute symptomologies. Of particular concern are the long term outcomes of brain injured patients in terms of their development of psychiatric symptomatology, and highlights the plight of this sector of brain injured survivors as constituting a public health problem of considerable proportions (Pomsford, 2005 ). [full story]


PRODUCT REVIEW

U-Step: A Crucial Step in Rehabilitation

For patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries, walkers are often not stable enough.  In addition, most walkers are made of aluminum, which can fracture, and the bolts that secure the walker frame tend to loosen, which compromises the integrity of the frame.  The U-Step Walking Stabilizer, an advanced walking aid named for its strategically-designed U-shaped frame, is made of light-gauge steel tubing.  The tubing is strong, light, and durable, and its parts are welded together.  This gives the U-Step's frame outstanding integrity and a very solid feel. [full story]


Join the IBIA Listserv

In an effort to provide global communication among members, IBIA has created a brain injury Listserv.  To sign up for the Listserv, click here. Please note that membership in IBIA is required to join the Listserv.

  

BOOK REVIEW

Writing and Defending Your Expert Report:The Step-by-Step Guide with Models

Steven Babitsky, Esq. and James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq., SEAK Inc., Legal and Medical Information Systems

This is a publication that will mainly be of interest to clinicians involved medicolegal and forensic testimony.  The text is co-authored by two lawyers who have been visible over the last two years in producing various publications for experts involved in the forensic/IME arena. The book is divided into 16 chapters with two appendices.  The book is hardbound, 404 pages including the index and retails for $99.95.  [full story]

AFFILIATE NEWS

European Brain Injury Society Update

The European Brain Injury Society (EBIS) is a European association dedicated to activities for traumatic brain injured persons and other victims of acquired cerebral lesions: stroke (young people), anoxia, encephalitis, brain tumour, etc.  EBIS brings together the many professionals involved in the field and the associations of people with a head injury and their families. EBIS works on many fronts including: [full story]

The NeuroTrauma Letter is produced quarterly by the International Brain Injury Association.  Please address editorial questions to 
nzasler@cccv-ltd.com

Editor in Chief 
Nathan D. Zasler, M.D.

Editorial Board 
Michael Barnes, M.D. 
Lucia Braga, Ph.D. 
Christine Croisiaux, M.D. 
Jose Leon-Carrion, Ph.D. 
Donald Stein, Ph.D.

Join IBIA

Founded in 1993, IBIA was created in response to the growing demand from professionals and advocates throughout the world for collaboration and more information on all aspects of brain injury, from prevention to long-term care issues.  Benefits of membership include an annual subscription to the journal Brain Injury as well as quarterly issues of this publication, theInternational NeuroTrauma Letter. To receive a membership form,click here (pdf).

AFFILIATE NEWS

North American Brain Injury Society Update

In May 2003, at the International Brain Injury Association’s (IBIA) World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, many attendees commented on the lack of a North American organization specifically dedicated to professionals working in the field of brain injury.  After returning from Sweden, and with the expressed comments and wishes in mind, we established the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) in affiliation with IBIA.  [full story]

Click here view upcoming brain injury conferences and events.