TBI by the Numbers

A number of different events can result in a TBI or traumatic brain injury such as a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in this type of injury. The severity of TBI may … Continue reading

How Do Doctors Visualize a TIA?

Approximately 200,000 to 500,000 Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) or mini strokes occur annually in the United States. Symptoms are not specific and continue be challenging for physicians to diagnose, as a result the estimated group affected varies broadly. The imaging technique of choice for physicians making a diagnosis is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and when this is not available, they use computed tomography (CT) scan. Unfortunately, neither scanning machine is guaranteed to detect evidence of a block in the blood flow within the brain.

Exactly What is a Seizure?

A seizure (or convulsion) is the collection of physical findings or changes in one’s behavior that occur after the brain has experienced an episode of abnormal electrical activity.  Most seizures last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and do not result in permanent injury.  In some cases, however a seizure may last longer than 5 … Continue reading

Are you an ePatient?

The session quickly evolved into a lively discussion and good-natured debate on what it means to be an ePatient and how physician-patient communication can be improved. This all raised the very obvious question in my head, “Exactly, what is an ePatient?”

Why does the herd have immunity?

Tech Term Tuesday.  When a significant proportion of a community (or herd) is immune to a contagious disease through prior illness or immunization, the remaining members of that community (such as newborns, the chronically ill, the elderly and those otherwise not immunized) also receive some level of protection. This is because the likelihood of coming … Continue reading

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