Brain Injury, Depression & Microglia

Brain injury

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) estimates that 14.8 American adults are affected by a major depressive disorder in any given year; that’s about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population of individuals over the age of 18. Despite the overwhelming statistics, depression is a complicated disease. It affects individuals of all ages and can occur at any time and for any reason; depression is much more than just “being sad.” A recent study suggests that depression may occur when the microglia in the brain changes. The best way to describe microglia is simply as the “brain’s immune cells”. Microglia makes up 10% of all cells within the brain and …

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Preventing Brain Injuries During Winter Activities


Whether you like to snowshoe after a big snowstorm, play a casual game of ice hockey, or hit the slopes on the weekends, winter activities are abundant and are a great way to ward off “cabin fever” during the seemingly long winter months. However, as with any physical activity there is a risk of receiving a brain injury, particularly with ice and snow creating hazardous conditions. Although the danger of a head injury is real and can happen at any time, there’s no reason not to go out and enjoy the snowy season; just exercise caution. Brain Injuries Aren’t Just Sport-Related Injuries   The media is filled with news of …

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TBI Resource Roundup


We were recently contacted with a request through our TBI Awareness Facebook page, to guest post a round-up of Traumatic Brain Injury resources. We loved this request and gladly accepted. A traumatic brain injury is life-changing, debilitating, scary, and often times not understood. However, through it all, we’ve learned that the community that surrounds traumatic brain injury is one of inclusion, support and most importantly hope. The following are resources that our team has found or been introduced to since the beginning of our journey in 2012. We highly recommend that you check these out if you are looking for inspiration, hope, data, friends, understanding or anything else TBI-related. TBI …

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Brain Injury: Healing through Keeping Active


It has long been the thinking of medical professionals that rest is best for patients suffering from brain injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, after mild traumatic brain injury, patients should avoid physical or cognitive activities until the symptoms resolve. Recent research, however, has shown that patients with brain injuries may improve more quickly if they get up and move around. As reported in an article on NPR News, nurses at Cleveland Clinic Neurointensive Care Unit conducted a study over the course of year involving 600 patients with brain injuries. The nurses got half of those patients up and moving around as soon as possible – some on their first …

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Apps that Can Help in the Brain Injury Recovery Process


A brain injury often leaves the victim with some level of cognitive impairment. Memory problems are common; disturbances in the ability to focus attention, communicate, and manage daily life can leave a person unable to function normally without help. New apps are being created to assist these patients in keeping track of daily life tasks, as well as repair memory functions. One of the most recent apps to be developed was created by a team of homeschool students from Mt. Washington, Kentucky. The young people in the winning team ranged in age from 12 to 15, as reported in the Courier-Journal. The award-winning app gives users a series of games …

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The Severe Risk of Sports-Related Brain Injuries


The Consequences of Head Injuries in Sports Certain sports leave players very vulnerable to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). These are defined as “a blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain,” and are very common particularly in football, boxing and cycling. In 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated there to have occurred 446,788 sports-related brain injuries in the US, which represented an increase from the year before. The real numbers may be even higher, since many people unfortunately do not go to the hospital following a head injury. Surprisingly, cycling is responsible for the highest proportion of sports-related …

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Yoga and its Potential Benefits for Brain Injury


Everyone knows yoga reduces stress, improves sleep and boosts immunity – but what those recovering from a brain injury? Can it help them too? According to, 2.7 million people suffer from brain injuries every year. And if the injury is not debilitating enough, the involved in rehabilitation can be. Yoga has long been a source of therapy for depression, back pain, sciatica and now brain injury. Brain injuries leave most with decreased mobility, rigid muscles, and trouble with balance. The effects of a traumatic brain injury do not end there. Beyond the physical limitations, there are also emotional and mental challenges that are associated with brain injuries. These hurdles …

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month


5.3 million people in the USA are living with some level of brain injury, and 2.5 people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. These individuals want the same things we all do – a productive life, affection, and to enjoy life. Many people that have diminished cognitive function struggle to reintegrate into the community, and are left feeling isolated and alone. Even close friends may disappear. The injured person may be aware of his or her impairments, and is dealing with personal struggles. Reaching out to these people, understanding their challenges, and helping them to become active participants in the wider community is a duty we can all share. …

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What Steps Can You Take to Leading A Normal Life After Brain Injury?


When someone becomes the victim of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), his post-injury abilities and chances for a successful recovery will depend in great part on the severity and location of the injury. That’s because different areas of the brain are responsible for different functions. So, depending on where the brain has been injured, the victim could lose his sense of touch, hearing, ability to focus or balance, and even his personality could drastically change. A brain injury certainly can impact a person’s life in countless ways, but if the more than 3 million people in the United States who are living with a brain injury are any example, life …

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How TBI Can Happen in the Workplace


The Brain Injury Institute reports that traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens in the workplace more frequently and easily than you might expect. Even if you work in an office “cubicle” environment, you could trip on the corner of a desk or slip on coffee your coworker spilled and suffer serious brain injury. According to the institute, approximately 20% of all on-the-job TBI occurs from falling on surfaces that are wet or uneven or that contain out-of-place objects. Although motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI, falls are in second place and slowly climbing statistically. This may be due in part to the fact that the number of workers …

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