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Emotional Affects of Brain Injury

It can be incredibly difficult to understand a traumatic brain injury if you’ve never experienced one first-hand. Not only can brain injuries can affect a person’s thinking and memory, sensations and communication, but they can also play a role in emotional instability. Whether your injury was minor or severe, it could mean emotional fluctuations in some way or another. Emotional changes after a brain injury are not uncommon, and it’s important to have patience with those who fall victim in these situations. If you or a loved one does undergo a brain injury, prepare yourself for what may come. Though not everyone will experience these emotional fluctuations, it’s still important …

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Harmful Substances to Your Brain

  Marijuana and alcohol are two widely used substances that can be harmful. Despite this, both are readily, if not legally, available to individuals of all ages, a fact that largely contributes to the way in which both are socially accepted.   Socially, people associate getting high and being tipsy with having a good time. It’s easy for someone to take a sip from a friend’s drink or smoke a joint being passed around. However, most aren’t aware of the extent to which their brain is affected when they do so.   The legalization of marijuana, in particular, is a hot topic right now, especially with Canada being next in …

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How Practicing Yoga Can Help with a Brain Injury

Many people know the major benefits of yoga, like helping reduce depression and stress and boost immunity. It can also help in physical ways as well, such as reducing back pain, relieving tight or sore muscles and soothing aching joints. What about helping with a brain injury though? Many times, people who undergo traumatic brain injury can be left with tightness throughout the body, a lack of balance or decreased mobility. These physical aspects are all things that yoga can help with. So what can practicing yoga do to further help you heal from a brain injury? Practicing Yoga with a Brain Injury Helps You… Focus on Your Abilities Rather …

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Helping Others Understand a Brain Injury

A brain injury can be life changing for the person who suffers from the injury and everyone in his or her life. While friends and family try to be supportive during a difficult time of transition and recovery, many individuals with a brain injury often struggle with conflicting emotions, a roller coaster of advances and setbacks, and may often feel alone and as if nobody can understand.   Although no one can truly understand what someone with a brain injury goes through, unless he or she has suffered one, too, trying to gain a better understanding can help brain injury survivors, as well as their family and friends. For Brain …

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The Level of Pain & Injury from Slip and Fall Accidents

Sometimes people slip and fall, and the only thing they believe that they hurt is their pride. Others might not feel anything significant until the next day when they begin to feel pain, discomfort and limited range of motion. Those symptoms might mean something more serious. That is when it is time for them to be examined. When somebody trips and falls, it is also classified as a slip and fall injury. The physics of the two accidents are actually different though. When a person slips and falls, it is ordinarily caused by a foreign substance that makes a walking surface slippery. The person usually falls backward. In a trip …

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How Music Therapy Helps Heal Brain Injury Victims

Hans Christian Anderson once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Music is a magical machine that connects us together. It helps us learn, relaxes us, gives us energy, it makes us laugh and it makes us cry. Music also has the ability to bring us emotional healing. Ever heard an upbeat song on the radio and started dancing to the beat? You might have even caught yourself dancing while driving. In the 1980s a popular song called, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” was made popular. People everywhere were smile t-shirts with the lyrics of the song as a reminder to cheer up on cloudy days. Children learn their ABC’s through repetitive …

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Challenges of an Invisible Disability

Unless you live with a disability, you may not truly understand the challenges and stigmas that individuals with disabilities face on a daily basis. While many people assume that a disability is characterized by its “visibility” (such as a limp, physical disfigurement, or use of a wheelchair), there are many other disabilities that exist, but are less obvious or are even invisible. According to Donna Nesselbush, social security disability attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, an individual with a disability may be struggling with a long term illness or may be receiving social security disability due to a recent injury that prevents one from working.   Disability has many faces …

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Don’t Become a Statistic: Reduce Brain Injuries by Stopping Texting and Driving

Five seconds. That’s about how long a driver takes his or her eyes off the road when reading or responding to a text. It doesn’t seem like a very long period of time until you realize that, at 55 mph, 5 seconds is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. Texting while driving is hands down the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it requires the use of manual, visual, and cognitive skills. The driver’s eyes, hands and focus are off the road, leaving him or her vulnerable, as well as anyone else who’s in the car or unlucky enough to be on the …

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Danger at Sea: Silent Cancer – Asbestos at Large

For well over a century, courageous men and women, enlisted in the Navy, have braved the seas to protect the United States; a country they are proud to fight for. Decades later, these same war heroes are fighting for their own lives as they struggle with life threatening diseases as a result to years of asbestos exposure. Navy veterans, who struggle with asbestos-related diseases, are diagnosed too late and often given a bleak prognosis, leaving many veterans feeling abandoned by the country they fought for. Long-term Asbestos Exposure Leads to Fatal Diseases Asbestos, a natural mineral which was mined in the U.S. between the late 1880’s through the late 1970’s, …

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