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March 2013

Avoiding PML-Type Brain Injury in MS Patients

By Howard Mishkind|2019-04-24T18:00:03+00:00March 13th, 2013|Brain Injury|

A type of brain injury, called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), can occur as a result of complications from use of Tysabri (natalizumab) by patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). PML was first identified in immunocompromised patients, such as AIDS and cancer patients.  However, it can arise when Tysabri reactivates a dormant viral illness called JC Virus (also known [...]

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January 2013

Progression of Brain Injury

By Howard Mishkind|2020-05-03T21:35:18+00:00January 30th, 2013|Brain Injury|

The journal Brain is reporting that brain injury is a progressive condition that worsens over time.  This is a significant finding for victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Prior to this study, it was felt that brain injuries worsen with time based on anecdotal evidence, but no study existed that allowed physicians to opine that an individual's cognitive disability [...]

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Avoiding Stroke by Screening for Risk Factors

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:43+00:00January 8th, 2013|Brain Injury, Stroke|

Stroke can occur in patients experiencing atrial fibrillation (A Fib).  Due to the irregular beating of the heart caused by A Fib, blood clots can build up in the heart.  These clots are at risk of being ejected from the heart and traveling to the brain where they cause stroke.  Strokes can have devastating consequences for its [...]

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December 2012

Report on a Recent Study About Brain Injury

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:44+00:00December 17th, 2012|Brain Injury|

A recent study published in Brain reports that repetitive mild traumatic brain injury can have major long-term consequences.  The study looked at athletes and military personnel who had sustained repeated hits to the head over time. 80% were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive condition whose symptoms can include memory loss, depression and dementia.  There is no [...]

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Ohio Moves to Protect Children with Brain Injuries

By Howard Mishkind|2016-06-11T15:20:47+00:00December 6th, 2012|Brain Injury|

The Ohio Senate passed legislation on Tuesday designed to protect children who sustain a concussion during a sporting event.  The legislation was proposed by Akron's Childrens Hospital and other medical groups in response to increasing awareness about the potentially serious long-term effects of concussions and post-concussion syndrome.  The legislation contains an eduction component aimed at [...]

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Proving Damages in Brain Injury and Stroke Cases, Part II

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:45+00:00December 3rd, 2012|Brain Injury|

(...following is a continued discussion about proving damages in brain injury and stroke cases...) Once a brain injury is suspected, it is important to gather information from the client, the client's family, accident-related records (like an incident report or police report), and the client's medical records.  These sources offer important clues about the severity of [...]

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Proving Damages in Brain Injury and Stroke Cases

By Howard Mishkind|2020-05-03T21:33:22+00:00December 1st, 2012|Brain Injury|

Proving damages in brain injury and stroke cases is very challenging because the injury is often "hidden."  Unlike a wrongful death claim or a case involving obvious physical injuries, brain damage from trauma or stroke can result in purely cognitive changes that are difficult to show, especially when the damage cannot be reproduced on MRI, [...]

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October 2012

World Stroke Day is Today

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:53+00:00October 29th, 2012|Brain Injury|

The American Heart Association announced that Monday, October 29th is World Stroke Day, "a day dedicated to educating communities around the world about the risks, signs and symptoms of stroke." Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.  Stroke is also a leading cause of long-term disability and a major contributor to healthcare [...]

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Strokes in Younger Patients Increase Risk of Delayed Diagnosis

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:02:54+00:00October 16th, 2012|Brain Injury|

A recent study in Neurology shows that stroke rates are increasing among younger patients.  This is concerning, not just a trend in public health, but also in terms of a risk for substandard medical care and medical malpractice claims.  When diseases and medical conditions that are typically seen in older patients begin affecting younger patients, [...]

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June 2012

Stroke Due to Negligent Treatment of A Fib

By Howard Mishkind|2019-03-18T22:03:06+00:00June 21st, 2012|Brain Injury, Stroke|

Atrial fibrillation (or, "A Fib") is a common disorder of the heart.  The incidence of A Fib increases with age.  As the population ages, one projection estimates that almost 6 million people will have A Fib by 2050.  One of the predominant risks of A Fib is stroke.  The errant, inefficient beating of the heart associated with A Fib [...]

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