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November 2012 Archives

Once-promising drug no benefit in brain injury recovery

With more than 1 million people in the U.S., including New Haven, suffering traumatic brain injuries each year, doctors and patients are naturally very interested in any new treatment that could potentially speed or improve recovery. The U.S. military is especially concerned about finding treatments for TBI. It is estimated that more than 250,000 servicemembers have suffered brain injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as other deployments, since 2000.

Take care to avoid a car accident this Thanksgiving

It is time once again for Thanksgiving, when many people in Connecticut will be taking to the roads to make the long trek to a family dinner. As the economy slowly improves, AAA predicts that 39.1 million people will drive 50 miles or more from home for the holiday this year, a slight increase over last year. Unfortunately, the huge surge in traffic around Nov. 22 also means that the number of car accidents will probably go up as well.

Study suggests link between brain injury, pesticide, Parkinson's

People in New Haven who are living with Parkinson's disease or know someone who is may wonder how and why people develop the neurological illness. There is a lot physicians still do not know about Parkinson's, though much of the literature suggests that genetics play a major role. A new study argues that environmental factors like brain injuries could also be a factor.

Connecticut man charged with DUI in fatal hit and run accident

A man with a prior DUI arrest on his lengthy record was arrested on Oct. 23 and accused of striking two pedestrians with his car and fleeing the scene. One of the men died of brain injuries suffered in the car accident. The man reportedly admitted being high on drugs at the time and may have been drunk as well.