Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has been making big news after the high-profile diagnosis of several professional athletes. North Carolina military members may find this condition particularly disconcerting, considering the increasing rates of ALS among military veterans. Although researchers are not yet sure why veterans are twice as likely to develop this serious condition that can be caused by brain injury, experts and advocates alike are reaching out to improve the quality of life for those suffering from the condition.
Many military members suffer from memory loss after receiving serious brain injuries while in combat. Now, new research funded by the Pentagon may provide the key to reversing memory loss suffered by civilians during brain injury events. The new technology seems promising, especially after a decade of failed tries at pharmaceutical remedies for memory loss after brain injury. Now, a new type of implantable probe may be used to help those who have suffered brain injury that resulted in memory loss.
A 12-year-old North Carolina girl has been taken off a ventilator more than three weeks after she was seriously injured in a traffic accident. Doctors placed the girl into a medically induced coma following the accident. Although the girl has begun to talk, her mother explained that her speech is still slow and slurred. Doctors say the girl suffered severe brain injuries, adding that they would not be able to determine the full extent of her injuries until the swelling in her brain subsides.