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Brain injury research may help to improve rehab efforts

Brain injuries can affect people in a myriad of ways; for instance, people in West Virginia can experience emotional challenges as well as cognitive challenges. A more thorough understanding of brain hubs and networks might help to enhance scientists' understanding of brain injury outcomes. This, in turn, may help with improving rehabilitation and prognosis efforts.

Different regions of the brain are connected to particular cognitive abilities, including decision-making, naming and language. Where and how they are integrated to support cognition in the brain remains under investigation. Researchers, however, recently said they believed that multiple hub regions might be particularly important for people's brains to operate as integrated networks.

When studying patients with brain damage, scientists discovered that damage in six particular hub areas produced much more cognitive impairment, compared with damage in other locations. Those with lesions in target hubs typically had major impairment in the areas of emotional functions, adaptive functions, reasoning and motor performance. They also struggled with their language skills, memory, perception and attention. The study involved the evaluation of long-term behavioral and cognitive data in several patients.

It's natural to feel frustrated and angry about one's brain injury if the injury was the result of another individual's negligence in West Virginia. Those who have been injured in a car accident or another type of accident due to negligence has the right to try to hold the person deemed at-fault financially responsible. Although financial restitution from a case that is properly litigated may not fully restore the patient's cognitive abilities, it can help the person to get the care he or she needs in light of the injuries.

Source: medicalxpress.com, "Network measures predict neuropsychological outcome after brain injury", , Sept. 15, 2014

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