i havent infodumped on tbis account at all. i have already dumped almost all the info i know on my old account but i will make you watch me do it again

Brain activity changes after cognitive rehabilitation for TBI

Kessler Foundation researchers published results of their TBI-MEM trial, the first study to demonstrate significant changes in cerebral activation after memory retraining in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The article, “Examining the efficacy of the modified Story Memory Technique (mSMT) in persons with TBI using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI): The TBI-MEM Trial” was published on July 8 by the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. The authors are Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, Glenn Wylie, DPhil, and John DeLuca, PhD, of Kessler Foundation.  

Eighteen participants with moderate to severe TBI were assigned to either the treatment (n=9) or placebo group (n=9).  All underwent neuropsychological assessment, cognitive ability assessment and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during a learning task before and after treatment. The treatment group was administered the modified Story Memory Technique (mSMT), a 10-session memory retraining protocol based on visualization and context; the placebo group underwent memory exercises without visualization or context training. fMRI findings showed a pattern of changes in cerebral activation in the mSMT treatment group. This is consistent with the researchers’ findings in a prior study of mSMT in patients with MS, which provided the first Class I evidence for the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in MS. (Chiaravalloti N, et al: An RCT to treat learning impairment in MS. Neurology 2013(81))

“This is the second study we have conducted that shows significant changes in activation patterns on neuroimaging after behavioral memory intervention,” said Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of Neuroscience & Neuropsychology and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research at Kessler Foundation. “These changes likely reflect increased brain efficiency and decreased task difficulty after training with mSMT. Memory deficits are a major cause of disability after TBI. Identifying effective cognitive interventions is critical to improving quality of life in this population.”

The mSMT protocol has been translated into Spanish and is being used in the U.S., Mexico, and Argentina. A Chinese translation has also been completed for use in upcoming studies.


I am SO incredibly excited to see Taylor TWO NIGHTS in a row at one of my favorite places, Gillette Stadium on Friday and Saturday!! I’ll be wearing these outfits this weekend! The ‘No it’s Becky’ and New Romantics type skirt ensemble will be my outfit for Friday and my custom shirt I put together with my face and Taylor will be my Saturday outfit! If you happen to see me walking around Gillette, come say hi! I have lost all chill in regards to the weekend and I can’t wait to spend the whole weekend with great friends and meeting people from here!!

Alright so veganpunkers sent me a prompt about Lisa giving Len a polar bear and it was too cute to pass up

“Lisa.. What is this?”

“Do you need glasses, Len? It’s a polar bear. It’s for the lair.”

“We don’t have a lair, Lisa. Hartley called the hideout a lair once because he was being sarcastic.”

“Then it’s for the hideout. Either way he’s yours now.” Before he could say anything else she spun on her heels and walked out of the room, leaving the polar bear on the floor.

How did she even get a live polar bear? He wasn’t very sure and frankly, he didn’t want to know.

It couldn’t have been an adult, it wasn’t big enough for that. But it was also too small for it to be a cub so… He’ll just assume that the polar bear is a young adult in human years.

Leonard couldn’t keep a live polar bear here. It might maul one of the other Rogues or tear stuff up. He could think of a hundred different ways why keeping a polar bear is a horrible idea… But it was kinda cute he guessed.

The bear looked up at him, ears perked up as he looked at Leonard curiously. He opened his mouth and let out a yawn then put his head back on the ground.

Shit. This bear was adorable as hell.

After a few days Len called Barry about the polar bear in the middle of the hideout. He actually had to send a picture for him to believe he wasn’t lying.

“How did she even-?!”

“I don’t know and I’m not asking. Will you help me move Pepsi to a zoo before she hurts of the others?”

“… You named the polar bear ‘Pepsi’?” Barry smiled a bit when he heard Len’s irritated sigh on the other end of the phone.

“I like Pepsi and Coke doesn’t deserve a polar bear mascot. What’s your po- shit. No. Dammit Pepsi, get off. I don’t- Fuck.”

“What happened?” A couple seconds later Len hung up and sent Barry another picture. This time the bear was laying on top of Len and you could clearly see he was trying not to smile when he took the photo.

That’s definitely his new contact photo.

He sent him a quick text and ran out of the house, towards the direction of the hideout.

But he needed to make a quick stop first.

“I can’t believe you, Scarlet. You actually bought him a Pepsi themed collar.. I’m not keeping him you know.”

“You should.” Barry smiled, petting the bears head. “You could freeze one of the spear rooms in the hideout and he can sleep there.” He offered. This bear was just too cute to give to a zoo.

“We’re sending him to the zoo. I’m not keeping him.” Barry’s kicked puppy look could rival Pepsi’s yawn. Both were equally adorable.

So they did just that. Central City Zoo got a new polar bear from an anonymous donor with the request his name stays Pepsi.

But a few weeks later the bear was gone with a note by the shattered remains of one of the exhibit windows.

‘Pepsi looked unhappy. -CC’

((If it’s bad I’m super sorry but I tried my best while typing it on a phone ))

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Navy Bomb Technician Shares Story On Living With A TBI

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have become one of the most common injuries for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, a US Navy explosive ordinance technician shared his story of living with a TBI. Explosive ordinance technicians are used to disarm roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices.

While on deployment in Iraq in 2004, the bomb technician was injured by a roadside bomb, leaving him with a TBI. Afterwards, he had difficulty organizing ideas and tasks, which ultimately damaged his career in the Navy.

The story shows how the symptoms of TBIs can vary and in some cases, damage careers. Depending on which area of the brain was injured, symptoms can range from behavioral problems, cognitive issues and memory loss. Regardless, TBIs can have unexpected consequences even years after the initial injury.

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Antibody Therapy Can Treat TBI and Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

New research led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) provides the first direct evidence linking traumatic brain injury to Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – and offers the potential for early intervention to prevent the development of these debilitating neurodegenerative diseases. TBI can result from repetitive contact sport injuries or from exposure to military blasts, and is one of the most significant risk factors for both Alzheimer’s disease and CTE.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

Research: “Antibody against early driver of neurodegeneration cis P-tau blocks brain injury and tauopathy” by Asami Kondo, Koorosh Shahpasand, Rebekah Mannix, Jianhua Qiu, Juliet Moncaster, Chun-Hau Chen, Yandan Yao, Yu-Min Lin, Jane A. Driver, Yan Sun, Shuo Wei, Man-Li Luo, Onder Albayram, Pengyu Huang, Alexander Rotenberg, Akihide Ryo, Lee E. Goldstein, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Ann C. McKee, William Meehan, Xiao Zhen Zhou and Kun Ping Lu in Nature doi:10.1038/nature14658

Image: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in older individuals and currently affects more than 5 million Americans and 30 million people worldwide. Image is for illustrative purposes only.

My views on sexuality

-if you’re gay, that’s cool.
-if you’re a lesbian, that’s cool.
-if you’re asexual, that’s cool.
-if you’re bisexual, that’s cool.
-if you’re pansexual, that’s cool.
-if you’re straight, that’s cool.
-if you aren’t sure, that’s cool.
-if you hate on someone because of their sexuality, go fuck yourself.