Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Leap Day Special Edition...

As some of you may know, a year is actually 365 days and 6 hours long. Thus, every four years we have a leap day to catch up on those 6 hours that are annually forgotten. Today's post is actually a post from the last leap day in 2008, as written by my father, Karl Beck, in his former blog about the modified vehicle industry, "8Wheels for Persons with Disabilities".

After the jump, you'll find a personal story from the modified vehicle industry that rings true today. If you have a modified vehicle or are considering getting a modified vehicle, such as a "wheelchair van", make sure you know you are dealing with a reputable company...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What are the leading causes of TBI?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following incidents as the leading causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the United States...

This chart is not only a reminder to be careful in your daily activities, but also a prelude to March: Brain Injury Awareness Month. In March, Disability Insight will focus on giving insight and increasing awareness about brain injuries, including answering the difficult question: What is TBI?

Great Bill Passed in Alaska

Alaska's Senate recently passed a bill that expands prior legislation on behalf of Alaska's disabled verterans. Previously, Alaska's disabled veterans received free entrance to state parks. Now, they will also receive free use of boat ramps, RV facilities and day parking, and at least a 50-percent discount for public use cabins. For more on the story, check out...

Friday, February 24, 2012

An Incredible Story about Sportsmanship and Perseverance

Promising Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury

Reported February 20, 2012

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new study performed on rats shows promise in helping fight against the harmful effects of traumatic brain injury. 

Traumatic brain injury causes a decrease in blood flow in the cerebrum of the brain.  If blood flow is prolonged, it could lead to death or permanent cell dysfunction.  The endothelin receptor A (ETrA), a receptor in the brain, contributes to the decrease of blood flow as early as four hours after the injury on the brain occurs.  A new drug, called clazosentan, is thought to specifically block these receptors.

"There are currently no primary treatments for TBI, so this research provides hope that effective treatments can be developed," study author Michael Kaufman, a medical student at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, was quoted as saying.
First, researchers gave rats that had brain injuries the clazosentan drug through an IV line at various points after injuries.  Then they measured the rat's blood flow in the sensory motor cortex and hippocampus with an MRI brain scan and tested their behavior in learning a maze.  The study found that the drug decreased the effects of brain injury on blood flow to the hippocampus by 25 percent at four hours and 23 percent at 48 hours after injury.
The drug was most effective when given at two hours post-injury and again at 24 hours after the trauma and the rats performed better on the maze test.  However, when the rats were given the drug at 12 hours after injury, some improved, some got worse, and some remained the same.
"This research is the foundation for future clinical trials that will investigate the possibilities of using clazosentan in the treatment of TBI," Michael Kaufman was quoted as saying.

Source:  American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting, February 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Save the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association!!!

It's well documented that the Florida Legislature will be making cuts this session. Unfortunately, Florida's elected officials have once again decided to attack funding for a portion of Florida's most vulnerable population. Florida Disabled Outdoors Association gets many people with disabilities in Florida outside of their homes and participating in sports and activities. It would be a tragic blow for people with disabilities in Florida to lost this organization. A more detailed account of the association and what you can do to help is found after the jump..

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Creative Way to Protect Your Disabled Parking Spot- thanks to our friends at Braun

U.S. Medical Schools Coordinating to Combat PTSD and TBI

First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced that 130 U.S. medical schools and research facilities have combined forces to combat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The number of U.S. citizens recognized as having PTSD and/or TBI is massive. For example, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually and an estimated 3.1 million people live with a lifelong disability as a result of a TBI in the U.S. alone, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. The large number of young soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBIs and PTSD has shed new light on the fact that more research must be done in order for doctors to better serve those with these significant disabilities. Thus, 130 medical schools and research facilities have come together to combat this severe problem.

This is the first of several blog posts on Traumatic Brain Injury that will appear on Disability Insight as a prelude to the month of March, which is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.

More on this topic can be found at