Another reason to root for the BoSox: Help for returning soldiers

On Veteran’s Day, consider these numbers from a Rand Corporation study: More than 300,000 U.S. soldiers will return from Iraq with concussions and head injuries. That doesn’t account for civilians.

So check out the Red Sox “Home Base” program, launched after players visited injured vets. To promote research, Home Base works with The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. CIMIT, a cross-disciplinary, cross- town collaboration that includes researchers from Harvard, MIT and local hospitals. The group applies technology – from electronic records to medical devices –to health problems.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has long challenged caregivers, who have limited options for determining prognosis and providing treatment. Recent prevalence of severe, moderate and mild TBI from military combat has increased the visibility of these issues. TBI and spinal cord trauma are major causes of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Associated bio-physical changes are difficult to directly measure. The pathophysiology of TBI occurs in stages over prolonged periods of time. Better methods for characterization can aid in tailoring interventions to achieve better outcomes. CIMIT encourages novel approaches to treatment through functional and metabolic imaging and electromagnetic stimuli to localize treatment sites, measure progress, and identify the stages of recovery. CIMIT’s TBI & Neurotrauma Program seeks to explore novel techniques, including systemic and focal pharmacologic regimens, applied energy from lasers and ultrasound, and neuro-technological techniques, as methods to determine the stages at which they may be best applied. This program leverages the innovations of CIMIT Neurotechnology, Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Trauma & Casualty Care Programs, recognizing that many patients suffer from combinations of conditions that require clinicians to draw on a range of specialty resources.

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