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Prior housing conditions and sleep loss may affect recovery from brain injury in rats: A pilot study

Ronald G. Riechers, MD, et al.

The military combat environment is associated with prolonged periods of sleep deprivation and high risk for brain injury. This study tests the hypothesis that recovery of sensorimotor function following a brain injury is affected by preinjury environmental conditions or potential stressors. While chronic sleep deprivation is likely to exert detrimental effects on outcome, data presented here suggest that the negative effect of preinjury environmental stressors on functional recovery from brain injury may be attenuated by acute sleep deprivation. Future studies should consider the combat environment in order to better understand the complexities associated with brain injuries common in returning servicemembers.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.04.0061

Volume 50 Number 4, 2013
   Pages 455 — 462

Key words: combat, controlled cortical impact, novel housing, premorbid conditions, sensorimotor function, sleep deprivation, social isolation, stress, trauma, traumatic brain injury.


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Riechers RG, Shuster JL, Bryan KJ, Burant CJ, Ball SL. Prior housing conditions and sleep loss may affect recovery from brain injury in rats: A pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(4):455–62.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.04.0061
ResearcherID/ORCID: Sherry L. Ball, PhD: C-9925-2013; Jaime L. Shuster, MA: C-9620-2013
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