Tackling concussion recovery: how to accommodate injured kids
U.S. News & World Report / November 24, 2015
Finding the perfect balance between rest and returning to regular activities can be a challenge for parents who have a child home from school with a concussion. While rest is the critical first step to recovering from a concussion, experts warn it's important to get kids back into the swing of things sooner rather than later. That doesn't mean they're going to have a normal school day. Kids might need adjustments in school.
NFL goes on offense in how it handles concussion risk
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel / November 24, 2015
Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy, joined by Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president of Health and Safety Policy, and Michael McCrea, a professor of neurosurgery and neurology and member of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee, discuss what the NFL is doing to reduce head injuries and concussions. The very fact that Murphy, Miller and McCrea wanted to meet and discuss the issue reflects the concern about the much-anticipated movie "Concussion" potentially crystallizing growing public concern over injuries in general, concussions in specific. League officials are taking their message to markets around the country.
Wireless sensor enables study of traumatic brain injury
Medical Xpress / November 23, 2015
Purdue professors research to develop and use a new system that has been shown to record for the first time how brain tissue deforms when subjected to the kind of shock that causes blast-induced trauma commonly seen in combat veterans.
Brain Injury Peer Visitors bring understanding to patients at UW Hospital
WISC-TV / November 21, 2015
"The most important gift that people who have had this injury get is to know that we are not alone,” says Chris Loeffler, a current brain injury patient University Hospital in the Neurosciences ICU unit.The hospital has become the first in the Midwest to create a Brain Injury Peer Visitor program that brings together former brain injury patients with those currently being treated.
Hope for victims of brain injury and PTSD is right in front of us
The Hill / November 20, 2015
Since 2001, more than 320,000 American servicemembers have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress. In the past these conditions were considered a mystery. In some cases a bewildered military ignored those who suffered or even accused them of misconduct. "Returning nine of 10 of the military’s #TBI sufferers to active duty and a full life is not a matter of charity but honor. Of course members of Congress should shine a light on brain injury, but they should also make the successes that are being achieved known to a wider public," says veteran advocate Arnold Fisher.
Lawyers: No CTE in NFL $1B concussion deal
Yahoo! Sports / November 20, 2015
Former players appealing the NFL's $1 billion plan to address concussion-linked injuries asked a court on Thursday to reject the settlement because it excludes what they call the signature brain disease of football -- chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Sea change in concussion protocols for youth soccer
Forbes / November 19, 2015
Soccer has flown under the concussion radar until fairly recently. That lack of notice for soccer will change now, because earlier this month the United States Soccer Federation settled a potential class action lawsuit. The settlement provides much more protection than previously existed regarding heading the ball for children under the age of 14, who are particularly vulnerable to concussions from heading.
Veterans and the hidden wounds of wars: Don't ignore traumatic brain injury, mental illness
Fox News / November 18, 2015
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 640,537 (or roughly 23.7 of post-9/11 deployers) have been diagnosed with some form of mental health issue. More than 322,000 have TBI, but it’s believed many more cases haven’t been treated. Many will need care for years to come, while many others go undiagnosed due to the stigma and the shame of carrying these hidden wounds. Fortunately there are many organizations addressing these needs that the Bob Woodruff Foundation has been proud to support, like One Mind, which is led by retired Army General Peter Chiarelli.
Teen Develops Concussion Tool After Serious Injury
NBC News / November 18, 2015
A Maryland teenager may have turned one of the most difficult challenges of his life into a way to help other young athletes detect and recover from traumatic brain injuries. Eric Solender, 17, is developing a test that can help detect concussion symptoms using a popular video gaming platform. His path to this project began with a scary night at basketball practice several years ago.
Taking the guesswork out of diagnosing a concussion
CNBC / November 17, 2015
While on a family vacation in Paris this summer, 14-year-old Katie fell off a Segway, hitting her head. Almost three weeks later, her mother brought Katie in as a volunteer to help her friend's company, RightEye, test its new eye-tracking software, Neuro Vision. To Rothstein's surprise, the test indicated that Katie was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
Sanders claims 500,000 veterans have PTSD, brain injuries
The Des Moines Register / November 17, 2015
During a discussion of American foreign policy and military involvement in the Middle East, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders turned the discussion to the care provided to American veterans with a startling statistic: 500,000 returned service members have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. “When you talk about the long-term consequences of war, let's talk about the men and women who came home from war,” Sanders said. “The 500,000 who came home with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. And I would hope that in the midst of all of this discussion, this country makes certain that we do not turn our backs on the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend us.”
Another head injury after a concussion can be devastating to the brain
The Daily Herald / November 17, 2015
Zackery Lystedt suffered something he now crusades to prevent – traumatic brain injuries to athletes who resume playing before their concussions fully heal. Called second-impact syndrome, it is a rare-but-devastating brain injury. Experts say young athletes, whose brains are still developing, suffer the most from second-impact syndrome.
Tests, treatments for brain injury and PTSD to be focus of new nonprofit
Military Times / November 12, 2015
A new nonprofit organization is seeking to cut the time it takes for brain injury and post-traumatic stress research to transform into treatments for those life-altering conditions. Cohen Veterans Bioscience, with offices in New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts, hopes to facilitate development and production of diagnostic tests for traumatic brain injury and PTS as well as treatments and cures.
Brain injury expert shares insights, research on sports and concussions
University of Wisconsin-Madison News / November 12, 2015
Ann McKee has made national headlines with her research linking football and other sports to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). She recently visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to talk to sports medicine staff and to give a well-attended Grand Rounds in Neurology titled, “Football, boxing and the brain.” Here are some highlights of the conversation.
U.S. Soccer, resolving lawsuit, will limit headers for youth players
The New York Times / November 10, 2015
The United States Soccer Federation unveiled a series of safety initiatives Monday aimed at addressing head injuries in the sport, including a policy that sets strict limits on youth players heading the ball. The new guidelines, which resolve a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against U.S. Soccer and others last year, will prohibit players age 10 and younger from heading the ball and will reduce headers in practice for those from age 11 to 13.
Senator: Investigate 22K Army discharges linking PTSD & TBI to 'misconduct'
Military.com / November 10, 2015
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants an investigation into reports the Army discharged more than 22,000 soldiers who had post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury for alleged "misconduct" after they returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
UW neuroscientists describe brain chemicals that create PTSD response
University of Wisconsin-Madison News / November 10, 2015
A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists shows how stress chemicals reshape the brains of rodents, research that could lead to better treatments for people with post-traumatic stress disorder. "This is exciting because rodent brains and human brains are wired the same way; new medications for PTSD can be identified by understanding which brain chemicals are mediating trauma effects" says Vaishali Bakshi, associate professor of psychiatry in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Brain imaging reveals possible depression signature in traumatic brain injury
Center for Brain Health / November 9, 2015
New research has identified a potential brain-based biomarker for depressive symptoms in people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study that published in Frontiers in Neurology Neurotrauma found that individuals with traumatic brain injury and depression exhibit increased brain connectivity between multiple regions and sub-networks of the brain and the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for emotional processing, compared to people with minimal depressive symptoms.
75% of Wounded Vets Suffer From PTSD, Brain Injury: Survey
Military.com / November 4, 2015
More than 75 percent of wounded veterans are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the latest annual survey sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project. "Our annual survey shows that this generation of injured veterans continue to struggle with the invisible wounds of war, including #PTSD and TBI [traumatic brain injury], and the challenges are not getting better with time," says Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer for Wounded Warrior Project
Study of rear-end crashes finds head injuries from rear-facing child seats
The Washington Post / November 4, 2015
A new study showing the potential for children in rear-facing car seats to hit their heads during rear-end crashes worries some safety experts, who say they’re concerned it will wrongly discourage parents from keeping children in the safest rear-facing position.
Helping wounded warriors with traumatic brain injury regain freedom to move
The Mix / November 4, 2015
The BRAVE Initiative is a Department of Defense sponsored project aimed at improving the motor deficit of veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The three-year UAB College of Arts & Sciences project is examining CI Therapy and another novel rehabilitation technique, Lakeshore Enriched Fitness Training (LEFT).
Injured troops face continued problems PTSD, access
Military Times / November 4, 2015
More than three in four injured veterans surveyed by the Wounded Warrior Project count post-traumatic stress disorder among their service-connected ailments, but getting mental health care continues to be a struggle for them, according to a new report released by the group Wednesday.
Interrupted brains: Perseverance is crucial in fighting TBIs
The Ledger / November 4, 2015
Separate vehicle accidents in 2007-2008 abruptly redirected the paths of two young Polk County men, forcing them to overcome both traumatic brain injury and major physical damage. Time-consuming battles to recover challenged their intellect and their determination, experiences they shared during interviews encouraging others not to give up. “You have to believe you can get better,” Beau Wilt said. “Push hard and don't quit,” Pete Fellner tells others with traumatic brain injuries.
Missed Treatment: Soldiers With Mental Health Issues Dismissed For 'Misconduct'
NPR / November 3, 2015
The Army has "separated" more than 22,000 soldiers for "misconduct" after they came back from Iraq and Afghanistan and were diagnosed with mental health problems or TBI. As a result, many of the dismissed soldiers have not received crucial retirement and health care benefits that soldiers receive with an honorable discharge:
Heartbreaking images of brain injury victims show struggles facing sufferers
The Daily Mirror / November 2, 2015
These shocking quotes have been shared by real brain injury victims who have taken steps to make their life normal again. But instead of being given the support they need, they often find that they're being shunted aside. New research shows that employers are ill-informed and under-equipped to support employees with brain injuries in the workplace.