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Neurostorm of the Century, Part 1 of 3: Medical Terminology
By: Suzette Buhr | Personal Stories | February 13, 2017
The word “neurostorming” was one of many new medical terms we learned while Josh was in his coma. 

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Living with Concussion the Natural Way
By: Rachel Derrington, MSW, PMP | November 21, 2016
Rachel Derrington is not the same person she was before her brain swelled up and changed her attitude, priorities and sense of self. She is better. Rachel shares the four things that turned her from an survivor to a thriver.

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Letter From the Other Side — Return from a Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Tim Page | Personal Stories | August 31, 2016
The Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page writes about rebuilding his life after a traumatic brain injury.

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I Can Fix You
Personal Stories | July 4, 2016
It took a few minutes to go over my medical history as we sat in his exam room. He took a few notes, listened to our story, took a few more notes, and asked a question or two. He then looked us square in the eyes and uttered four words. “I can fix you.”

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Are Kids Getting More Concussions Than We Realize?
Research Update | June 22, 2016
A new study estimates that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is higher than the previously reported.

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Finding New Ways To Treat Memory Problems
By: Kessler Foundation | June 13, 2016
Vivid and unusual images can help a person with TBI remember new information.

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My Insurance-Driven Recovery
June 6, 2016
It’s a tough nut to swallow when you look back and realize with stunning clarity that the very quality of day-to-day life after a TBI is largely determined by how well insured you are.

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CTE pathology in a neurodegenerative disorders brain bank
Research Update | December 3, 2015

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Can the Drugs Namenda and Aricept Help After Brain Injury?
By: Brian Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | September 22, 2014
Learn about the risks and benefits of these drugs for symptoms of brain injury.

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What Is the Ideal Timeline to Do MRIs, fMRIs, DTIs, and Fiber Tracking to Diagnose TBI?
By: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD | Ask the Expert | June 16, 2014
More than imaging, diagnosis of TBI is still based on the initial symptoms at the time of the injury.

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The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Military-Related Post-Concussive Symptoms
Research Update | February 24, 2014
Research on HBO2 therapy concluded that it does not help manage symptoms from mild traumatic brain injury.

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Testing Brain Injury-Related Vision Issues with People Who Can’t Communicate
By: Gregory Goodrich, PhD | Ask the Expert | January 27, 2014
How do you test the vision of someone with TBI who cannot communicate — talk or respond otherwise to questions?

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Can Ritalin Help Mitigate Brain Injury Symptoms?
By: Brian Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | January 6, 2014
Learn about the risks and benefits of taking Ritalin after a brain injury.

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Expectations Versus Recommendations After a Brain Injury
Research Update | December 16, 2013
People with TBI often had higher expectations for work and social life than their post-acute program staff recommended, a discrepancy partially attributed to TBI-related cognitive disorders.

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Sharing the Pain or Over-Sharing?
By: Carolyn Roy-Bornstein, MD | November 1, 2013
While the fields of medicine and psychology have argued for strict boundaries between patients and their doctors, other professional bodies have begun to recognize the value of sharing their own narrative.

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HBOT: A Way to Heal the Injured Brain?
By: Barbara Stahura, CJF | August 13, 2013
Dr. Bruce Gottlieb likens hyperbaric oxygen therapy to a catalyst, "like Miracle-Gro for your lawn. The soil has to be good for it to work.”

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Ohio State University TBI Identification Method
By: The Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, in collaboration with BrainLine | August 1, 2013
This presentation provides health care and social service professionals with an interview guide designed to elicit a patient's history of traumatic brain injury.

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Early Research on the Use of Neuroimaging for Tailoring TBI Rehabilitation
By: BrainLine | Research Update | May 20, 2013
A specific analytical technique used during MRI may help people choose among possible cognitive rehab interventions.

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What Medical Care Should a TBI Patient Receive?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | May 20, 2013
How medical personnel try to stabilize the patient and assess the level of consciousness.

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What Immediate Post-Injury Complications Can Occur From a TBI?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | May 20, 2013
There are distinct medical complications that may arise as a result of the injury to the brain.

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What Are the Causes of and Risk Factors for TBI?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | May 17, 2013
Causes of TBI can range from falls to motor vehicle accidents. Learn more.

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Brain Injury as a Chronic Disease: An Interview with Brent Masel, MD
By: Brain Injury Professional magazine | May 6, 2013
Physicians spend a lot of time in school learning about obscure diseases and yet we’re not taught about a medical condition like TBI that every single medical specialist will encounter over and over. Chronic brain injury MUST be a part of every health care student’s curriculum.

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Is It True That You Should Keep Someone Awake Who Has Sustained a TBI?
By: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD | Ask the Expert | October 22, 2012
Keeping someone awake after a mild TBI is no longer recommended, but keeping an eye on the person is.

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Improving Tolerance for Exercise After a Brain Injury
By: Elliot Roth, MD | Ask the Expert | October 1, 2012
Gradually and systematically increasing your activity levels may help you exercise with fewer TBI-related side effects.

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Neurotechnology for Brain Injury Fact Sheet
By: Jennifer French, MBA of Neurotech Network, and Justin Stanley, BA, CBIS, of Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey | September 11, 2012
An introduction to brain injury and neurotechnology including an overview of the many clinical applications.

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Fighting the "TBI Wars": New Alternatives for TBI Survivors
By: Joel Goldstein | Personal Stories | September 5, 2012
In A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway wrote, “The world breaks us all, then after, some are strong at the broken places.”

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The Ups and Downs of Changing Medications After Brain Injury
By: Brian D. Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | July 9, 2012
Talk with your health provider about fatigue, medication, and side effects.

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Alcohol Use After Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Charles Bombardier, PhD | June 27, 2012
After brain injury, many people notice their brains are more sensitive to alcohol. Learn about the effects of drinking post-injury and what to do and not do.

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Nourish Your Noggin: Nutrition and Your Brain
By: Tina M. Sullivan | June 12, 2012
What you eat greatly influences your body's ability to function well — physically and emotionally. Eating right is even more important after a brain injury.

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Nourish Your Noggin: What Foods to Avoid and Why
By: Tina M. Sullivan | June 12, 2012
Foods are best eaten in their most alive, natural states. Learn more about what you put in your body and how it can affect you physically and emotionally.

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What About Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy?
By: Janet Brown, MA CCC-SLP | June 5, 2012
CRT may be like the proverbial elephant — it feels different to different people depending on their circumstances and perspective. But, it may be essential to quality of life for people with TBI.

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More Reasons to Exercise After a Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | June 4, 2012
Improved mood, cardiovascular fitness, and increased self-esteem are some of the main reasons people with a brain injury should partake in regular exercise.

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Acupuncture Helps Brain Injury-Related Sleep Issues
By: BrainLine | Research Update | May 14, 2012
Medication and acupuncture both help with sleep issues after brain injury but  acupuncture has fewer side effects.

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TBI's Miracle Drug
By: Steve Campbell | May 1, 2012
An accidental discovery about 20 years ago has led to a cyclosporine pharmaceutical on the threshold of approval for brain injury.

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Does Having a Brain Injury Mean I'll Get Dementia When I'm Older?
By: Steven Flanagan, MD | Ask the Expert | April 23, 2012
An association between TBI and dementia exists, but the definitive research is still out.

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Subspeciality Certification in Brain Injury Medicine
By: The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology | December 5, 2011
A new subspecialty has been created to address the growing need to monitor, assess, and advance new technologies for people with brain injury.

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A Guide to Neuropsychological Testing
By: Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD and Victoria Powell, PhD | October 27, 2011
Neuropsychological testing can help you and your doctors better understand your injury and plan for the most effective therapy.

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Eight Key Questions to Ask About Clinical Trials
By: BrainLine | June 13, 2011
What to know and ask before joining a clinical trial.

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Should I Enter a Clinical Trial?
By: ECRI Institute | June 8, 2011
For people who are thinking about enrolling in a clinical trial — and their loved ones — learn the basics and more.

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Martial Arts and Brain Injury
By: Nathan Zasler, MD | Ask the Expert | June 6, 2011
Learn more about “bumps to the head” and their possible future ramifications.

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Understanding Clinical Trials: Frequently Asked Questions
By: ClinicalTrials.gov | June 2, 2011
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial may help you and many people after you. But it can be an overwhelming decision to make.

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Glossary of Clinical Trials Terms
By: ClinicalTrials.gov | June 2, 2011
From "cohort" to "placebo," learn the terms needed to educate yourself about clinical trials.

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Can Symptoms of TBI Show Up a Few Years After an Injury?
By: Dr. Jane Gillett | Ask the Expert,BrainLine Kids | March 28, 2011
Learn how a TBI can play a role in a child’s motor skills and language development.

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Use of Zoloft After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | January 24, 2011
This drug does not prevent cognitive and behavioral problems after at TBI, but may help treat them.

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Identifying Brain Injury in State Juvenile Justice, Corrections, and Homeless Populations
By: Sharyl R. Helgeson, RH, PHN | January 13, 2011
Learn about "undiagnosed TBI" and why it is a significant societal problem.

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What Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?
By: BrainLine | December 8, 2010
It doesn’t take an expert …anyone can see that they don’t want those brown, ugly spots on their brains.

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Podcasts: Assisting Patients with TBI: A Brief Guide for Primary Care Physicians
By: TIRR Memorial Hermann | October 28, 2010
A four-part series for healthcare professionals who are NOT specialists in brain injury.

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What Is the Glasgow Coma Scale?
By: BrainLine | October 19, 2010
This standard scale measures levels of consciousness in a person following a brain injury. Learn how it works.

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Peer Group Support Can Enhance Well-Being After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | October 11, 2010
Peer group intervention helped improve depression scores and community integration.

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Post-Traumatic Amnesia and Functional Outcome After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | September 1, 2010
The longer the amnesia, the longer the recovery.

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Feed Your Body, Feed Your Brain: Nutritional Tips to Speed Recovery
By: Mary Ann Keatley, PHD, CCC and Laura L. Whittemore | September 1, 2010
A hungry brain cannot function. Give it the food and nutrients it needs.

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What Is Biofeedback and Neurofeedback?
By: Mary Ann Keatley, PHD, CCC and Laura L. Whittemore | September 1, 2010
Biofeedback has been shown to decrease anxiety responses after injury. Learn more.

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Brain Injury Resource Directory
By: BrainLine.org | August 27, 2010
A national directory of TBI outpatient rehab, residential rehab, and general information services.

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What’s Initiation Deficit?
By: Dr. Celeste Campbell | Ask the Expert | July 1, 2010
Learn why it can be so difficult for people with brain injury to follow through with a plan or intention.

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Does the Label “Concussion” Change Treatment?
By: BrainLine | Research Update,BrainLine Kids | June 1, 2010
Kids who are diagnosed with a “concussion” might not be getting the care they need.

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Diagnosing Vision Problems After a Brain Injury
By: Gregory Goodrich, PhD | Ask the Expert | June 1, 2010
Figuring out the root of a child’s problems in school.

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Getting Help After a Second Brain Injury
By: Michael Paul Mason | Ask the Expert | April 1, 2010
Neuropsychological testing can help identify impairments and treatment options.

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Understanding TBI, Part 3: The Recovery Process
By: Thomas Novack, PhD and Tamara Bushnik, PhD | April 1, 2010
Learn about the stages of recovery after a TBI.

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Understanding TBI, Part 2: Brain Injury Impact on Individual Functioning
By: Thomas Novack, PhD and Tamara Bushnik, PhD | April 1, 2010
Learn how an injury affects different regions of the brain.

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Understanding TBI, Part 1: What Happens to the Brain During Injury and in the Early Stages of Recovery from TBI?
By: Thomas Novack, PhD and Tamara Bushnik, PhD | April 1, 2010
What exactly is a brain injury and what does recovery look like?

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¿Cuáles son las causas y los factores de riesgo para el traumatismo cerebral?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud | Spanish | March 15, 2010
Las causas de la TBI pueden abarcar desde las caídas hasta los accidentes automovilísticos. Entérese más.

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¿Qué cuidados médicos debe recibir un paciente con traumatismo cerebral?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud | Spanish | March 15, 2010
Manera cómo el personal médico trata de estabilizar al paciente y de evaluar el nivel de conciencia.

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¿Qué complicaciones inmediatas posteriores al trauma pueden ocurrir con traumatismo cerebral?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud | Spanish | March 15, 2010
Hay distintas complicaciones médicas que puedan surgir como consecuencia de la lesión al cerebro.

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Hurricane Preparedness, an Oxymoron: Are You Ever Really Prepared?
By: Gary S. Seale, MS and Brent E. Masel, MD | March 1, 2010
For people with brain injury or other disabilities, natural disasters can be even more disastrous.

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Sleep Medications May Have Unwanted Side Effects
By: BrainLine | Research Update | March 1, 2010
Some sleep medications cause cognitive problems post-TBI.

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Severe TBI Can Impact the Cardiac System in Boys
By: BrainLine | Research Update,BrainLine Kids | February 19, 2010
Study shows that severe TBI in boys can affect heart rate.

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Vision Issues After Brain Injury: BrainLine Talks with Dr. Gregory Goodrich
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | February 1, 2010
Vision problems are common after TBI since 40-50% of the brain is involved in vision.

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Deep White Matter Volume Loss — One Predictor of Recovery in Children
By: BrainLine | Research Update,BrainLine Kids | February 1, 2010
WMV loss may be one indicator of brain injury severity.

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Hemianopsia and Driving: Are We Asking the Right Questions?
By: Laura K. Windsor, O.D., F.A.A.O.  and Richard L. Windsor, O.D., F.A.A.O | January 1, 2010
The question really is "which people with hemianopsia can drive" not "can they?"

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Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | January 1, 2010
These facts are often overlooked. Learn more.

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons and Jails
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | January 1, 2010
Learn about this often underestimated correlation.

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What Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – and What Should Athletes Know?
By: Dr. Steven Flanagan | Ask the Expert | January 1, 2010
What is being done to help protect athletes from repetitive hits to the brain?

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Swallow Safely
By: Roya Sayadi and Joel Herskowitz | January 1, 2010
Swallowing problems after a TBI can be life-threatening. Learn how to recognize, prevent, and treat them.

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Scanning Training in Neurological Vision Loss
By: Paul Koons, Scott Johnson, John Kingston, and Gregory L. Goodrich | January 1, 2010
This paper discusses the need for comprehensive neurological vision rehab programs for returning troops with TBI and related visual problems.

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Revisiting the TBI and Gender Question After TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | December 8, 2009
More research is needed to determine if men and women recover differently from brain injury.

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Can Head Banging in Children Cause Brain Injury?
By: Gerard A. Gioia, PhD | Ask the Expert,BrainLine Kids | December 1, 2009
An unusual situation, but precautions should be taken to prevent TBI.

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Help for Undiagnosed Brain Injury
By: Dr. Celeste Campbell | Ask the Expert | December 1, 2009
A childhood fall can cause problems later.

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What Happens When a Brain Bleeds?
By: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD | Ask the Expert | November 1, 2009
Learn the difference between subdural and epidural hematomas.

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Do Men and Women Fare Differently After TBI?
By: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD | Ask the Expert | October 1, 2009
Learn what researchers know — and still don't know.

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How Best to Deal with Professionals Following Brain Injury
By: Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. | Ask the Expert | August 1, 2009
Get the most from your legal and medical appointments.

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Getting a Brain Injury Far from a Hospital
By: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD | Ask the Expert | August 1, 2009
What do we do if we don’t live near a trauma center?

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The Importance of Staying Involved After TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | July 1, 2009
Working or volunteering is good for the mind and body.

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Interventions For Behavioral Problems After Brain Injury
By: Carrie Beatty, CBIS | June 22, 2009
Success in adapting to changes after injury depends greatly on support from your social network.

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How to Deal with Conflicting Advice from Healthcare Professionals
By: Jeffrey Kreutzer and Taryn Stejskal | June 19, 2009
Sorting through different opinions and advice after a brain injury can be hard.

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Biologically Based Practices: An Overview
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | June 19, 2009
How vitamins, minerals, proteins, whole diets, and more can help.

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Manipulative and Body-Based Practices: An Overview
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | June 18, 2009
Learn about massage therapy, the Feldenkrais method, chiropractic manipulation, and more.

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Mind-Body Medicine: An Overview
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | June 18, 2009
An approach that treats the whole person.

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The Specifics of Neuropsych Tests
By: Dr. Celeste Campbell | Ask the Expert | May 1, 2009
Learn what you need to know — and ask for — from a neuropsych evaluation.

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Cognitive Therapy Gave Me the Anchor I Needed
By: Carolyn McCormack | Personal Stories | April 30, 2009
It wasn’t until six months after her car crash that this woman got the help she needed for her brain injury.

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When to Go to the Hospital
By: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD | Ask the Expert | April 1, 2009
Even a seemingly minor bump on the head can be dangerous.

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Selecting a CAM Practitioner
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | March 3, 2009
Find the right specialist.

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Are You Considering Using CAM?
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | March 3, 2009
What complementary and alternative medicine can offer.

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What Is CAM?
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | March 3, 2009
Learn about complementary and alternative medicine.

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10 Things to Know About Evaluating Medical Resources on the Web
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | March 3, 2009
Who can you trust on the web?

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Does Hypothermia Help Protect an Injured Brain?
By: BrainLine | Research Update | March 1, 2009
Looking at ways to decrease pressure in the brain.

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Energy Medicine: An Overview
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | January 1, 2009
Techniques to help the body and mind.

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Whole Medical Systems: An Overview
By: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | January 1, 2009
From homeopathy to acupuncture — approaches that may help the body heal itself.

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The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan
By: National Advisory Board of The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation | BrainLine Kids | January 1, 2009
Learn more about the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury plan.

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TBI Screening Tool
By: The Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, in collaboration with BrainLine | January 1, 2009
This tool can provide you with questions to ask when screening for a TBI, but remember that the interview should flow like a natural dialogue between you and the patient.

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The Benefits of Exercise After TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | January 1, 2009
Learn why strength begets strength, especially after TBI.

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An Interview with Joseph Giacino, PhD
By: Peter Patrick, PhD | January 1, 2009
Learn about the needs and care of individuals with disorders of consciousness.

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Realizing the Extent of the TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | January 1, 2009
How much insight do people have about their limitations?

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The Role of Race, Ethnicity, and TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | January 1, 2009
Why are African-Americans less satisfied with life one year post-TBI than other ethnic groups?

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Diffusion Tensor Imaging
By: BrainLine | Research Update | January 1, 2009
New neuro-imaging may give more specific information post-TBI.

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Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Test
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | BrainLine Kids | November 6, 2008
This screening tool can be used for the initial evaluation and diagnosis of people who have or may have had a concussion.

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What Impact Will Mild TBI Have on a Person's Life?
By: MSSM | August 23, 2008
Follow-up medical attention is crucial as symptoms can often go undetected.

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Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome
By: David Cifu, MD | March 24, 2008
One brain injury can be catastrophic, but multiple injuries can be life-changing, even fatal.

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Complications: Deep Vein Thrombosis
By: Brain Injury Team | January 1, 2008
When blood moves slowly, it can develop a deep vein thrombosis, or clot. Learn more about preventing possible blood clots after TBI.

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Complications: Swelling or Edema and Contractures
By: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Brain Injury Team | January 1, 2008
Learn how to prevent and manage swelling and contractures after a TBI.

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Brain Injury: Complications and Medical Problems
By: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-Brain Injury Team | January 1, 2008
Learn what can go wrong during hospitalization.

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Brain Injury: Common Tests and Procedures
By: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-Brain Injury Team | January 1, 2008
Information about common tests and procedures for people who have sustained a TBI.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Among Prisoners
By: Marlena M. Wald, MPH, MLS — Sharyl R. Helgeson, RN, BAN, PHN — Jean A. Langlois, ScD, MPH | January 1, 2008
Data suggest that the prevalence of a TBI history for prisoners may be as high as 10 times that of the general population.

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Who Are the Rehab Specialists?
By: Brain Injury Association of Arizona | January 1, 2008
This resource is a glossary that describes the different types of rehabilitation specialists.

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What is the Course of Treatment Post-TBI?
By: Mount Sinai Medical Center | January 1, 2008
Awareness and education are essential when it comes to treating brain injury.

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Severity of Brain Injury
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | BrainLine Kids | January 1, 2008
Every brain injury is unique, but what do these levels of severity really mean?

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Future Assessment Tools and Treatment Prospects
By: Steven R. Flanagan, Joshua B. Cantor, and Teresa A. Ashman | January 1, 2008
Using imaging to assess TBI.

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Cerebral Hypoxia
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | January 1, 2007
Oxygen is our lifeblood. Learn how a decrease of oxygen supply to the brain can occur after TBI.

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Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice Toolkit
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | January 1, 2007
An indispensible toolkit for physicians.

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Aerobic Exercise Following TBI
By: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury, Dept. of Rehabilitation | January 1, 2007
Exercise for people with TBI has enormous benefits  — both physically and mentally.

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TBI Consumer Report: Long-Term Post-TBI Health Problems
By: Mount Sinai Medical Center | January 1, 2007
Learn about related health problems like depression, thyroid problems, and headaches.

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons: A Review
By: Joanne M. McGee, PhD | January 1, 2006
Do the majority of people in prison have brain injuries?

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My Invisible Disability
By: Greg Noack | Personal Stories | January 1, 2006
One young man's story of how he brought light to tragedy.

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TBI Research Review: Unidentified Brain Injury
By: Mount Sinai School of Medicine | January 1, 2006
Sometimes people don't realize that problems like poor memory or behavioral changesa are a result of a "hidden" TBI.

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Integration of Neuropsychology in Educational Planning Following Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Peter L. Stavinoha | BrainLine Kids | January 1, 2005
Educators need to know what to look for and how to help students with TBI.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, and Stroke
By: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality | January 1, 2003
A guide on the strengths and limitations of HBOT for people with TBI.


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