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Teen athletes sandbag concussion tests to stay in the game
By: Student Reporting Labs, PBS NewsHour | BrainLine Kids | February 4, 2016
What happens when the drive to play outweighs the potential risk of injury? Some high school athletes are finding ways around the precautions coaching and medical staff take to ensure their safety.

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in Amateur Athletes
By: Mayon Clinic | December 3, 2015
A new study suggests that vulnerability to CTE is not limited to professional athletes.

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How Does the IMPACT Baseline Test for Athletes Really Work?
Personal Stories | January 23, 2014
Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry describes how the computerized baseline test works and how it is used for athletes who have sustained a concussion.

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Future Treatments for Brain Injury, Not Just Brain Injury Symptoms
August 30, 2013
Dr. Robert Cantu talks about  various therapies like hyperbaric oxygen chambers and omega-3 fatty acids that may prove to be effective wasy to treat  brain injury, not just its symptoms.

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Medical Care Issues for Adolescents with Brain Injury
BrainLine Kids | July 2, 2013
Not having coordinated medical care after a TBI can complicate matters, especially for adolescents who are trying to transition to independent adulthood.

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Extending Use of Biomarkers to Pediatric Population with TBI
BrainLine Kids | April 2, 2013
Researchers and clinicians hope to make using biomarkers to diagnose TBI in infants or even in pre-natal cord blood a reality.

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What the Future Might Hold for Treating Brain Injury
April 2, 2013
Neuroscientist Dr. Ronald Hayes talks about how, in the future, doctors will be able to map a person's genome, which could help how treatments are developed for brain injury.

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More Science and Insight into Biomarkers for TBI
April 2, 2013
The more developed biomarkers become through research, the more clinicians will understand the biochemical changes in the brain from injury and how to treat the effects.

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What Exactly Is a Biomarker?
April 2, 2013
A biomarker is any measurement that provides information on a patient's specific organ or organ system. A blood biomarker test like that used to test heart attack is greatly needed for TBI.

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The Future of Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury
April 2, 2013
No one can definitively predict the future, but neuroscientist Dr. Ronald Hayes offers his thoughts on how developing research will help diagnosing and treating brain injury more effectively.

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The Need for an Objective TBI Test
April 2, 2013
Neuroscientist Dr. Ronald Hayes talks about how a blood biomarker would be a powerful adjunct to imaging and in-person evaluations when testing someone for a brain injury.

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The Evolution of a Complex Brain
March 18, 2013
Dr. Van Wedeen explains that evolution of the brain must occur with small changes — from a small change in the genome to a small change in the structure to a small change, ultimately, in function.

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Continuous Connectivity Helps with the Brain's Neuroplasticity
March 18, 2013
Dr. Van Wedeen explains that unlike a telephone switchboard where each wire is unique with no relation to the wires around it, wires in the brain have similar functions to their neighboring areas.

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Understanding the Brain's Connectivity on Cellular and Mechanistic Levels
March 18, 2013
In 1993, some researchers decried: "It is intolerable that we do not have a knowledge of the connectivity of the human brain." Do we know more now?

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Are the Brain's Axonal Corners Particularly Vulnerable to Breakage?
March 18, 2013
Like the leg of a table breaking off where the leg meets the table top, cerebral fibers in the brain have sharp branches and turns, which might make them particularly vulnerable to inertial trauma.

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What Exactly Is Diffusion Spectral Imaging?
March 12, 2013
Neuroscientist Van Wedeen talks about how in diffusion spectral imaging water is used as a tracer to figure out the directions and crossings that fibers in the brain take.

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How Diffusion Spectral Imaging Shows the Brain's Architecture
March 11, 2013
Dr. Van Wedeen explains how DSI shows the fiber architecture of the brain and how all the 3-D axes fit together as a whole to form a "highly deformed grid."

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What Brain Research Is Revealing Through Neuroimaging
March 11, 2013
Neuroscientist Van Wedeen talks about how the brain is more than a random network of connections in and within the various areas of the brain.

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The Science and Art of Neuropathology
February 28, 2013
Neuropathology is like looking at the last frame of a movie. You can deduce a lot from that frame but what you can't deduce is the arc of the story that culminated in that final frame.

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Decoding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
February 28, 2013
Dr. Lee Goldstein explains what exactly this bonafide brain disease is as well as the rogue protein, tau, and how trauma is associated.

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The Bobblehead Effect of Repetitive Brain Trauma
February 28, 2013
Dr. Lee Goldstein explains how the axons, capillaries, and blood vessels in the brain are sheared when a "bobblehead" head on a rigid neck accelerates back and forth.

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How Are Football Brain Injuries and Blast Injuries the Same?
February 28, 2013
Researchers like Dr. Lee Goldstein are studying the effects of repetitive brain injury whether sustained over a season on the football field or in milliseconds from one combat blast.

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The Pathology of CTE Versus That of Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
February 28, 2013
So far, research shows that chronic traumatic encephalopathy does not occur in people who have not sustained repetitive hits to the head either in sports or in combat.

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Why the Therapeutic Window Is So Important When Treating TBI
February 8, 2013
It can take hours from the time someone sustains a moderate to severe TBI for doctors to diagnose, test, and attain consent to use an experimental drug like methamphetamine.

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The Use of Low-Dose, Non-Toxic, Methamphetamine for Treating Brain Injury
February 8, 2013
Dr. David Poulsen talks about the use of low-dose, non-toxic methamphetamine for treating people with moderate to severe TBI within 12 hours of injury.

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Methamphetamine Can Be Neuroprotective After a Brain Injury
February 8, 2013
"The difference between poison and a cure is the dose," so explains Dr. David Poulsen about methamphetamine as a treatment for TBI.

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How Methamphetamine Can Help Improve Function After Brain Injury
February 8, 2013
Researchers are testing methamphatemine to study its effect on mobility and cognitive function after a moderate to severe brain injury.

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High Hopes for Blood Biomarkers to Diagnose Brain Injury in Young Children
BrainLine Kids | January 9, 2013
Pediatrician Rachel Berger talks about her research on blood biomarkers that could be used in the emergency setting to test for brain injury in babies and young children.

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The Dangers of Creating "Vulnerable Child Syndrome"
BrainLine Kids | January 9, 2013
Parents need to balance their awareness of a child's mild TBI with letting that worry get in the way of the child's normal development.

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The Specifics of Abusive Head Trauma
BrainLine Kids | January 9, 2013
Abusive head trauma includes Shaken Baby Syndrome but also includes other injuries inflicted by an adult on a child.

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CT Scans Versus MRIs for Imaging a Child's Brain
BrainLine Kids | January 9, 2013
Both CTs and MRIs come with risks — from sedative drugs to levels of radiation. Depending on the severity of brain injury, parents and doctors should always consider the risk-benefit ratio.

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More Research and Attention Needed for Pediatric Brain Injury
BrainLine Kids | January 9, 2013
Pediatrician Rachel Berger talks about how pediatric brain injury is behind that of adult brain injury in research and process.

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How to Treat Children with TBI
BrainLine Kids | January 9, 2013
Unlike adults, children with a brain injury may not manifest any issues until they fail to reach a new developmental stage. Earlier intervention is always advisable, but diagnosis can be tricky.

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Making Connections Between a TBI and Later Developmental Issues
BrainLine Kids | January 9, 2013
Pediatrician Rachel Berger talks about the importance of being aware of a child's early concussion in case later he or she has trouble reading or is acting out ... the two may be connected.

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Using Solution-Focused Questions in Therapy After a TBI
January 8, 2013
Therapist Taryn Stejskal talks about the Solution-Focused Therapy Model that uses questions like the Exception Question and the Miracle Question to help people engage in their own problem solving.

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The Importance of Constituent-Specific TBI Support Groups
January 8, 2013
Joining a TBI support group with others dealing specifically with the same issues can make a world of difference.

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Could CTE Be Diagnosed in People Before Death?
January 8, 2013
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy can only be tested post-mortem, but George Visger, who suffers from hydrocephalus, has offered his brain for testing next time he needs brain surgery.

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Improvements with Hyperbaric Treatment for TBI
January 3, 2013
Retired NFL Player George Visger says various treatments including hyperbaric treatment has helped greatly with his issues with short-term memory, sleep disturbance, and anger management.

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Clinical Practice and Research on TBI Now and Going Forward
November 9, 2012
Dr. Ron Broughton of Brookhaven Hospital talks about measuring outcome, the importance of looking at the person as a whole and not as an injury, and erasing the stigma of TBI.

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The Balancing Act of Caring for a Loved One with TBI
November 1, 2012
Dr. James Malec suggests caregivers try to be alert to symptoms that may develop post-injury like sleep disturbance or depression, but to lean on the side of trying not to worry too much.

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The "Whatever It Takes" Model for Brain Injury Recovery
November 1, 2012
Holistic rehab is the "whatever it takes" model. Balance issues may be treated by a PT and depression by a psychologist, but therapies overlap for the outcome of the whole person.

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The Challenges of Measuring Outcome in Brain Injury
November 1, 2012
Dr. James Malec talks about the difficulties of measuring outcome in TBI since targeted outcomes can range from the patient opening his eyes to managing headaches to getting back to work.

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Studies to Help Treat People with TBI Helping People without TBI, Too
November 1, 2012
Researchers are finding that issues like depression that plague people with TBI are not that different from how they affect people without TBI.

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What Is the Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory?
November 1, 2012
Designed to measure post-acute outcome, the Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory helps providers measure the progress of people with TBI and tailor appropriate treatment plans.

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Dr. James Malec Talks About Cognitive Rehabilitation
November 1, 2012
Cognitive rehab for people with TBI includes any intervention that addresses cognitive problems — from using a smartphone to help with memory to developing particular visual-spatial skills.

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The Pleiotropic Nature of Progesterone When Used to Treat TBI
October 25, 2012
The most damage from a TBI does not come from the injury itself but from the secondary consequences. Learn how progesterone can help because of its pleiotropic nature.

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Progesterone Helps Stop "Indiscrimate Cleaning" of Cells After Brain Injury
October 25, 2012
When the brain is injured, the body's reparative system calls in the "clean-up cells." Unfortunately, they clean indiscriminately, which can cause more damage.

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Bringing an Immersive Neuropsych Tool to the Sidelines and to Theater
October 25, 2012
Dr. David Wright talks about a heads-up display unit that, with active white noise reduction, takes the neurotesting room to the sidelines or to combat.

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Raised Awareness of TBI Has Helped Boost Research Efforts
October 25, 2012
It's disheartening for physicians to have to tell families with a loved one with severe TBI that, to date, there is no definitive treatment besides waiting and offering support.

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Gaps and Challenges in TBI Research and What Next 5-10 Years Could Bring
October 25, 2012
In the next 5-10 years, we could see revolutionary changes to the way brain injury is treated, diagnosed, managed, and understood as an overall disease process.

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The Back Story of the Brain Injury Progesterone Study
October 25, 2012
Dr. David Wright explains how Dr. Donald Stein first started studying progesterone as a way to prevent swelling in the brain after a brain injury.

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Progesterone Case Study: Remarkable Recovery
October 25, 2012
The story of one young man gives researchers like Dr. David Wright great hope that progesterone can be an effective treatment to help people recover from moderate to severe TBI.

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How and When Progesterone Is Administered After a Brain Injury
October 25, 2012
In the Phase III trial, humans are given natural progesterone — which comes from yams — within a four-hour window when it can coat the brain and offer neuro protection.

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How Do You Get a Patient's Consent to Be in a Trial If He is Unconscious?
October 25, 2012
Dr. David Wright talks about the PROTECT III trial studying the use of progesterone for moderate to severe TBI and how you get patients' consent.

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From Bench to Bedside: Getting Progesterone Ready for Full Availability
October 25, 2012
Once the efficacy study proves definitively that progesterone works as a treatment for moderate to severe TBI and is FDA-approved, progesterone would be a cheap and readily available drug.

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Measuring the Forces of Blows or Blasts to the Head
October 23, 2012
The NFL and the military are currenty testing how better to detect and understand concussions through various mechanisms like sensors in helmets, mouthpieces, and earpieces.

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What Exactly Happens After a Concussion?
October 23, 2012
NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee Co-Chair Dr. Richard Ellenbogen talks about the lack of a definitive tool to diagnose brain injury, but what techniques we do have to keep athletes safe.

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Decades Beyond the Three-Finger Test for Sports-Related Concussion
October 23, 2012
NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee Co-Chair Dr. Richard Ellenbogen talks about the NFL's more evolved sidelines test and the Madden Rule.

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Neuropsych Exam Versus Imaging for Brain Injuries
BrainLine Kids | August 28, 2012
A full neuropsychological evaluation of a child with a mild brain injury can often tell more about the nature of the damage and its functional effects than imaging screens like CAT scans or MRIs.

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Do I Have a Brain Injury? And What Can I Do About It?
By: Brain Injury Research Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine | August 20, 2012
What is unidentified traumatic brain injury? Learn how it can happen and what can be done about it from people with brain injury and experts in the field.

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What Cognitive Rest Really Means
By: BrainLIne | BrainLine Kids | June 28, 2012
Cognitive rest after a brain injury for kids means a break from sports and intense school work. It also means no tweeting, texting, internet, cell phone ...

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Cómo obtener ayuda y apoyo técnico después de una lesión cerebral militar
By: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center | Spanish | April 6, 2012
Lidiar con una lesión cerebral puede ser algo frustrante y aislante. Pero tú no estás solo.

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BrainLineMilitary.org: Getting Help and Support After a Military Brain Injury
By: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center | April 5, 2012
Struggling with a brain injury can be frustrating and isolating. But you are not alone.

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COL Dallas Hack, MD: The Day Before 9.11
By: BrainLine | March 8, 2012
COL Hack arrived for his first assignment in theater in the Middle East the day before 9.11. His work multiplied, but his commitment to helping wounded soldiers remained his main interest.

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Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Brain Injuries
March 1, 2012
Understanding the biomechanics of the neck from injury is crucial for diagnosing and treating TBI. Learn why getting hit from the side is more damaging than getting hit straight on.

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Sorting Through Evidence While Researching Concussion
February 9, 2012
Learning more about concussion through research is like looking at a photograph -- some pixels will be more clear and defined than others.

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Do Not Ignore Neck Injuries
February 9, 2012
Helmets do a lot to prevent brain injuries, but the dynamics of head and neck movement should be part of the prevention equation, too.

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More Research Is Needed on the Dynamics of Neck Motion
February 9, 2012
You can't have a head without a neck ... more research is needed on how the neck moves and what impact those movements have on shearing within the brain during injury.

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Understanding the Nuances of Shearing Injuries in the Brain
February 9, 2012
Shearing is the stretching and tearing of the tiny nerve cells that comprise the brain. Learn more about the research and neuroimgaging that shearing can cause when the brain is injured.

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Learn How Predictive Timing Stems from Attention
February 9, 2012
Learn how predictive timing stems from attention and how that timing becomes out of synch and variable for people post-TBI.

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First Standard Guidelines for Brain Injury Trauma Care
February 9, 2012
In 1995, the first evidence-based guidelines endorsed by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons were published. But implementing them for equal care for all proved to be more difficult.

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Evidence-Based Medicine Leads to Better Outcomes
February 9, 2012
Trauma centers that comply with evidence-based medicine for TBI — or any medical condition, for that matter — should be certified and given incentives.

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Eye Tracking Technology to Test TBI Symptoms
By: BrainLine | February 9, 2012
Eye tracking technology is dynamic and quick. One test takes 30 seconds and picks up hundreds of data points per second.

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Start with Low-Hanging Fruit in TBI Treatment
February 9, 2012
Much good basic science research has and continues to get done, but mostly in silos. Standardizing what is known in clinical practice would be the smart way to optimize care for people with TBI.

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Using Knowledge for Better TBI Patient Outcome
February 9, 2012
The standard medical guidelines published in 1995 have already significantly improved outcome, but more knowledge and change in doctors and the public is necessary to continue to improve outcome in people with TBI.

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Attention Is a Person's Window on the World
February 9, 2012
People with TBI can usually process information, though it may happen slowly or may "be off." More research is needed.

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Five Wheels on an Ambulance
By: BrainLine | February 2, 2012
Doing whatever possible to get better outcomes for people with brain injury is crucial whether through research, diagnosis, treatment or a combination of all of them.

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Dr. Jamshid Ghajar: Multiple Definitions of Concussion
By: BrainLine | February 2, 2012
Concussions have been around since the beginning of time, but our knowledge and treatment of them are and need to be vastly different. It all starts with the need for one, sound definition.

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Emergency Room Considerations for People with Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | December 1, 2011
Getting to an ER is crucial after a TBI, especially for an injury that is on the more severe side. The quicker doctors can do a CAT scan of the brain, the quicker they can act on their diagnosis.

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Diagnosing TBI in the ER
By: BrainLine | December 1, 2011
For mild TBIs, making a clear diagnosis can be difficult. There are CAT scans and physical and neuropsych evaluations. But in the future there may be simple, revealing blood tests.

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Understanding Diffuse Axonal Injury
By: Georgia Health Sciences University | November 21, 2011
Diffuse axonal injury affects nerve fibers, which can lead to a  disruption in nerve communication — affecting a person's physical and cognitive abilities.

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Understanding Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
By: Georgia Health Sciences University | November 21, 2011
A car crash, for instance, can cause subarachnoid hemorrhage — bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain.

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Understanding Subdural Hematoma
November 21, 2011
Usually the result of a serious brain injury, a subdural hematoma is a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.

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Stem Cell Transplant Versus Drug Therapy for Severe TBI
By: BrainLine | October 28, 2011
Researchers are weighing the risks versus the rewards of using stem cell transplants with people with severe traumatic brain injury.

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Careful, Thoughtful Stem Cell "Revival" Needed in TBI Research
By: BrainLine | October 28, 2011
Researchers believe that the therapeutic value of stem cell therapy for brain injury is there, but much important work still needs to be done.

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Repeat Concussions
By: BrainLine | October 28, 2011
Playing sports has many benefits for kids, but there needs to be more awareness of the potentially life-changing effects of repeat concussion.

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Tackling the Public Health Problem of Brain Injury
October 28, 2011
Dr. David Hovda talks about the problems of misdiagnosis and how efforts to increase awareness and prevention could help athletes and soldiers.

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The Implications of Recent Research on the Brain
October 28, 2011
Find out more about the implications of recent data on traumatic brain injury.

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Finding a Balance: Sports and Safety
By: BrainLine | October 28, 2011
Yes, some sports could be safer — and should be — but not participating in sports at all is like being a boat that never sets sail.

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A Hero's Message Can Go a Long Way for TBI Awareness
By: BrainLine | October 28, 2011
Professional athletes could help educate the myriad kids who look up to them by being upfront about the dangers of brain injury.

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The Need for "Brain Fuel" After a TBI
By: BrainLine | October 28, 2011
The brain is only 2% of a person's body mass, but it takes 20% of the body's energy. The brain's need for energy increases exponentially after a TBI.

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Make Sure to Get Appropriate Help and Treatment After a TBI
By: BrainLine | June 9, 2011
Being aware of symptoms post TBI is crucial to getting the appropriate medical treatment.

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Dr. Aditya Bhagwat: Importance of TBI Awareness
By: BrainLine | May 27, 2011
Before finding the best treatments, knowing what a TBI is exactly is crucial.

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Dr. James Kelly: Making a Sound Diagnosis for Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | May 27, 2011
Making a good diagnosis for TBI involves taking thorough histories.

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Choosing a Rehabilitation Hospital for Your Loved One
By: BrainLine | May 27, 2011
Learn what's important when choosing a rehab hospital for a loved one with TBI.

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Therapeutic Hypothermia for People with Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | April 5, 2011
Cooling people who have sustained a brain injury is not new therapy. But, it is getting more advanced, and the risks are minimal.

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What Is Therapeutic Hypothermia?
By: BrainLine | April 5, 2011
Learn what therapeutic hypothermia is and how it can help people with a severe TBI immediately following the initial impact of injury.

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Types of Neuroimaging
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Which MRIs are best? And what other imaging techniques are available for diagnosing TBI?

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Why Are Girls More Likely to Sustain a TBI in Sports?
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
The hormonal and morphological structures in girls make them more vulnerable to TBIs than boys.

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The Dangers and Misunderstandings of a Second TBI
By: BrainLine | BrainLine Kids | March 15, 2011
Hear what happens to one young girl who has a minor TBI while snowboarding ... and a serious car crash months before.

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Does Your Child Have a TBI — or Is It Something Else?
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
If there was no fall or accident to which to tie TBI symptoms, it is best to get your child a full neuropsychologic evaluation.

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Basic Signs and Symptoms of TBI
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Learn the basic signs and symptoms of a brain injury from loss of consciousness to changes in behavior.

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Seeing the Right Specialist After a TBI
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
With any medical condition, it is crucial to see an expert in that field. This is particularly true with brain injury.

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Medivisuals, Inc. | February 9, 2011
This animation gives an overview of the frequency of TBI — from causes and symptoms to available diagnostic imaging techniques and basic information on brain anatomy.

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Cascade Effect of Single Axon Loss
By: Medivisuals, Inc. | February 9, 2011
This animation shows how neurons in the brain transfer information, and how those signals can fail if the neurons are broken or damaged.

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Craniotomy Surgery
By: Medivisuals, Inc. | February 9, 2011
This animation shows what steps are involved in a craniotomy — a surgical procedure in which a bone flap is temporarily removed from the skull, often performed to alleviate significant swelling of the brain.

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Abnormal Brain CTs
By: Medivisuals, Inc. | February 9, 2011
This animation illustrates the differences between injured and uninjured brain tissue.

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What's Forensic Neuropsychology?
By: BrainLine | February 7, 2011
Forensic neuropsychology focuses on data often used in legal settings. Learn more.

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Testing Memory, Attention, Behavior, and Much More
By: BrainLine | February 7, 2011
A neuropsych evaluation after a brain injury covers wide ground from visual deficits to memory problems.

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What Does a Neuropsychologist Do, Exactly?
By: BrainLine | February 7, 2011
Neuropsychologists look at the interplay between what a person's brain does and how he acts in his life -- emotionally, physically, socially, and so forth.

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Early Neuropsych Evaluation Helps Formulate Rehab Plan
By: BrainLine | February 7, 2011
Results from a neurospychological exam conducted soon after a TBI will help formulate the rehabilitiation plan.

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What Is Tau and Its Role in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?
By: BrainLine.org | December 10, 2010
Tau protein shows up in the brain in other neurodegenerative diseases, but only in this unique, tangled pattern in CTE.

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Pathology: Still the Most Useful Technique for Studying Diseased Brains
December 10, 2010
MRIs and CT scans are incredible technology, but pathology still provides an indispensable map, especially when studying a diseased brain.

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Game Changers
By: Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University | December 1, 2010
“Brown Is Bad, Brown Is Cell Death.” Learn about the research behind chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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Educating Providers in Outside Programs About Traumatic Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | November 12, 2010
Service providers in programs like counseling or substance abuse need to know about a person's TBI and tailor pathways for success

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Get Help and Education About a Loved One's TBI as Soon as Possible
By: BrainLine.org | October 28, 2010
A case manager's job is to help someone with TBI facilitate from one stage of treatment to the next.

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The Role of Baseline Testing
By: BrainLine.org | October 20, 2010
Baseline neurocognitive assessment in sports is becoming more popular — and more useful for helping players better recover from one or more concussions.

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"Mild TBI" Versus "Concussion": Reactions Based on Terminology
By: BrainLine | October 20, 2010
No need to add more stress and anxiety by using the term "mild brain injury" instead of "concussion."

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Child Brain Versus Adult Brain with Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Brainline | BrainLine Kids | July 29, 2010
Studies show that a child's brain is more vulnerable to the effects of a brain injury and takes longer to recover. Learn more.

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Second Impact Syndrome in Children
By: BrainLine | BrainLine Kids | July 24, 2010
What happens if a young athlete doesn't take the proper amount of time to recover after a concussion before sustaining another?

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The Consequences of Shaken Baby Syndrome
By: Brainline | BrainLine Kids | July 23, 2010
An infant's brain is incredibly vulnerable to injury. The violent shaking of shaken baby syndrome can cause severe brain injury, disabling that child forever.

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How Can Physicians Best Help Families with Children with Brain Injury?
By: BrainLine.org | BrainLine Kids | June 8, 2010
Especially with children with brain injury, health professionals need to think outside the "medical model."

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Care for Brain Injury in the United States Versus Canada
June 8, 2010
Do the differences in short- and long-term care for TBI in these two countries make a difference in outcome?

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What Impact Can Age Have on a Child's Injury?
By: BrainLine.org | BrainLine Kids | June 8, 2010
Learn what symptoms and signs to look for in your child with TBI -- whether the injury happened at 3 years of age, or 12 years.

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Common Problems Children Have After a Traumatic Brain Injury
By: BrainLine.org | BrainLine Kids | June 8, 2010
Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion or brain injury so you can get the best help for your child.

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Emotional and Behavioral Changes in Children After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine.org | BrainLine Kids | June 8, 2010
Everything affects the outcome after a TBI -- from the severity of the injury to the ongoing support of family, friends, and community.

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What Factors Affect Outcome After a Brain Injury?
By: BrainLine | June 8, 2010
Everything affects the outcome after a TBI -- from the severity of the injury to the ongoing support of family, friends, and community.

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Why is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Hard to Diagnose?
By: BrainLine | June 8, 2010
Making a connection between social and academic challenges and a past TBI can be crucial for a child's success.

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Why Predicting Outcomes After Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be Limiting
May 27, 2010
Learn about someone who went from being in a fatal coma to becoming a professional athlete and educator.

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What to Do If Your Child's Symptoms Are Not Abating
BrainLine Kids | May 25, 2010
Oftentimes a child sustains a TBI but her CT or MRI scan shows nothing. If symptoms persist, seek out a specialist.

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The Role of Imaging in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
BrainLine Kids | May 25, 2010
New imaging technology is helping show what's normal versus not normal development in a pediatric brain. Learn more.

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What If Your MRI is "Clean" Post-Brain Injury?
May 25, 2010
An estimated 95 percent of people with TBI in the US leave the hospital with a clean CT or MRI scan. But what if symptoms continue to persist?

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Targeting Teachers in Treating Brain Injury in Children
BrainLine Kids | May 25, 2010
Ninety-nine percent of services kids will need after a TBI will be in the school setting. Teachers are key.

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What Are the Latest Advancements in Imaging Techniques for Traumatic Brain Injury
May 25, 2010
Are neurons dying? What is the brain tissue doing? How is the blood flow in the brain? Learn what specialized imaging techniques can tell us.

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What Is Diffuse Axonal Injury?
May 25, 2010
Learn more about how axons in the brain can be torn and sheared during an injury, interrupting communications within the brain.

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What Imaging Techniques Are Used to Diagnose Traumatic Brain Injury?
May 25, 2010
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the standard imaging tool used to diagnose traumatic brain injury, but other tools are being developed to "see" more.

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Research on the Impact of Age at Injury
May 18, 2010
Is a soldier — or civilian — at 18 going to recover better from a TBI than he will at 32? Find out what the research says.

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Not All Nutritional Supplements Are Safe After Brain Injury
By: Brian D. Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | December 1, 2009
Nutritional supplements can have positive — and negative effects on short-term memory.

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The Pros and Cons of Taking Preventative Anti-Seizure Meds
By: Brian D. Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | September 1, 2009
Waiting or preventing: what’s the best choice?

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Working Towards Independence
April 29, 2009
What barriers can therapists encounter when working with families helping a loved one?

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Caron Gan Talks About Being a Family Therapist
BrainLine Kids | April 29, 2009
Learn about the work of a family therapist.

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Caron Gan Talks About Using Her Cultural Background to Her Advantage
April 29, 2009
This marriage and family therapist talks about her Chinese-Canadian heritage and how it comes into play in her everyday practice.

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Caron Gan Talks About The Brain Injury Intervention Protocol
April 29, 2009
Learn what treatment should include.

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Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian Talks About What Interested him About Traumatic Brain Injury
April 1, 2009
What got this emergency physician interested in traumatic brain injury?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian Talks About Treatment of TBI in the Emergency Department
April 1, 2009
What happens when you arrive in the ER with a brain injury?

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Using Biomarkers to Detect Traumatic Brain Injury
April 1, 2009
Is there — or will there be — a simple blood test to detect TBI?

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Dr. Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla Talks About Differences Between Caucasians and Minorities in TBI Cases
April 1, 2009
In what ways are these ethnic groups treated the same or differently?

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Dr. Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla Talks About the Importance of Family in Hispanic Culture
April 1, 2009
The role of family differs culture to culture.

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Dr. Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla Talks About Disparity of Care for Minorities
April 1, 2009
Why is cultural competency so important?

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Dr. Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla Talks About Cultural Differences in Treatment of TBI
April 1, 2009
Do people from non-US cultures get treated differently after a TBI?

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Treating the Patient and Avoiding Stove Piping
March 4, 2009
BrainLine talks with Dr. Maria Mouratidis about the treating the patient and avoiding stove piping.

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Neurologist James Kelly and NHL Great Pat LaFontaine: Neuropsychology Test
February 3, 2009
See what kinds of skills are involved.

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Neurologist James Kelly and NHL Great Pat LaFontaine: Cranial Nerve Test
February 3, 2009
Watch what this test entails.

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BrainLine Talks with Dr. Nathan Zasler About Diagnosis and Care After TBI
January 26, 2009
Dr. Zasler offers advice about recovery strategies after sustaining a brain injury.

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Caregiving and TBI: What You Need to Know
January 26, 2009
BrainLine's webcast "Caregiving and TBI: What You Need to Know" offers ideas and strategies for people caring for a loved one with TBI.

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After the Injury: Acute Care and TBI
January 26, 2009
Information on the medical care provided following a TBI — from the first moments in an ER to the collaboration between the family and medical team to create and individual treatment plan.

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Michael Paul Mason Talks About What Happens to People Post-TBI
December 1, 2008
BrainLine got the chance to catch up with Michael Paul Mason to talk about what happens to people after they sustain a TBI.


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