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Connor Martin and his family donated his brother Kevin Ash's and evidence of CTE was discovered, a condition that can only be diagnosed after death. Kevin's family encourages others to donate as well so we can learn more about brain injuries and CTE.
Veteran Morgan Luttrell doesn't regret his military service, despite all the dangers he knew about going in. But the more we learn about the brain, the we can help prevent or repair those injuries to the brain.
With access to the medical records of over 500,000 veterans researchers would have invaluable data on the brain and, hopefully, help them find more efficient diagnosises and treaments for TBI patients like veteran Morgan Luttrell.
Veteran Morgan Luttrell wasn't interested in focusing his studies on brain injuries, but he quickly became a resource for those who had questions. Soon he was helping others by sharing his experiences and connections.
Veteran Morgan Luttrell traveled the country looking for help after the injuries to his brain and body. He found the most with Dr. James Kelly at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). They provided him with a whole picture and a plan.
Those in the military go through so much and that can lead to issues once they leave the service. They can get help for themselves by seeking out treatments, but they can also help others going through the same thing.
Veteran Jonathan Warren got five CT scans and five MRIs over the course of his military career and each time they found nothing to explain his changed behavior. Then he got an EEG and everything changed.
Veteran Jonathan Warren came back from service convinced he was fine -- until things started to change. Even though tests told him nothing was physically wrong, he new something wasn't right. So he took action. He dove in to finding treatments that might help -- and he started seeing results.
Karl Kajomo Moritz faced the ultimate life change when he was bicycle commuting home from work in 2010 and was hit head on by a car and spent five weeks in a coma. He woke up with a TBI and developed a healing plan with healthy eating, acupuncture, speech therapy, neurofeedback, and high cardio velodrome track riding.
Today there is more interest in concussions and their lingering effects, which has led to more funding and research. Dr. James Kelly sees the information gathering and treatment implemenation landscape growing even further as time goes on.
Dr. James Kelly talks about how a lot of people were interested in concussion in the 1980s. It's taken a long time, but more and more people have come on board with the view that brain injury is an important issue. This change is leading to more developments in the diagnosis and treatment of mTBI.