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USA Today | Aug 16, 2019

With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help.

Science Magazine | Aug 8, 2019

 A new study shows playing just one season of college football can harm a player’s brain, even if they don’t receive a concussion.

EurekAlert! | Aug 7, 2019

For 8-million adults who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in any given year, medication and cognitive therapy have been the treatment protocol. Now, University of Houston assistant professor of electrical engineering Rose T. Faghih is reporting in Frontiers in Neuroscience that a closed-loop brain stimulator, based on sweat response, can be developed not only for PTSD patients, but also for those who suffer an array of neuropsychiatric disorders.

The Associated Press | Aug 5, 2019

New Mexico state health officials are seeking to shore up and standardize safeguards against brain injuries in youth sports beyond schools in non-scholastic athletic leagues and clubs.

The Mighty | Aug 5, 2019

I get it — my forgetting is annoying. My fiancé could not understand why I can remember some things, but forget we made plans six hours ago. It’s a fair question. I thought about it and here’s what I came up with:

CNN | Jul 29, 2019

Traumatic brain injuries among children and teens in the United States are most often associated with everyday consumer products and activities, such as home furnishings and fixtures or sports, according to a new study.

Forbes | Jul 29, 2019

In English (but also in other languages, like Italian) there’s an impressive number of ways to pejoratively define someone suffering from a mental disorder or places and situations related to mental illness: crazy, lunatic, psycho, nut-job, whacko, freak, basket case, loony bin, bughouse. And the list goes on.

Unfortunately, those words are often used as an insult against someone we disagree with.

The New York Times | Jul 26, 2019

Catchers are vulnerable to head trauma from balls glancing off hitters’ bats and into their masks, but, unlike in other sports, they must leave the game for good or deal with the effects.

EurekAlert! | Jul 25, 2019

Simple (non-invasive) tests based on physical signs are not sufficiently sensitive to detect increased intracranial pressure (ICP), a life-threatening build-up of pressure around the brain due to a head injury or illness, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

Bustle | Jul 22, 2019

Neurologists explain to Bustle that PTSD actually has a complicated relationship with the brain — and that while there are clearly many ways in which PTSD changes neurobiology, there are a huge amount of unanswered questions about what PTSD looks like in the brain and why.

Yahoo! Lifestyle | Jul 22, 2019

A caregiver could be a spouse, a sibling, a parent, or someone else entirely. What makes a caregiver special is their innate ability to see PTSD symptoms as symptoms instead of writing the behaviors off as bad character. But, of course, the symptoms of PTSD can take a huge toll on the veteran and the caregiver. So when a caregiver reaches out for help, or to vent — do not say these things.

CNN | Jul 19, 2019

Jason Kander was considered a rising star in the Democratic party, but he made headlines when he suddenly dropped out of the race to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. "I was afraid of the stigma. ... But it's just getting worse," he wrote. "So, after 11 years of trying to outrun depression and PTSD symptoms, I have finally concluded that it's faster than me. That I have to stop running, turn around, and confront it."

The Washington Post | Jul 18, 2019

Prichard Colón was a boxer, a talented and promising one, but during a match in October 2015 he suffered a major brain injury that nearly killed him before leaving him in a coma for seven months. His road to recovery is slow and emotional.

The National Law Review | Jul 18, 2019

A new study published in JAMA Neurology further debunks the myth often heard by defense doctors in litigation: everyone recovers from an mTBI within 6 to 8 weeks.

American Academy of Neurology | Jul 17, 2019

Athletes who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be at greater risk for experiencing persistent anxiety and depression after a concussion than people who do not have ADHD, according to a preliminary study.

American Academy of Neurology | Jul 17, 2019

The style of tackling used in rugby may be associated with a lower force of impact than the style used in football, according to a preliminary study of college athletes released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference in Indianapolis July 26-28, 2019.

"For athletes who participate in a sport that involves a tackle or direct contact, adapting a rugby-style tackle where the players lead with their shoulders, not their heads, could make college sports safer," said study author Zach Garrett, DHS, of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

The New York Times Magazine | Jul 17, 2019

While the V.A. covers the veterinary care and the equipment costs of service dogs for veterans with certain physical disabilities, like blindness or vision impairment, department leaders have long contended that there isn’t enough clinical evidence to prove their benefits for treating mental-health issues. “I would say there are a lot of heartwarming stories that service dogs help, but scientific basis for that claim is lacking,” Dr. Michael Fallon, the V.A.’s chief veterinarian, said during an interview with National Public Radio in 2017. “The V.A. is based on evidence-based medicine. We want people to use therapy that has proven value.” 

The V.A. is currently conducting research into the effectiveness of service dogs, but the process has been slow. Research started in 2011 was supposed to wrap up in 2015 but has repeatedly been stalled by problems with the study’s design and execution. In May, the V.A. said the findings of the study, which has cost $16 million to date, would be released to the public in 2020.

The Washington Post | Jul 17, 2019

Offering retreats and classes for veterans and their families, Project Sanctuary helps veterans adjust to life as a civilian. “I just felt like everyone was out to get me, like I would explode if I went outside,” said veteran Allen Rogers. With families, Project Sanctuary helps them adjust to life with someone changed by their service. “If we’re only focused on soldiers and their needs, we are leaving out a massive side of the story,” says Jasmine Townsend, a professor of recreational therapy at Clemson University.

The Science Times | Jul 16, 2019

A study of high school and college football players suggests that biomarkers in the blood may have potential use in identifying which players are more likely to need a longer recovery time after concussion, according to a study published in the July 3, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The Science Times | Jul 15, 2019

Acute brain injury can result in significant damage and loss of consciousness, and it may warrant life support and admission to an intensive care unit. It is when a complex journey towards recovery begins, sometimes it involves daily life and death battles. Once the condition of the patient stabilizes, the question is will they ever wake up?

U.S. News and World Report | Jul 11, 2019

"One in 3 women in the United States has experienced intimate partner violence. What we found leads us to believe that many people are walking around with undiagnosed brain injury," said lead researcher Julianna Nemeth.

The Boston Globe | Jul 9, 2019

In 2008, during a preseason football scrimmage for Buckingham Browne & Nichols, 16-year-old Zach McLeod suffered a blow to the head that caused an acute internal brain bleed. “He survived, but part of his brain did not,” says Zach’s father, Pat. He and his wife, Tammy, describe their experience dealing with this change as one of "ambiguous loss."

The New York Times | Jul 8, 2019

Caring for someone who's suffered a stroke can be challenging. “People don’t know what to do and they usually can’t guess,” caregiver Kelly Renzoni said. “Until you’re in this kind of situation, you have no clue what it’s like.” She offers her insights and advice on how to navigate the caregiver's role on the road to recovery.

Reader's Digest | Jul 3, 2019

“I knew something wasn’t right but I really didn’t think too much of it,” says the 30-year-old Lauren Barnathan. She ignored the symptoms of her stroke and it cost her a full recovery. Now she's on a mission to educate others about the signs - and encourage them to act before it's too late.

Scientific American | Jul 2, 2019

Shutting down an inflammatory molecule could potentially provide treatment days after onset. “The immune, or inflammatory, response is turning out to be a real common denominator among many neurologic diseases,” says senior study co-author Katrin Andreasson, a professor of neurology at Stanford. “The question we asked was: What immunological pathways are involved after stroke? We think we found one.”