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The New York Times | May 24, 2010

Catherine Talese rides her bicycle everywhere "” to work, to the theater, out to dinner "” and always has a helmet on her head. "There was a time when I didn't wear a helmet; I thought I looked like a dork," Ms. Talese, a freelance photography director who lives in Manhattan, told me recently. "But I've realized it's not negotiable. Helmets are really your only safety gear in a city where pedestrians and drivers are still learning to share the road with bikers."

The Boston Globe | May 24, 2010

Four days after he turned 18, in May 2002, Jonathan Zagami enlisted in the Army Reserves and shipped out with the first ground forces that invaded Iraq. A combat engineer, he cleared minefields, did demolition work, and built camps and guard towers for the soldiers.

Daily News & Analysis | May 24, 2010

Nintendo's Wii Fit could successfully help improve balance for a soldier with a traumatic brain injury, a problem many soldiers are facing after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, found Kansas State University researchers.

The Charlotte Observer | May 24, 2010

Improvised explosive devices rattled former Army Spc. Adam Pittman a dozen times in his three tours through Iraq, most severely when his Bradley fighting vehicle ran over a bomb hidden in the dirt in 2005. Now, part of Pittman's brain has gone dormant, and on most days, he can't think straight.

USA Today | May 24, 2010

What has been called the "signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan "” the mild brain damage troops suffer from a roadside bomb "” might be so unique in its destruction that it could be a newly discovered disease, scientists say.

CNN | May 21, 2010

Soon after Paul Coskie's bicycle collided with a car, it became clear to his mother that her son would be sick for a very long time, and indeed he was. The 13-year-old boy wento into a coma for a month and spent six months total in the hospital.

Army Times | May 21, 2010

A new 72,000-square-foot center for treatment of service members and veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions will open June 24 at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

The New York Times | May 21, 2010

While her fellow high school freshmen in Alexandria, Va., might travel to Washington or stage a mock congress to connect with government affairs, Sarah Rainey joined the real thing Thursday when she testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor about her harrowing experience with sports concussions.

National Public Radio | May 20, 2010

Most of the discussion on concussions in sports has focused on professional athletes -- mainly football players -- and how there needs to be better knowledge and training in treating head injuries. The issue is much more prevalent and serious at younger ages, however -- particularly at the high school level. According to recent research, 400,000 concussions occurred in high school athletics in the 2005-2008 school years. For all those student athletes, the focus has been on how head injuries affect the athletic side of things. Now, the House Education and Labor Committee is examining what one concussion expert calls the untold story -- the academic consequences of head injury on the student athlete.

Voice of America | May 19, 2010

The U.S. military uses dogs to help troops on sentry duty and bomb-sniffing patrols. But dogs are also proving their worth off the field of battle by helping wounded soldiers recover.

Modern Medicine | May 19, 2010

Postconcussive symptoms (PCSs) are not unique to children with mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs), but children with such injuries experience more PCSs and different neurocognitive recovery than their non-head-injured peers, according to research published online May 17 in Pediatrics.

The Milford Daily News | May 19, 2010

Asking for help is never easy, and for the new generation of proud veterans, it can seem almost impossible. That's why outreach coordinators for the Home Base Program told Franklin Veterans Agent Bob Fahey yesterday that they want to spread the word about new services for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from combat-related stress and traumatic brain injury.

The Los Angeles Times | May 19, 2010

In the year after a traumatic brain injury, roughly half of survivors will likely experience a bout of clinical depression "” a rate almost eight times higher than that found in the general population, a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. has found.

The Los Angeles Times | May 18, 2010

An Afghan insurgent's homemade bomb shattered Marc Esposito's lower legs, broke his back and knocked him cold for four days. But the Air Force staff sergeant says the worst part was being torn from his Special Operations teammates who stayed in the field after he was evacuated. A year later, Esposito says, he's found a new team fighting a different kind of battle "” the U.S. military's first Warrior Games for wounded service members at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Chicago Tribune | May 18, 2010

Young ice hockey players who anticipated a collision tended to have less severe head impacts than players who had no idea a body blow was coming, according to research published in the June issue of Pediatrics.

The Topeka Capital-Journal | May 18, 2010

Kansas State University researchers have found that Nintendo's Wii Fit helped improve balance for a soldier with a traumatic brain injury, a problem some soldiers are facing after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

CBC News | May 17, 2010

Young hockey players who keep their heads up and brace themselves as they anticipate collisions really can reduce the severity of head impacts, as coaches say, a study of boys wearing special helmets has found.

Chicago Sun Times | May 17, 2010

When her 22-year-old son Ryan was thrown from a snowmobile into a tree last year, Karen Schroeder was told he probably wouldn't survive4 the brain injuries he'd suffered.

The Denver Post | May 17, 2010

Gavin Sibayan was captain of the swimming team at Westminster High School his junior and senior years, bu that was 11 years ago. That was before he enlisted in the Army, became an MP, went to Iraq, nearly got killed by an improvised explosive device, and received a purple heart.

MVP Gotham | May 14, 2010

Hockey is arguably one of the most physical professional sports. Hockey players are constantly getting body checked, slammed into boards, falling to the ice, slapped by a stick, hit by a dense, speeding puck or getting punched during a fight. If that isn't bad enough, hockey players take part in one of the longest regular seasons of any sport, effectively taking on harsher pain for a longer amount of time throughout the year. Risk of injury couldn't be clearer as you all too commonly see hockey players missing their front two teeth. With all of the injuries that can occur, one of the most dangerous is a traumatic brain injury

Brain and Spinal | May 14, 2010

New York City plays host to a Medicaid shuttle program for people with traumatic brain injuries to get around town for errands and short trips around the city. Recently, the program has been under fire after an unknown whistleblower revealed that some clients have been using the shuttle service to purchase cigarettes.

The Nation | May 14, 2010

The mortar shell that wrecked Chuck Luther's life exploded at the base of the guard tower. Luther heard the brief whistling, followed by a flash of fire, a plume of smoke and a deafening bang that shook the tower and threw him to the floor. The Army sergeant's head slammed against the concrete, and he lay there in the Iraqi heat, his nose leaking clear fluid.

Brain and Spinal | May 14, 2010

The Slavica BioChem division of Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc. recently presented results from their hyperbaric oxygen chamber study for treatment of traumatic brain injury. The positive results were presented to the 8th World Congress on the Brain Injury in Washington, DC in March, put on by the International Brain Injury Association. The gathering is the largest of its kind in the world.

Brain and Spinal | May 13, 2010

A Calgary, Canada research team developed a new software program to allow Canadian doctors to view brain scans and similar diagnostic images on a standard iPhone.

Austin News | May 13, 2010

Emergency room doctors at University Medical Center Brackenridge are pushing groups like the Austin City Council to endorse new research on traumatic brain injuries for patients who cannot consent to treatment.

National Public Radio | May 13, 2010

The Pentagon estimates that as many as 1 in 5 of the more than 1.6 million veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan will suffer from mental health problems. As some of these vets get in trouble with the law and become entwined in the criminal justice system, states are looking for new ways to help.

Brain and Spinal | May 13, 2010

The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced the development of databases that will be used to track brain injury cases. The databases will allow doctors and military officials to diagnose and treat injured soldiers from the battlefield to the hospital and back home.

National Public Radio | May 11, 2010

Traumatic Brain Injury has been called the signature injury of the Iraq war. Nationwide, studies suggest 300,000 returning veterans experience the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI. In San Diego, the V.A. Medical Center reports about 50 veterans a month present at the TBI clinic for testing. For those who find themselves changed in ways they cannot explain, a diagnosis of TBI is the beginning of a long road to recovery. Sage Bird is a young woman who is on that road.

PhysOrg | May 11, 2010

Recordings from Ryan's mother, father or sister were played through headphones for him four times a day. They were part of a new clinical trial investigating whether repeated stimulation with familiar voices can help repair a coma victim's injured brain networks and spur his recovery.

ESPN | May 11, 2010

A football player from Missoula, Mont., has died of a head injury suffered during Eastern Oregon's spring football game, school officials said. Dylan Steigers, 21, took a blow to the head late in Saturday's scrimmage, and died Sunday at a Boise hospital, spokesman Tim Seydel said.

KXLY, Spokane, WA | May 11, 2010

A college football player in Oregon died playing football in Oregon over the weekend, but his death is making local players and coaches more sensitive to this type of tragedy. According to Eastern Oregon University, 21 year old Dylan Steigers suffered an acute subdural hematoma, or bleeding on the brain, while playing in a scrimmage Saturday and did not survive.

San Jose Mercury News | May 10, 2010

In the spring of 2007, Willy Moss was having breakfast with his wife one Sunday morning. She was reading a newspaper article that said that the effect of blasts on soldiers' brains was unknown. As a brain scientist, she was intrigued. She turned to her physicist husband and said, "You can simulate that, can't you?" Two years later, Moss had done just that.

The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2010

An Iraqi insurgent shot him in the chest. Later, he was wounded in the back in an ambush. But what left this U.S. Marine debilitated, perhaps for life, was a blast-induced, traumatic brain injury that initially went undetected.

San Jose Mercury News | May 10, 2010

Bert Strane is motivated about saving baseball players from head injuries, but he's taking a different approach from the usual argument of banning metal bats. He's all for wooden bats, but his main concern is protecting the head with a supportive liner that fits inside a baseball cap and covers much of the skull.

Wired | May 7, 2010

An estimated 10 to 20 percent of troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from traumatic brain injuries, which afflict 1.7 million Americans each year. Now the Pentagon's rolling out a revolutionary initiative to treat the condition: brain implants that one researcher likens to "replacement parts" for damaged gray matter.

Sports Illustrated | May 7, 2010

An NFL superstar's respulsive behavior, the ultimate expression of athletic entitlement run amok, has forced even the most diehard fans to question their team and their football faith -- and made a small town in Georgia wish he'd never paid a visit.

Department of Defense | May 6, 2010

President Barack Obama signed legislation today to improve health care for veterans and to recognize the important role that family caregivers play in the recovery of wounded personnel. Obama recognized Army Sgt. Ted Wade and his wife, Sarah, during his remarks before signing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act during a White House ceremony.

Telegraph, UK | May 6, 2010

Jonny Bellis doesn't consider himself a 'believer' and only goes to church once a year — every Christmas Day as it happens — but on December 25 last year he was otherwise engaged in a desperate fight for survival, kept alive only by a forest of tubes, his own indomitable spirit and the prayers of family and friends.

USA Today | May 6, 2010

Are Ben Roethlisberger's recent troubles a consequence of head injuries he has sustained on the football field? That's a scenario floated by this week after consulting with neuropsychologist Jordan Grafman. Grafman hasn't absolved Roethlisberger of wrongdoing that led to his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy, but he raised an issue medical officials may consider when they conduct the Steelers QB's league-mandated behavioral evaluation.

Stanford University News | May 5, 2010

Researchers at four institutions, led by Stanford University and Brown University, have begun an effort with more than $14 million of federal funding to learn both how the brain and its microcircuitry react to sudden physiological changes and what can be done to encourage recovery from injury.

The New York Times | May 4, 2010

The renovated barn next to the family house was always one of Kevin Pearce's favorite places. There is a skateboard ramp out back and a giant recreation room inside, with three loftlike bedrooms above.

The New York Times | May 3, 2010

In the jubilation after his overtime goal, Marc Savard tossed the stick he used for the game-winner into the stands. He was surprised to find it back on the ice when he went back out for a postgame curtain call.

New Straits Times | May 3, 2010

It may not seem like a dangerous act, but shaking a young child can cause serious harm and lead to child abuse charges.

Personal Liberty Digest | May 3, 2010

European researchers have reportedly found that a vitamin D deficiency is closely linked with chronic fatigue among patients who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

KDRV-12, Medfor, Oregon | Apr 30, 2010

This is the first of a two-part series about the mental-health challenges facing many Oregon National Guard troops returning from their deployment in Iraq. Around 2,700 Oregon National Guard members are making their way home from deployment.

Standard Speaker, Hazelton, PA | Apr 30, 2010

Marc Merino Jr. doesn't remember much about the car accident that left him with a brain injury, punctured lung and other serious injuries in March.

Science Daily | Apr 28, 2010

New evidence presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology has shown that vitamin D deficiency is closely associated with the chronic fatigue that often follows post traumatic brain injury.

The Boston Globe | Apr 28, 2010

With new medical research showing that successive concussions can have an increasingly damaging effect on the brain, state lawmakers are pushing a bill that would limit how soon a student athlete can return to playing after suffering a blow to the head.

The Daily Citizen, Dalton, GA | Apr 28, 2010

Ernie Irvan's racing career was cut short in 1999 because of a traumatic brain injury he suffered during a practice run.

The Philadelphia Daily News | Apr 28, 2010

Paul Holmgren had said it would take hell freezing over for Ian Laperriere to miss the Flyers' next round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The New York Times | Apr 27, 2010

Five months ago, Charlie Davies could not stand on his own. His once sculptured legs shook under the strain of his own weight. His girlfriend pushed him around in a wheelchair because he could not walk.

Brain and Spinal | Apr 27, 2010

Recent developments in the 50-year-old technique of using a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for treatment of disease and other conditions have caught the interest of the brain-injury-concerned Department of Defense and the U.S. Military. Next year, the military will begin funding trials to test the efficacy of using oxygen chambers for treatment of over a hundred thousand troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq with traumatic brain injuries from roadside bomb blasts.

Eureka Alert | Apr 27, 2010

Regular exercise speeds learning and improves blood flow to the brain, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine that is the first to examine these relationships in a non-human primate model. The findings are available in the journal Neuroscience.

Star News Online | Apr 26, 2010

A light, gray blanket of clouds covered the sun above Bald Head Island for most of the morning on Friday. And a steady, cool wind blew from the Southwest. It wasn't perfect resort weather, but smiles on the faces of these Purple Heart recipients and their families showed that the weather didn't really matter.

The New York Times | Apr 26, 2010

A year ago, Specialist Michael Crawford wanted nothing more than to get into Fort Carson's Warrior Transition Battalion, a special unit created to provide closely managed care for soldiers with physical wounds and severe psychological trauma.

The Seattle Times | Apr 26, 2010

Earlier this winter, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, on a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, learned a hotel for injured soldiers had a faulty hot-water system. The four-star general told his staff that if the problem should recur, he wanted to know right away.

Edmonton Journal | Apr 26, 2010

The roadside bombs of Afghanistan are brutal and destructive, though the injuries they cause, both in brain and body, can be subtle.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Apr 26, 2010

On Nov. 22, the helmeted head of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger met the knee of onrushing Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson. The quarterback with two Super Bowl rings wobbled off the field and sat out the next game. Less than four months later, he stood accused of raping a Georgia student in a Milledgeville nightclub, and quiet questions began: Six years in the National Football League, 242 sacks, four serious head traumas -- three on the field and one from a nearly fatal 2006 motorcycle crash -- and two sexual assault allegations after boozy evenings in Nevada and Georgia.

Department of Defense | Apr 23, 2010

Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould kicked off the National VA Research week commemoration here today, marking 85 years of ground-breaking research that's improving veterans' lives, including veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The New York Times | Apr 22, 2010

Bill Wisleski earned himself the nickname the Human Magnet over in Vietnam, for the way flying objects found their way to him, twice when his vehicles hit land mines, once from direct rifle fire. In between, he tried to keep track of his hometown team, the Amazing Mets. It was not easy in those days before the Internet. Soldiers would ask each other for the latest scores, the current standings, but they were all a week or two behind.

Department of Defense | Apr 22, 2010

Better understanding of post-combat brain injuries and psychological trauma, coupled with a host of measures to diagnose and treat such disorders, are preventing servicemembers from being unfairly discharged due to undiagnosed conditions, Defense Department officials told Congress members yesterday.

Reuters | Apr 22, 2010

They propose using a common, generic diabetes drug in combination with a gene-silencing technique to stop spine injuries from getting any worse, and believe the approach may also work in people with stroke and traumatic brain injuries.

The Tundra Drums | Apr 22, 2010

From soldiers to snowmachiners, skateboarders to seniors, Alaskans of all ages are at risk of brain injury - and all have the power to protect themselves against brain damage, according to a written statement from the state health department. Each year, 150 Alaskans die from brain injuries. Right now, 10,000 Alaskans are living with a disability due to a brain injury.

Nextgov | Apr 21, 2010

To get a better handle on traumatic brain injury, one of the invisible wounds of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Defense Department is developing databases to track cases to aid diagnosis and treatment.

Federal News Radio | Apr 21, 2010

Can video games help wounded veterans heal from traumatic brain injuries? The Department of Defense is funding a project to find out. Studies have shown that video game-based therapies can help people improve manual dexterity, cognitive ability, memory, thought processing and reasoning.

The New York Times | Apr 20, 2010

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy have decided that the National Football League's offer of support is what they had hoped: $1 million and zero strings.

The Augusta Chronicle | Apr 20, 2010

Whether motion sensors in a patient's room can help chart recovery from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, and perhaps one day aid in diagnosis, is the focus of a study at Fort Gordon. | Apr 20, 2010

This past weekend, the world of boxing lost what was easily one of the most talented prospects in the sport, as lightweight Edwin Valero murdered his wife, and subsequently committed suicide by killing himself. | Apr 20, 2010

In honor of the sacrifices made by wounded veterans, Major League players launched an exclusive line of military-themed products on Monday and will contribute $100,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, the MLB Players Association and Wounded Warrior Project jointly announced in a news release.

SourceWire | Apr 20, 2010

For decades, it has been assumed that there is a strong correlation between a loss of physical and psychological function after a serious brain injury. Now, new research from Germany suggests that it isn't as closely related to brain structure injuries as first thought. This news could give hope to thousands of brain injury victims who assumed that their injury would mean a lifetime of debilitation and therapy.

New York Times | Apr 19, 2010

Near the end of last year, Kevin Pearce was one of the best snowboarders in the world. He had visions of winning more halfpipe contests, making the United States Olympic team and returning home to Vermont, perhaps with a medal. Now he is on the verge of what feels like a greater victory: simply making it home.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Apr 19, 2010

More than 37,200 service members have been wounded in action in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, Department of Defense statistics show. Improved battlefield medicine means that those who might have died in past conflicts have a better chance of surviving multiple serious injuries, such as amputations, traumatic brain injury and burns. Legislation awaiting approval in Congress would provide health care, mental health services, training and stipends to relatives who have become full-time caretakers to veterans. | Apr 14, 2010

Risking a deadly explosion in the operating room, doctors at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan surgically removed an explosive device from the head of an Afghan National Army soldier last month, according to the Air Force News Service.

ABC-13, Houston, TX | Apr 13, 2010

A traumatic brain injury can cause drawn muscles in the arms or legs, and painful muscle spasms. But one Iraq veteran suffering from a brain injury is getting help -- from Botox.

Brain and Spinal | Apr 13, 2010

A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control stated that children age 4 and younger, teens from 15 to 19, and people over 75 all face higher risk of traumatic brain injury, a CNN Medical article reported.

El Paso Times | Apr 13, 2010

Troops battered by explosions in distant combat zones are now required to undergo brain injury screening before returning to duty, say experts at a Defense Department center created to deal with brain injuries and stress disorders.

Brain and Spinal | Apr 13, 2010

Dr. Robert Cantu, a Pennsylvania neurosurgeon and expert in brain injury, recently suggested that football players practice without helmets. His logic was that players would be forced to learn to avoid head contact while playing the high contact sport. Coaches disagree with him and say that they already stress to their players the importance of avoiding traumatic brain injury in the game, a Meadville Tribune article reported.

The New York Times | Apr 12, 2010

Those who have followed the debate over the risks of sports concussions nodded knowingly Monday when its most significant legal action to date was brought by a woman.

The Stratford Star | Apr 12, 2010

Parents have learned much about protecting their children in recent decades. It's rare any more to see a pregnant woman drinking an alcoholic beverage or smoking cigarettes.

BBC News | Apr 9, 2010

Riley Joyce had no pulse and was not breathing when he was first delivered by emergency Caesarean section at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. He had a 50:50 chance of permanent brain injury and was transferred to St Michael's Hospital, Bristol.

New York Times | Apr 8, 2010

As workers' compensation lawyers go, Ron Mix and Mel Owens understand their clients' problems better than most. While Mix was a Hall of Fame lineman with the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s, he played the same brutal game that has left his contemporaries experiencing early-onset dementia at a rate several times that of the national population. Owens, a starting linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1980s, belonged to an era whose players can only wonder if their fate will be similar or worse. Mix and Owens have leveraged their connections to represent about 1,000 retired players in the workers' compensation system of California, the only jurisdiction that allows long-retired professional athletes to pursue workers' compensation for cumulative injuries, even if they played only one game in the state in their careers.

WCVB-TV, Massachusetts | Apr 8, 2010

Six people suffered injuries after plunging off a cliff in an ATV accident in South Hadley, MA over the weekend. Fire officials say it's amazing they survived. A local family says this accident is just more evidence that ATVs are dangerous for adults, and kids. Kids don't need a license to drive them, so many parents think they're safe. But they are not.

Clinton News, Mississippi | Apr 8, 2010

First-graders at Clinton Park Elementary are learning the importance of wearing a helmet when riding bicycles, scooters or skateboards from Headie Hurdle and members of the Clinton Junior Auxiliary this week. The centerpiece of a former Mississippi Brain Injury Association education program, Headie is used by members of nonprofit Junior Auxiliary to illustrate the need for a "shell," or helmet, to cover your fragile head.

WLWT | Apr 7, 2010

West Chester Police Officer Nicholas Gattermeyer is back on the force after recovering from a terrible crash. His message to the public is to guard against complacency; don't get used to driving a few miles an hour over the limit, or doing things out of procedure because you never know when one unexpected event could take your life.

The New York Times | Apr 7, 2010

Reinard Wilson knew something was up last March when he opened an envelope from the Cincinnati Bengals, unfolded a check and noticed its amount: $0.00. For several months, Wilson had received $230 a week in California workers' compensation for injuries incurred while playing linebacker and defensive end for the Bengals from 1997 to 2002.

The Pilot | Apr 6, 2010

In light of the recent riding accident befalling Courtney King-Dye, it seems like a good time to revisit the importance of wearing approved protective headgear while riding or driving horses.

Brain and Spinal | Apr 6, 2010

Neurologists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have adapted a brain scanning technique developed for studying the organization of the brain. The novel approach to the scanning might be just what the doctor ordered for traumatic brain injury and stroke patients. If it proves successful, the brain scans will give doctors a tool for predicting the extent of a brain injury and potentially avert some of the damage

Brain and Spinal | Apr 6, 2010

Patients who arrive at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center with traumatic brain injuries may end up as a part of a widespread study to determine whether or not progesterone injections help to mitigate some of the effects of the injury. Progesterone has been found to correlate with less-severe long-term damage after a brain injury, and this study aims to gather conclusive evidence to that effect.

The New York Times | Apr 6, 2010

The five paper-clipped sheets that were slipped into a wire basket at the Van Nuys State Office Building looked no different from the other workers' compensation claims filed by welders and cashiers. But this packet was different: it will almost certainly become a test case in considering National Football League teams' liability for the dementia experienced by retired players. | Apr 5, 2010

ProTECT III clinical trials will soon be availablefor testing the safety and effectiveness of using progesterone therapy to mitigate the damage caused by moderate to severe trauma to the brain.

Department of Defense | Apr 5, 2010

Advanced brain scans that can detect injury earlier than before are among several improvements developed by military doctors and scientists to treat service members with traumatic brain injuries.

District Administration | Apr 5, 2010

A greater awareness of the impact of sports-related concussions has swept the country, as over 40 states are currently developing legislation that will set standards for when a student athlete can return to the playing field. Although these laws vary by state, the core principles include educating students, coaches, and parents about the dangers of concussions, removing athletes from the field if a concussion is suspected, and requiring medical clearance before they may return.

The Star-Tribune | Apr 5, 2010

The availability of Butler starting power forward Matt Howard will be a game-time decision Monday, Bulldogs coach Brad Stevens said Sunday. The Associated Press reported that team trainers diagnosed the head injury Howard suffered in Saturday's semifinal victory over Michigan State as a mild concussion.

Voice of America | Apr 2, 2010

It sounds almost like science fiction: could some patients believed to be in vegetative or minimally conscious states really be conscious all along? And perhaps with new technology, be capable of communicating? A recent study could give hope to some of these patients, while raising ethical and legal questions about a patient's quality of life.

University of Texas at Dallas | Apr 2, 2010

Researchers from the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) are working together to investigate the effects of drinking water on patients with dysphagia, a disorder that affects a person's ability to swallow.

The Ridgewood News | Apr 2, 2010

A Ridgewood, NJ mother's concerns after her son suffered a concussion while playing lacrosse have inspired her to help organize a Baseline Concussion Testing program for Ridgewood's middle school athletes.

The New York Times | Apr 1, 2010

Too little is known about how to care long-term for veterans with a traumatic brain injury, the most common injury among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the Institute of Medicine said Wednesday. It urged the Veterans Affairs Department to conduct research into developing protocols for caring for these veterans as they age.

USA Today | Apr 1, 2010

The Defense Department hopes to find a better treatment for the 100,000 troops who have been diagnosed with mild Traumatic Brain Injury since 2003, and it's looking at hyperbaric chambers — often used in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning — for the answer.

WOWK, West Virginia | Apr 1, 2010

A traumatic brain injury impacts not only the patient, but also his family and community. West Virginia University's Center for Excellence in Disabilities held a training seminar for them Wednesday.

WHYY, Pennsylvania | Mar 31, 2010

More than a million Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury each year. Half of those injuries occur in car accidents, but an increasing number in wars overseas. The struggle to help people cope with these life-changing injuries continues.