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Newsweek | Jan 8, 2010

Late last year, the world was captivated by the story of Rom Houben, a Belgian man who suffered a traumatic brain injury and was misdiagnosed for 23 years as being in a vegetative state. In fact, media outlets reported breathlessly, Houben had been conscious the whole time, trapped inside his motionless body, until a heroic doctor used cutting-edge scans to find normal brain activity. What's more, that doctor discovered a way for Houben to communicate, allowing the "locked-in" man to tell his harrowing tale to visiting reporters (Houben reportedly has a book on the way).

WCVB-TV, Boston | Jan 7, 2010

Traumatic Brain Injury is the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But it's a major problem back home. Every 15 seconds, an American suffers from TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York Times | Jan 7, 2010

After one hearing that prompted the N.F.L. to reshape several policies toward concussion management and another on Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday afternoon that a third discussion on football brain injuries would be held Feb. 1 in Houston.

BBC | Jan 7, 2010

After all the concern over possible damage to health from using mobile phones, scientists have found a potential benefit from radiation. Their work has been carried out on time, but it suggests mobiles might protect against Alzheimer's.

The New York Times | Jan 6, 2010

The old football mentality "” play through pain or get out of the way "” can be dangerous, particularly in the murky area of brain injury.

The New York Times | Jan 6, 2010

Although the most theatrical moments of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on football brain injuries on Monday involved the grilling of a former N.F.L. doctor, most of the testimony centered on the application of recently strengthened professional rules to amateur levels, from youth leagues to college programs.

The Park Record | Jan 6, 2010

Olympic hopeful and top-ranked snowboarding pro Kevin Pearce (Norwich, VT), 22, remains in critical but stable condition after suffering a traumatic brain injury while training on the halfpipe at Park City Mountain Resort Dec. 31.

World Socialist Web Site | Jan 6, 2010

American military personnel are continuing to take their own lives in unprecedented numbers, as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wars drag on. By late November, at least 334 members of the armed forces had committed suicide in 2009, more than the 319 who were killed in Afghanistan or the 150 who died in Iraq. While a final figure is not available, the toll of military suicides last year was the worst since records began to be kept in 1980.

The Star Ledger, NJ | Jan 5, 2010

Alexa McCormack doesn't remember much about the day that changed her life. Not the stunt gone awry. The impact of the collision. The panic in the gymnasium. But the reminders are there almost every day: headaches, prescription medication, blurred vision.

ABC News | Jan 5, 2010

A former leader of the NFL's committee on concussions told Congress on Monday that more study needs to be done on the effects that performance-enhancing drugs could have on the brains of football players.

The New York Times | Jan 5, 2010

Subjective tinnitus, the ringing or other noise that often accompanies noise-related hearing loss, is a tough problem to treat. But researchers in Germany have come up with a novel approach, a kind of music therapy in which the music is custom-tailored to the person with tinnitus.

The New York Times | Jan 5, 2010

Over breakfast in Copper Mountain, Colo., on Dec. 13, snowboarder Kevin Pearce talked about the wicked crash in the halfpipe that shattered his ankle in June. It kept him off his snowboard until November.

The New York Times | Jan 5, 2010

Dr. Ira Casson, a symbol of the N.F.L.'s reluctance to recognize mounting evidence linking professional football and dementia before his resignation as co-chairman of a league committee on brain injuries, continued to deny the existence of any such relationship while testifying before a House Judiciary Committee hearing Monday.

The New York Times | Jan 4, 2010

For years, Billy and Angela Flores pleaded with their son Nicolas to wear a helmet while hurtling down the slopes on his snowboard.

The New York Times | Jan 4, 2010

Kevin Pearce, the Olympic snowboarding hopeful, remained in critical but stable condition Friday with a head injury at a hospital in Salt Lake City.

Natural News | Jan 4, 2010

A head-on car collision, a stumble that slams your head to the ground, a wound from a military battle in Afghanistan, a violent criminal assault -- these and other causes of sudden blows to the head can result in traumatic brain injury. According to the National Institutes of Health, TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. And symptoms can range from dizziness, headaches and memory problems to difficulty thinking, coma or even a vegetative state.

ESPN | Jan 4, 2010

American snowboarder Kevin Pearce was in critical Saturday at a Utah hospital after suffering a "severe, traumatic brain injury" in a training accident, one of his doctors said.

Examiner.com | Jan 4, 2010

Miami Dolphins' quarterback Pat White appears to have suffered a concussion and nothing more serious from the wicked hit he sustained against the Steelers today.

PR Newswire | Jan 4, 2010

A 5-year study of patients with severe traumatic brain injury conducted at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis shows significant benefit of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to improve brain metabolism and its ability to recover from injury. The results were recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

The New York Times | Dec 31, 2009

A House Judiciary Committee hearing Monday on brain injuries in football will include Ted Johnson and Kyle Turley, former N.F.L. players who have described mismanagement of concussions they received during their playing days that may have contributed to their cognitive decline.

The New York Times | Dec 31, 2009

One of the most peculiar weeks in college football took another bizarre twist on Wednesday when the lawyer for Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach was informed outside a courthouse in Lubbock, Tex., that his client was fired.

The Denver Post | Dec 30, 2009

Here is what you can't think about when you celebrate a birthday with Lisa Smith, if you want to keep your heart from breaking. You can't try to imagine the grief of Lisa's mother, Saundra, as she holds polka- dot birthday socks in front of 40-year-old Lisa's immobilized face.

The New York Times | Dec 29, 2009

Texas Tech suspended Mike Leach on Monday while the school investigated complaints from receiver Adam James and his family about how the player was treated after a concussion.

Health Canal | Dec 29, 2009

The National Football League Players Association announced today that it will collaborate with the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine to support the Center's efforts to advance the study of the effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes.

The New York Times | Dec 29, 2009

Many people had considered it. Others had said it privately. But Representative Linda T. Sánchez, a California Democrat, said it clearly and forcefully into the microphone at a House Judiciary Committee hearing room and onto video clips nationwide. "It sort of reminds me of the tobacco companies pre-1990s," she said, "when they kept saying no, there is no link between smoking and damage to your health."

DOTmed News | Dec 29, 2009

Progesterone, a hormone that increases tenfold during pregnancy, is thought to help the developing fetus by protecting it from oxidative stress and aiding neuron development. But a growing body of research leads some doctors to think it could also be a useful first-line treatment after a traumatic brain injury or stroke.

Greenville News, Greenville, SC | Dec 28, 2009
The strain is evident on Jeff Knox's face. His heart thumps at close to its maximum. Three days a week, for 60 minutes at a time, Knox knocks himself out at Acceleration Sports Institute. And he's knocking others out, too, as he personally changes the potential of others with traumatic brain injuries.
New York Times | Dec 28, 2009
The N.F.L. has spent the last month announcing major changes to its treatment of brain injuries and placating some of its most vocal critics. Meanwhile, the league's committee on concussions is quietly devising new helmet safety standards that are raising familiar questions of faulty science and conflict of interest.
Indianapolis Star | Dec 24, 2009
Almost a third of U.S. doctors have never heard of the "choking game" played by many teens, nor can they spot the tell-tale signs of the potentially lethal practice, according to a survey in the January issue of Pediatrics.
Lincoln Journal Star | Dec 24, 2009
Football players talked with pride about "getting their bell rung" and "getting dinged." There is considerably more awareness about the potential for brain injury in recent years at the University of Nebraska.
MedPage Today | Dec 23, 2009

Progesterone should be considered as a treatment option for head trauma -- and perhaps other types of central nervous system injuries, researchers urged.

Scout News, San Diego, CA | Dec 23, 2009

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton unlocked the doors to the Marine Corps' first rehabilitation apartment to aid service members suffering from brain injuries, Dec 11.

The New York Times | Dec 22, 2009

On a gray Wednesday afternoon here in early December, scientists huddled around what appeared to be a two-gallon carton of frozen yogurt, its exposed top swirling with dry-ice fumes.

ABC News | Dec 22, 2009

Dave Sharpe was troubled by thoughts he couldn't share after he returned from serving in Iraq. "I found myself waking up in the middle of the night, punching holes in walls, kicking and beating the refrigerator door," he said. Then one day, the former Air Force senior airman went with a friend to a local pit bull rescue and took home a puppy, Cheyenne

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center | Dec 22, 2009

Following a groundbreaking congressional hearing last October on the danger of concussions in the NCAA and NFL, the House Judiciary Committee has set a date for a follow-up hearing. The hearing -- Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries, Part II -- will take place on January 4 in Detroit, MI.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center | Dec 22, 2009

A doctor in Pequannock, New Jersey has been instructing high school and middle school teachers how to identify and properly handle students who may suffer from brain injuries such as concussions. Dr. Paul Ostergaard, the doctor for Pequannock High School's sports teams, told teachers that students in recovery from head injuries require complete brain rest, a Pequannock Daily Record article reported.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center | Dec 22, 2009

A teen girl from Marlboro, New Jersey who suffered 11 concussions is now encouraging Congress to create laws to protect other young athletes from brain injury and subsequent brain disorders. Niki Popyer, 16, said in an Associated Press article that her first few concussions were not even diagnosed correctly until a neurologist reviewed her medical records and affirmed the seriousness of the Popyer's brain injuries.

The Washington Post | Dec 22, 2009

A treadmill developed at the NASA Ames Research Center for exercising in space has seen more athletes than astronauts lately.

The New York Times | Dec 21, 2009

Congressman John Conyers Jr., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Thursday called another hearing regarding brain injuries in football. It is scheduled to be held Jan. 4 in Detroit.

The New York Times | Dec 21, 2009

After weeks of transforming its approach to concussions and its research into their long-term effects among players, the N.F.L. not only announced Sunday that it would support research by its most vocal critics but also conceded publicly for the first time that concussions can have lasting consequences.

Stars and Stripes | Dec 21, 2009

The Army is preparing to open several multimillion-dollar facilities to treat soldiers for combat stress and traumatic brain injury at Grafenwöhr and Vilseck.

The New York Times | Dec 18, 2009

A deceased professional hockey player has been found to have had brain damage associated with repeated head trauma, connecting hockey for the first time to health risks linked to boxers and, most recently, football players.

Canada Views | Dec 16, 2009

It's a world first: thanks to new technology developed by the University of Victoria, researchers can now show how multiple parts of the right brain dynamically process spatial relationships.

HealthCanal.com | Dec 16, 2009

The creation of revolutionary technology together with a $755,000 grant, awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, has the potential to radically improve rehabilitation efficiencies for people who survive a traumatic brain injury.

The New York Times | Dec 16, 2009

Everything appeared to be on track for American bobsled driver Todd Hays for the Vancouver Olympics until a crash in training not only derailed an Olympic spot, but also ended his career.

The Washington Post | Dec 16, 2009

As the handling of concussions and head injuries has moved to the forefront in the NFL this year, Congress now is seeking to step in with legislation aimed at reducing the frequency of those injuries in youth and high school sports.

Parentcentral.ca | Dec 15, 2009

Karen Condon's world turned upside down on Feb. 20, 2007, when a snowboard went through her son's skull, shattering it like a cracked eggshell.

The Buffalo News | Dec 15, 2009

Michael D. Hauser starts parenting classes next week. It's just the latest battle in his journey to reclaim the life he lost when shrapnel from a suicide bomber pierced his brain and left him partially paralyzed two years ago in Iraq.

The Press Association | Dec 14, 2009

Drinks containing a cocktail of protein components could prove an effective treatment for mental impairment caused by brain injuries, a study has suggested. Scientists came to the conclusion after feeding a mixture of amino acids to brain-damaged mice.

The Missoulian | Dec 14, 2009

If Dave Poulsen's research gets approval from federal regulators for medical use, Poulsen and his employer, the University of Montana, stand to make a lot of money on meth. That's right.

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Dec 14, 2009

In Section 121, sunlit on the Army side, sat a special group of 85 soldiers and Marines at yesterday's Army-Navy game. They could say things nobody else could.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Board | Dec 11, 2009

Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered positive evidence in animal research that reinforcing the diet of a victim of traumatic brain injury can produce positive results in the recovery process.

The New York Times | Dec 11, 2009

A little less crack! accompanies the televised collisions between National Football League behemoths these days. Players are tackling as hard as ever. But broadcasters are toning down the glorification of the sport's inherent violence.

UPI.com | Dec 10, 2009

NFL Charities has donated $1.5 million in grants to support sports-related medical research at 11 organizations to examine brain and knee injuries.

The Huffington Post | Dec 10, 2009

As we prepare to send a "surge" of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, we must look urgently and squarely at the mental health as well as the military and political consequences of our deployment.

ESPN | Dec 10, 2009

In 2007, professional wrestler Andrew "Test" Martin was interviewed for a soon-to-be-released documentary titled "The Circus: Live Fast, Die Young." "I just turned 32 years old and went to eight funerals this year," Martin said at the time in his mild Canadian accent, sweat bathing his handsome features. "Do I want to join that club? Hell, no, I don't want to join that club.

The New York Times | Dec 9, 2009

"Dad, I'm scared. I only have one brain, and I don't want to hurt it playing football."

The New York Times | Dec 9, 2009

In a 10-year career with the Oakland Raiders, George Atkinson was a part of one of the most intimidating defensive backfields to play in the N.F.L. Atkinson, who played in Oakland from 1968 to 1977, and his fellow safety Jack Tatum were featured in several N.F.L. spots promoting bone-crushing hits. They were the era's best examples of how to play smashmouth football.

The New York Times | Dec 9, 2009

Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steelers' rough and tumble receiver, could have played with a leather helmet in the '20s, played without a face mask in the '50s. He would have been welcomed as a teammate by Bronko Nagurski and lauded as a player by Vince Lombardi.

The Washington Post | Dec 9, 2009

Clinton Portis can't say with certainty whether he'll be in the Redskins' backfield next season, but team officials have decided he won't be returning this year.

The New York Times | Dec 8, 2009

Ben Roethlisberger was back in the starting lineup Sunday, looking sharp after sitting out Pittsburgh's game last week because of a concussion. He didn't appear to miss a step: he completed 18 of 24 passes for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns. Twice he led the Steelers on scoring drives in response to Oakland touchdowns.

Scientific Frontline Communication Center | Dec 8, 2009

Neurology researchers have shown that feeding amino acids to brain-injured animals restores their cognitive abilities and may set the stage for the first effective treatment for cognitive impairments suffered by people with traumatic brain injuries.

The New York Times | Dec 8, 2009

We recently solicited your questions for George Atallah, the assistant executive director of external affairs for the N.F.L. Players Association. Atallah responded in a fashion that I believe is unique among all previous participants in our reader-generated Q&A's: he answered every question you asked.

PopMatters | Dec 8, 2009

Not long ago, ESPN had a segment that ran during the Monday Night Football (MNF) halftime show. This segment was called "Jacked Up", and featured the most violent (though non-penalized) collisions from the previous Sunday's games.

The Los Angeles Times | Dec 7, 2009

Concussions have come into sharper focus recently, as the NFL confronts external and internal pressures to examine head injuries.

McClatchy Washington Bureau | Dec 7, 2009

As the Obama administration ramps up the war in Afghanistan, veterans advocates say the government must develop a better plan to handle the wounded when they come home.

Sports Illustrated | Dec 4, 2009

Kurt Warner knew, as he walked to see the Arizona Cardinals team medics last Sunday morning in Nashville, that playing against the Titans was not up to them. It was up to him. His words would determine whether he'd go out on the field with his sore neck and an odd, sharp sensitivity to light.

The New York Times | Dec 4, 2009

The man who could not remember has left scientists a gift that will provide insights for generations to come: his brain, now being dissected and digitally mapped in exquisite detail.

East Valley Tribune, Pheonix, AZ | Dec 4, 2009

Few NFL players understand concussions as well as Cardinals wide receiver Sean Morey.

The New York Times | Dec 4, 2009

For years, as the National Football League steadfastly defended its policy of letting some players return to the field after concussions, independent medical experts warned that the league's policy influenced the college and youth levels, which often take their cues from the professional ranks.

The Greeley Tribune, Colorado | Dec 4, 2009

She loves Fruit Loops. Today, 9-month-old April Martinez of Milliken can't eat her favorite cereal. She can't eat anything. She lies in a bed at Children's Hospital in Aurora hooked to a tube that provides hydration and nutrition, paralyzed on the right side of her body and partially blind.

Good Morning America | Dec 4, 2009

Hear about one young female athlete who sustained 11 concussions before the age of sixteen. She is now a different person athletically, academically, and socially. Her situation is not rare.

USA Today | Dec 3, 2009

That mentality is woven into the fabric of the NFL. But amid an aggressive movement within the league to better prevent and manage the treatment of concussions – including stricter return-to-play guidelines announced Wednesday – it's apparent a shift in football's macho mind-set is also needed.

The New York Times | Dec 3, 2009

The National Football League on Wednesday announced that it would impose its most stringent rules to date on managing concussions, requiring players who exhibit any significant sign of concussion to be removed from a game or practice and be barred from returning the same day.

West Virginia MetroNews Network | Dec 2, 2009

ESPN has done it again. Commentators on their Monday Night Football pregmae show took very serious subjects -- head injuries, concussions, and dementia -- and trivialized them and put the game of football on a pedestal above the health of its players.

KBCI CBS 2, Boise, ID | Dec 2, 2009

The 321st Engineering Battalion with the U.S. Army Reserves had an especially dangerous job in Iraq. And many of those soldiers call Idaho home. The job was to find improvised explosive device (also known as roadside bombs) and destroy them.

Athletic Business | Dec 2, 2009

Two months after Washington state enacted the toughest concussion law in the country "” one that requires young athletes suspected of having sustained a concussion to receive medical clearance before returning to action "” a 14-year-old freshman football player at Duvall's Cedarcrest High School was overpowered by an opponent, knocked backward and landed on his head.

National Public Radio | Dec 1, 2009

It's an old cliche: "Tragedy makes us stronger." But one military mother says it's true. Since Nellie Bagley's son, Jose Pequeno, was terribly wounded in Iraq, she has had to marshal all the emotional resources she has to cope.

The New York Times | Dec 1, 2009

In the latest illustration of the challenges college football programs face in the treatment of concussions, La Salle University agreed Monday to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a severely injured player.

The New York Times | Dec 1, 2009

In the visitors' locker room after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-17 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, receiver Hines Ward tried repeatedly to explain his stance on the absence of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had shown postconcussion symptoms last week.

To the Point, KCRW | Nov 30, 2009

Do concussions on the football field cause brain damage? Have coaches, team doctors and players themselves been in denial? We hear about growing evidence and some new signals of seriousness from the National Football League.

Science Insider | Nov 30, 2009

The two men in charge of the National Football League's committee on mild traumatic brain injury have resigned, The New York Times reports today. The move appears to be the latest sign that the league is changing attitude towards growing evidence that head injuries suffered on the field can lead to personality changes, dementia, and other problems later in life.

RedSox.com | Nov 30, 2009

If you examined the situation too quickly, you might have thought awards season had passed the Red Sox by in 2009. There was no Most Valuable Player, no Cy Young, no Rookie of the Year and no Manager of the Year.

New York Daily News | Nov 30, 2009

It's a hypochondriac's worst nightmare: You're powerless, paralyzed and unable to communicate for nearly a quarter of a century while everyone around you believes you're basically a vegetable.

The New York Times | Nov 30, 2009

In this crucial division contest, in a game full of playoff implications, it was whom the Pittsburgh Steelers did not start that highlighted the increased awareness of concussions across the N.F.L.

The New York Times | Nov 25, 2009

In the latest indication that the National Football League will redirect its approach to players' concussions, the co-chairmen of the league's committee on brain injuries resigned from the group Tuesday, the league announced.

The Guardian | Nov 25, 2009

Locked-in syndrome is a rare neurological disorder in which nearly all the body's voluntary muscles are paralysed, but the patient remains conscious and able to think and reason. It can be caused by traumatic brain injury, diseases of the circulatory system, overdosing on medication or diseases that destroy the insulating sheath surrounding nerve cells.

The Huffington Post | Nov 24, 2009

A man who emerged from what doctors thought was a vegetative state says he was fully conscious for 23 years but could not respond because he was paralyzed, his mother said Monday.

The Boston Herald | Nov 24, 2009

As Francisco Rodriguez's brother and father flew home to Chicago Monday, the body of the Mexican-born fighter known as "El Nino Azteca" remained in Philadelphia awaiting an autopsy Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Nov 24, 2009

After being forced to leave the game by a knee to the helmet from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson on Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger's head will be in the best possible hands this week.

The Washington Business Journal | Nov 23, 2009

Tom MacAllister turned the page of his Wall Street Journal, expecting to see the day's most pressing financial news. Instead, he stumbled across his next business idea.

The New Jersey Real-Time News | Nov 23, 2009

Former Army Sgt. Heriberto Vidro left Iraq more than six years ago, but Iraq never really left him.

The Washington Post | Nov 23, 2009

The culture in the NFL regarding concussions is changing, players, coaches, league officials and outside experts say. But even cursory conversations with players show that the changes in attitude are gradual in a league in which every game is an event, every Sunday a chance for a career to be ended or extended.

The New York Times | Nov 23, 2009

In a shift in the National Football League's approach to handling concussions, the league will soon require teams to receive advice from independent neurologists while treating players with brain injuries, several people with knowledge of the plan confirmed Sunday.

The Bellingham Herald | Nov 23, 2009

Kyle Salisbury grew up in Bellingham with a 10-foot American flag on his wall. He's always been patriotic. He joined the Army when he was 17 and went to Iraq in 2006. Even after suffering a traumatic brain injury from two bomb blasts within 24 hours in March 2007, he still wouldn't change a thing.

The Daily Mail | Nov 23, 2009

A car crash victim has spoken of the horror he endured for 23 years after he was misdiagnosed as being in a coma when he was conscious the whole time.

The Ski Channel | Nov 20, 2009

U.S. Ski Team slalom star Cody Marshall is starting to think snow. It's been four months since the athlete suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, and amazingly, the superstar has come a long way.

The Huffington Post | Nov 20, 2009

In recent weeks there has been much in the news about head trauma and its long-term effects in the NFL. Last month, an NFL-commissioned study on dementia show increased likelihood of dementia for NFL players compared to the rest of the population.

The New York Times | Nov 20, 2009

The National Football League Players Association is calling for the removal of Dr. Ira Casson as co-chairman of the league's committee on concussions, saying that he is too biased to lead the research and policy group.

The Huffington Post | Nov 20, 2009

Harry Carson, former Super Bowl winning Line Backer for the NY Giants, realized a few years after he retired from professional football, that he suffers from post-concussion syndrome.

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