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NPR | Jun 9, 2016

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.

CBS News | Jun 9, 2016

"It's so hard to find a job where people can accept me for the way I am and the fact that I have a service dog with me," Lima recalled tearfully telling Lowe's staff. To his surprise, Lowe's Home Improvement said he could keep his canine companion, Blue, by his side -- on one condition: The dog has to wear a vest like any other employee.

The Huffington Post | Jun 8, 2016

Beginning this summer, the researchers behind a nationwide, seven-year, $16 million study will attempt to leap a hurdle that’s never been cleared before. The objective is straightforward: diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the living.

Medical Xpress | Jun 8, 2016

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and Carnegie Mellon University are putting together a study of degenerative brain disorders that have been linked to head injuries, the first project of its kind among the institutions and among the first in the country to use a novel tool in the search for treatments.

The National Law Review | Jun 7, 2016

A new study from the University of Adelaide in Australia found that in the medium- to long-term pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI), the fractional anisotropy (FA) values for numerous large white matter tracks in comparison to the whole brain were related to cognition. This study, published online in Developmental Neuropsychology, specifically examined the relationship between diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) findings and cognition following pediatric traumatic brain injury.

U.S Department of Defense | Jun 7, 2016

Though pinpointing a brain injury mechanism is painstaking, the team at the Army Research Lab's Explosive Technology Branch has taken a multiscale approach to leverage unique explosive testing capabilities that closely resemble actual circumstances the warfighter might experience.

Self Magazine | Jun 7, 2016

She thought she'd lost her father forever—until together, they found a way to stretch the limits of possibility.

The Boston Globe | Jun 6, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s final gift to America was to serve as a living warning against the brutal sport that made him famous. The legendary boxing champion died Friday at 74, after decades of suffering from the damage from his fighting career. It’s probably no coincidence that his long, highly visible struggle paralleled the decline of boxing as a major sport in America, and the growing awareness of brain injuries in all sports. It might be said that boxing picked a fight with Ali — and, no surprise, it lost.

Military Times | Jun 6, 2016

Some post 9/11 veterans with traumatic brain injuries who were denied disability compensation by VA between 2007 and 2015 have another chance to receive their benefits. The Veterans Affairs Department announced Wednesday that more than 24,000 veterans could qualify to receive another medical exam for brain injury without having to refile a claim. Their compensation will be awarded back to the date of the initial claim if they are found to have experienced a TBI.

The Washington Post | Jun 6, 2016

JC’s case is not the first instance of brain injury prompting unusual linguistic changes. Researchers speculate that damage to the brain’s language centers could be involved. Or, perhaps, an injury could harm parts of the brain associated with childhood learning, though leave memories of languages studied later in life intact.

The Boston Globe | Jun 6, 2016

A near-fatal halfpipe crash while training for the 2010 Olympics ended Kevin Pearce’s snowboarding career and changed his life forever. Six years later, Pearce, 28, continues to cope with his traumatic brain injury that he will carry with him for the rest of his life and he’s helping other survivors do the same. Pearce, who grew up in Vermont, and his brother started the Love Your Brain Foundation to support traumatic brain injury survivors and caregivers.

UW Today | May 31, 2016

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can face a difficult road to recovery, requiring services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years to get their young lives back on track. When those children come from low-income households with limited English proficiency, there can be significant barriers in getting them the care they need.

The Washington Post | May 31, 2016

National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

NPR | May 31, 2016

Concussions have become part of the daily news. But how much have these brain injuries become part of daily life? To find out, NPR polled people across the country about concussions.

Military Times | May 31, 2016

Identifying effective treatments for combat veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder is a top priority for researchers and clinicians. A variety of talk therapies and medications are available that provide relief to many. However, recognizing the limitations with traditional treatments for PTSD, interest in alternative therapies is growing. And more importantly, so far, the evidence is promising. Transcendental meditation, typically referred to as TM, is one of those promising alternative therapies.

UW Today | May 24, 2016

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can face a difficult road to recovery, requiring services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years to get their young lives back on track. When those children come from low-income households with limited English proficiency, there can be significant barriers in getting them the care they need.

Washington Post | May 24, 2016

National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

Mirror (UK) | May 18, 2016

In the UK someone is admitted to hospital with a brain injury every 90 seconds. It could be from a road traffic accident or fall, a stroke or from a tumor, meningitis, aneurysm or hemorrhage. It can leave a lasting impact on people's lives but doesn't mean their life is over. This week is Action for Brain Injury Week and we asked four people to share their stories of what is like to have suffered a brain injury.

Forbes | May 17, 2016

The National Hockey League has had its motion to dismiss class action concussion-related lawsuits filed by former NHL players denied by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. The ruling should allow the NHL player plaintiffs to proceed in seeking discovery from the NHL, which is something the league may want to avoid if there is damning evidence therein.

Bleacher Report | May 17, 2016

Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie's first-person story from Collie documenting his experience with concussions, his education in the field of traumatic brain injuries and his quest to help fellow athletes better deal with the recovery process.

WCPO (OH) | May 17, 2016

Dr. Julian Bailes believes high school sports are as safe as ever due to the knowledge of concussions and the understanding of limiting excessive activity. “We know better about how to diagnose and recognize them and also the importance of not sending them back into harm’s way until a concussion has resolved,” Dr. Bailes said.

C-SPAN | May 17, 2016

Parents of student athletes who sustained head injuries, college athletics officials, and representatives from U.S. Lacrosse and USA Hockey testified at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing today

The Huffington Post (UK) | May 17, 2016

In his new documentary ‘A Different Brain’ which airs on Sunday (BBC UK), Louis Theroux met with staff and patients of the Disabilities Trust. He met with people who had brain injuries so severe they’d forever rely on round-the-clock care, as well as those who had experienced injuries and were trying - and often struggling - to gain their independence again. While many of the stories are heartbreaking, they showed that even in the bleakest of situations, love from family members and friends prevails.

New York Daily News | May 17, 2016

Scientists using cutting-edge ligands — substances that bind to receptors and become visible through brain imaging — examine the brains of living at-risk athletes, including NFL and NHL players. The findings of such studies could shape the payouts from the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement, which is currently a subject of federal court appeals.

Medical Xpress | May 12, 2016

A new study led by SDSU scientists and recently published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports suggests that using fruit flies as a TBI model may hold the key to identifying important genes and pathways that promote the repair of and minimize damage to the nervous system.