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KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA | Nov 4, 2009

Soldiers returning from Iraq may be vulnerable to an injury they don't even realize they have. Now because of a study in the Bay Area, many are receiving detailed exams of their eyes.

Success Magazine | Nov 3, 2009

Steve Palermo had it all. Professionally, he was one of the most respected umpires in Major League Baseball. Personally, he was a newlywed, full of dreams. In an instant, everything changed.

Daily Press | Nov 2, 2009

Bryan Doerries was first exposed to Greek drama at the tender age of 7 when he played one of the children in Euripides' "Medea" at Christopher Newport University. The following year he played the boy who leads the blind prophet, Tiresias, in Sophocles' "Oedipus," also at CNU. | Nov 2, 2009

Struggling with traumatic brain injury, Michael Nepola of Ho-Ho-Kus sometimes has trouble finding the right words to describe his life. But he's clear about what he has to say to the students to whom he is telling his story.

The New York Times | Nov 2, 2009

The helmet sits under glass at the headquarters of the football players union, memorializing the play-at-all-costs warrior who strapped it on every Sunday. Four swaths of duct tape suture the crown. Screws are broken, the enamel is cracked, and two Raiders logos cling for dear life. During his 15 years as an N.F.L. lineman, this was the only helmet Gene Upshaw wore.

The New York Times | Oct 29, 2009

Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League, defended the league's response to the issue of concussions and the care of retired players before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in a hearing called to discuss the long-term effects of head injuries in football.

The New York Times | Oct 29, 2009

As the president of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the daughter of their owner, Gay Culverhouse was the woman in the men's locker room. Twenty years later, she is trying to keep her former players out of the emergency room.

The New York Times | Oct 29, 2009

We are now getting a sense of what we were watching for decades when the broadcasters gave pro football the old biff-bam-pow seal of approval.

The New York Times | Oct 29, 2009

The commissioner of the N.F.L. faced heated criticism Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee, with lawmakers, former players and even a former team executive accusing the league of neglect in its handling of active and retired players with brain injuries.

The New York Times | Oct 28, 2009

The list of witnesses who will testify before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on football brain injuries Wednesday is notable less for whom it includes than whom it does not.

Voice of America | Oct 28, 2009

A concussion happens when the brain is shaken, often in a car crash or a fall or a strike to the head in sports. Concussions can be mild, but doctors order a CT scan to look for a more serious injury. Computed tomography provides a detailed image of the brain. but a recent study warned that more children than necessary are being exposed to radiation this way.

The Washington Times | Oct 28, 2009

Members of Congress want to find out whether there is a connection between football and brain injuries. They will hear testimony Wednesday from as many as 17 former players, executives and doctors on the issue.

The New York Times | Oct 28, 2009

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to tell Congress that the league will offer free follow-up medical work to 56 players who reported dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related problems in a recent survey that helped spark a hearing Wednesday on head injuries.

The New York Times | Oct 27, 2009

Gay Culverhouse used to be the woman in the men's locker room. Twenty years later, she's their friend in the emergency room.

The New York Times | Oct 27, 2009

The NFL and its doctors have consistently dismissed independent studies showing unusual cognitive decline in former players. They insist that a long-term study by the league's committee on concussions, expected to be published in several years, will be the authoritative analysis.

The New York Times | Oct 27, 2009

Giants tight end Kevin Boss said Monday that he did not sustain a concussion when he was hit on the head during the team's 24-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

WKYC | Oct 27, 2009

When 29-year-old Wendy Moore died from brain injuries suffered in a skiing accident in 1997, her family looked for a lasting memorial for the young woman.

Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System | Oct 27, 2009

Defense and Veterans Affairs Department health care professionals began a three-day workshop here today to harness initiatives to improve psychological health care for service members and veterans.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center | Oct 27, 2009

The NFL and high school football have come into focus in the traumatic brain injury world lately, as studies pile up demonstrating the serious risk of degenerative brain disease to players who suffer multiple concussions.

The New York Times | Oct 27, 2009

In his most extensive comments on mental health challenges facing American forces fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that many military personnel fear a stigma if they seek help for psychological injuries.

Baylor College of Medicine | Oct 26, 2009

Neurons are structurally complex, with specific parts of the cell responsible for information input and other parts responsible for information output. When neurons lose the ability to distinguish between inputs and outputs, the nervous system stops working.

Insciences Organisation | Oct 26, 2009

The presence of a gene can predict when a traumatic brain injury will lead to early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The New York Times | Oct 26, 2009

When a survey commissioned by the National Football League recently indicated that dementia or similar memory-related diseases had been diagnosed in its retired players vastly more often than in the national population, the league claimed the study was unreliable.

National Public Radio | Oct 26, 2009

High school football left an indelible mark on George Visger. At 51, he's a man whose high school football experience decades ago remains vivid and special "” even though the game itself has left a dark cloud over his life.

The Greenville News | Oct 26, 2009

Michelle Scruggs says she broke her back playing soccer but never worried about brain damage from heading the ball.

Washington Post, On Parenting Blog | Oct 23, 2009

Has anyone re-thought their position on youth football, given the latest round of media attention?

Vancouver Sun | Oct 23, 2009

The government of British Columbia, Canada will announce today that it's expanding a promising program designed to prevent shaken baby deaths and injuries.

New York Times | Oct 22, 2009

Brain damage commonly associated with boxers and recently found in deceased N.F.L. players has been identified in a former college athlete who never played professionally, representing new evidence about the possible safety risks of college and perhaps high school football.

ScienceDaily | Oct 22, 2009

New research suggests a tailored approach to physical therapy after a neurological injury such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury could help restore a wider variety of functions.

Brain & Spinal Cord Injury News Center | Oct 22, 2009

A senior at Troy High School in Detroit, MI, Gayathri Kollipara, is the recipient of an immensely powerful and educational gift from assistant professor Christian Kreipke. In March, Kreipke began conducting a study on a new drug that may prove useful in the treatment of TBIs and invited Kollipara to shadow him throughout the duration of the study.

Voice of America | Oct 21, 2009

In 2006, ABC News correspondent and television anchorman Bob Woodruff was wounded while covering the war in Iraq. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and was not expected to survive. But Woodruff recovered, determined to help other Americans who were similarly wounded in the war.

Reading Eagle | Oct 21, 2009

Lee Woodruff and her four children were in Walt Disney World when she received the phone call. It was Jan. 29, 2006.

Science News | Oct 21, 2009

As doctors begin to test progesterone for traumatic brain injury at sites across the country, researchers are looking ahead to optimizing the hormone's effectiveness.

60 Minutes, CBS | Oct 20, 2009

You can't separate violence from football - it's part of the thrill of the game. Players know what they're risking when they hit the field, including injuries such as torn ligaments and broken bones. But what about a blow to the brain? According to the Centers for Disease Control, concussions from sports are an epidemic in this country.

The New York Times | Oct 20, 2009

Felipe Massa will not be racing on Sunday in the Brazilian Grand Prix, which he won last year only to fall a point short of capturing the driver's championship. At the race this weekend in São Paulo, his hometown, he has been given the honor of waving the checkered flag over the winner.

BYU Universe | Oct 20, 2009

A hush hovers over a swarming stadium as a helmeted head crashes to the ground and leaves a bulky body motionless on the turf. The player peers upward to observe several fuzzy fingers near his face and discerns the familiar words, "How many fingers am I holding up?"

Brain & Spinal Cord Injury News Center | Oct 19, 2009

In early September of 2009, The Department of Defense (DOD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) hosted the Military Health Research Forum in Kansas City, MO. The forum was dedicated to exploring new research on traumatic brain injury.

Post-Bulletin | Oct 19, 2009

Years ago, families were often told that a brain-injured family member would "plateau" after a year or two. But health providers are increasingly realizing that healing — and functional improvements — can often continue for life.

The Washington Examiner | Oct 19, 2009

Don Lange was serving in the Army in Afghanistan in 2004 when he sustained a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to communicate or feed himself. He was sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for rehabilitation. He needed help completing simple everyday tasks he had forgotten how to do.

The Associated Press | Oct 19, 2009

Standing at the edge of a clear pond in the Idaho mountains on a cold day in early October, former U.S. Marine Angel Gomez made a timid cast with his fly fishing rod.

Reuters | Oct 16, 2009

Projected to open in mid 2010, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) is a facility dedicated to the study and care of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and psychological health issues. Using Elekta Neuromag®, an advanced magnetoencephalography device, NICoE plans to shed light on how the brain works after sustaining combat-related injury.

The New Yorker | Oct 14, 2009

How different are dogfighting and football?

Canadian OH&S News | Oct 14, 2009

Traumatic brain injury incidents among Ontario construction workers are more likely to occur in the hour before and the hours after lunch break, a new study has found.

The New York Times | Oct 13, 2009

Urban Meyer is pulling our leg. Meyer, the Florida coach, says that quarterback Tim Tebow's status for Saturday's game against Louisiana State will be a game-time decision.

EmaxHealth | Oct 13, 2009

In response to a study on NFL player link to Alzheimer's just released, the National Football League announced last week that it is forming a concussion and brain injury committee. With the higher number of dementia noted in a correlational study that was commissioned by the NFL Player Care Foundation, evaluation of several aspects of the game and injury are essential.

Temple Daily Telegram | Oct 13, 2009

More soldiers are recovering from traumatic brain injury treatment than reports would have most people think, a Fort Hood doctor said.

The Journal Star | Oct 13, 2009

Tiffany Verzal framed a home video camera on 14-month-old Alexis, her comatose daughter clinging to life in the intensive care unit of a Texas hospital.

The Boston Globe | Oct 13, 2009

In a perfect world of public health, millions of parents would blitz football fields with the Hall of Fame fury of Ray Nitschke and Dick Butkus, storming sidelines to haul their precious babies away from bone-crunching tragedy. That is what should have happened after the National Football League's own study found retired players age 30 to 49 have dementia at a rate 19 times that of normal men that age.

ISRIA | Oct 9, 2009

The price appears to be right for former game show host and naval aviator Bob Barker, who donated USD 3 million to help build a premiere Defense Department center for wounded warriors suffering traumatic brain injuries.

Stars and Stripes | Oct 9, 2009

Congress will ask the Defense Department to review its procedures for awarding the Purple Heart to troops suffering from traumatic brain injury, whom some lawmakers feel are being overlooked by the awards process.

Yakima Herald-Republic | Oct 8, 2009

Imagine this: One moment the school counselor is saying you're bright enough to skip seventh grade. The next, you're in the hospital with a severe brain injury after being hit by a truck. If you live, you may never be the brightest kid in the class again. It happened 20 years ago to Aaron Norman of Yakima.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury News | Oct 7, 2009

A study published in the September issue of Archives of Surgery on data from the National Trauma Databank held implications that may inspire further research into possible healing functions of alcohol in the bloodstream of traumatic brain injury patients.

The Observer-Dispatch | Oct 7, 2009

Like many veterans, Vietnam vet Mark Lawrence of Rockford deals with post-traumatic stress disorder. But Lawrence has a drug-free way to help him with his PTSD: Katie, his 3-year-old Lakeland terrier. Lawrence is involved with Circle of Change, which pairs rescue dogs with veterans who have PTSD or traumatic brain injuries.

Army Times | Oct 6, 2009

The Army's vice chief of staff Monday called upon the service's sergeants to change the stigma linked to "the signature wounds of this war — Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury."

The Tennessean | Oct 5, 2009

The rookie thought he cost the Titans the game after fumbling a kickoff and muffing a punt, turnovers New York cashed in for 14 points in a 24-17 victory.

The Associated Press | Oct 5, 2009

The NFL Players Association has formed a committee to address the issue of head trauma among players.

The Arizona Daily Star | Oct 5, 2009

When Sean Morey dies, his brain and part of his spinal cord will be shipped to Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

The Los Angeles Times | Oct 5, 2009

They can't be set like a bone or staunched like a bleed. They can be difficult even to detect, but the military and others are working to improve care.

The Los Angeles Times | Oct 5, 2009

The military takes the lead in brain trauma research, giving hope to wounded civilians of a 'silent epidemic.'

The Los Angeles Times | Oct 5, 2009

With traumatic brain injury rampant among troops overseas, the military is taking a page from sports -- discovering ways to better diagnose and treat it.

North County Times | Oct 2, 2009

Moving to a new state and starting a new school is hard. But imagine how much harder it is if you have a parent whose been diagnosed with severe post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury due to serving in a war zone. Anastasia is one of those children. | Oct 1, 2009

On Saturday, University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow got crushed in the chest by a Kentucky defender. As he flew backward, a teammate's knee knocked into the back of his head and his arms went limp as he flopped to the ground. Tebow vomited on the sidelines several times after being carted off the field, and he was eventually brought to a local hospital. The diagnosis: a concussion.

The Baltimore Sun | Oct 1, 2009

Matt Birk knows concussions. The Ravens center has had three confirmed in his life, the most recent of which left him in a fog on the sideline of a home game in Minnesota trying to remember how exactly to leave the field.

National Public Radio | Oct 1, 2009

Former professional football players are being diagnosed with Alzheimer's and similar diseases at an alarming rate, says a study commissioned by the NFL. Head injuries have long been a concern of NFL players, and this report has put the league in a tough situation.

KCPQ, Seattle, WA | Sep 30, 2009

Football players, parents and coaches are thinking hard this week about the risks associated with playing football, after a Spokane teen died from a concussion.

The New York Times | Sep 30, 2009

A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer's disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league's former players vastly more often than in the national population "” including a rate of 19 times the normal rate for men ages 30 through 49.

ESPN | Sep 29, 2009

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is back home after spending the night in the hospital with a concussion. How long before he plays again is now the big question facing the Gators.

Stars and Stripes | Sep 29, 2009

Spc. William Medlin found a sort of relief in Iraq. It was so much simpler, he said, than dealing with the complications in his other life, the one in which his marriage of three years was falling apart.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center | Sep 29, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of CT scans are conducted every year on children who have hit their heads. The CT scans have been traditionally used to determine whether or not the children have incurred more serious brain injuries. A recently published study as well as recent discoveries of several more effective methods of diagnosing brain injuries may prove a vast number of CT scans to be unnecessary.

US News & World Report | Sep 28, 2009

People who suffer serious head injuries are more likely to survive if they have alcohol in their bloodstream, a new study suggests.

The New York Times | Sep 28, 2009

The surest way for motorcycle riders to avoid joining the rapidly growing ranks of fatality statistics — up 144 percent since 1997, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — is to wear proper head protection. A helmet increases the chances of survival in an accident by 37 percent, the safety agency says.

USA Today | Sep 28, 2009

U.S. servicemembers who suffer up to three mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions during a deployment — typically from roadside bombs — could be pulled out of combat for the duration of their tour, according to a policy being pushed by Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Live5News, Charleston, SC | Sep 25, 2009

IEDs have now added a new dimension to battlefield injuries.Doctors are seeing an increase in injuries and even deaths among troops who have no external signs of trauma but whose brains have been severely damaged.

Belleview News-Democrat | Sep 25, 2009

Richard Wessbecher doesn't remember being hit by a car while jogging in 2002 on the campus of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. He was knocked out.

KPBS | Sep 24, 2009

There are no official statistics on how many marriages break up after veterans return home from the Iraq war changed. But when a vet returns with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury, it can put a marriage to the test. The VA Medical Center in La Jolla estimates almost 30 percent of veterans they enroll are diagnosed with PTSD, and 8 percent have TBI.

Triangle Business Journal | Sep 24, 2009

Oxygen Biotherapeutics has received approval to begin phase II clinical trials in Israel on the Durham company's treatment for traumatic brain injury, the drug developer announced Wednesday.

The Daily Item | Sep 23, 2009

Brain-damaged by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq in 2006, television newsman Bob Woodruff retold his poignant story Tuesday to a packed Salem State College audience, flanked by his wife, Lee, who shared the emotional hardships she endured during the recovery process.

The Oregonian | Sep 22, 2009

Colin Cauthorn wasn't looking when the soccer ball came off the foot of a Tualatin player and caromed off the side of his head.

The New York Times | Sep 22, 2009

Each year, hundreds of thousands of children who hit their heads undergo CT scans to rule out the possibility of serious brain injury, but a new study has found that many of the high-radiation scans are unnecessary.

BBC News | Sep 22, 2009

A dose of alcohol may be a good treatment for people with head injuries, emergency doctors suggest. Their basis for this is the discovery that people appear less likely to die following brain trauma if they have alcohol in their bloodstream.

NHS Choices | Sep 22, 2009

The Daily Telegraph today reported that, "people lying in vegetative states in hospital can still learn" and that this "breakthrough could suggest which patients have the potential to recover from their injuries or illness."

The New York Times | Sep 22, 2009

With fall sports in full swing, concussions among student athletes are receiving more media attention than ever. High school athletes sustained 137,000 concussions in the 2007-8 school year, according to a study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Many more almost certainly went unrecognized or ignored.

Brisbane Times | Sep 21, 2009

Parents and step-parents who inflict head injuries on their infants are virtually never convicted of the crime unless they plead guilty, a study shows. In most cases prosecutions are never launched.

Yahoo Sports | Sep 21, 2009

When Kyle Turley reflects on the most significant concussion of his nine-year NFL career, he has to work hard to suppress his laughter.

The Boston Globe | Sep 21, 2009

US Army Major Matt St. Laurent had a long drive back to New Hampshire, and he was on an early flight out of Manchester to Washington the next morning, but he still didn't want to leave Fenway Park the other night.

Stars and Stripes | Sep 18, 2009
The profound strain of eight years of war on the volunteer force permeated a day-long conference of military leaders, policymakers, health experts and family advocates as they shared ideas to address the "unseen injuries" of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
The Age | Sep 18, 2009
About 25 young children with "shaken baby syndrome" have been admitted to the Children's Hospital at Westmead in the past eight years, but doctors say the actual number of children who suffer a devastating brain injury at the hands of a parent or carer is probably much higher, and is increasing.
The Seattle Times | Sep 18, 2009
Money won't change the fact that 16-year-old Zackery Lystedt may never walk again, could need assistance for the rest of his life and is permanently disabled by injuries that were preventable.
The Boston Globe | Sep 18, 2009
It was supposed to be a brief stop for the Red Sox to share the World Series trophy with wounded soldiers. But the team lingered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for much of the afternoon, deeply moved by their conversations with amputees and veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
The New York Times | Sep 16, 2009

Three NFL players announced Monday they will donate their brains and spinal cord tissue to a Boston University medical school program that studies sports brain injuries.

Columbia Missourian | Sep 16, 2009

Cpl. John McClellan has trouble remembering names and uses a Global Positioning System to find his way on unfamiliar streets. Three years ago, he was shot through the head by an enemy sniper while serving as a Marine in Iraq.

US News & World Report | Sep 15, 2009

Guidelines to identify children with a very low risk of serious brain injury after they've suffered a head injury are highly effective and can reduce the use of scans that expose children to radiation, a new study has found.

The Baltimore Sun | Sep 15, 2009

Ravens center Matt Birk has agreed to donate his brain and spinal cord tissue to a widening study of brain trauma.

Spinal Cord Injury & Brain Injury News | Sep 14, 2009

BHR Pharma has recently announced plans for a study to begin in early 2010. The study will be a multi-clinic trial to test the power and effectiveness of BHR-100, an intravenous progesterone infusion product, as an outcome-enhancing treatment option for patients with severe traumatic brain injury.

Spinal Cord Injury & Brain Injury News | Sep 14, 2009

Soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq suffering from a high rate of traumatic brain injury due to exposure to explosive blasts have prompted research projects to determine exactly how brain injury occurs during an explosion in which direct impact to the head does not occur.

Reuters | Sep 11, 2009
MOAA and USNI Sponsor Defense Forum: "Coping With Unseen Injuries: From Battlefield to HomeFront" | Sep 11, 2009
Dana Lough, her mobility slowed by a brain injury, has needed a lot of help over the years.
The New York Times | Sep 10, 2009
As I pondered postgraduate choices in medical school, I divided the medical specialties into joyful ones like obstetrics (congratulations, it's a healthy baby girl), grim ones like oncology (better get your affairs in order) and faceless ones like pathology (in which the good or bad news is delivered via an impersonal report).
Spinal Cord Injury & Brain Injury News | Sep 10, 2009
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of Rochester recently released a report on the results of a cutting-edge computer study on the correlation between non-impact bomb blasts and traumatic brain injuries in military personnel. | Sep 9, 2009
Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and author who lives in Marin County. She worked as a sports and news columnist at the San Francisco Examiner, then The Chronicle, from 1985 to 2007. Ryan's new book, "The Water Giver" (Simon & Schuster), from which this excerpt is taken, is the story of her 16-year-old son's near-fatal accident and how it changed her as a mother. The first part ran Tuesday.