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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. | Sep 9, 2009
The Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, one of the world's largest and most prestigious of its kind, announced that it has begun a 3-year-long extensive study on the effects and the potential of the common sleep drug zolpidem (formerly marketed as Ambien) in restoring vegetative patients back to consciousness.
Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System | Sep 8, 2009
A Defense Department-sponsored task force will examine the military's suicide-prevention programs to ascertain what works and what doesn't, a senior health official said, Sept. 3.
The Dallas Morning News | Sep 8, 2009
Trae Caster managed to stay calm as he stood next to his snare drum on the sideline at Cowboys Stadium, waiting for the big moment. His mom, Melonie Caster, was the nervous one.
MIT Technology Review | Sep 8, 2009
The blasts caused by improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan appear to inflict a fundamentally different type of brain damage than do more traditional sources of concussions, such as blunt trauma. The findings point toward new approaches to diagnosing and monitoring these injuries, which have been a huge concern to the military in recent years. The research also begins to resolve a controversy in brain-injury research — whether soldiers who are near an explosion but don't get hit in the head can still suffer a unique type of brain damage.
Science Daily | Sep 4, 2009
An injectable biomaterial gel may help brain tissue grow at the site of a traumatic brain injury, according to findings by a Clemson University bioengineer.
Voice of America | Sep 4, 2009
If you sustain a brain injury today, even a mild one, you only have one choice: a trip to the hospital to determine the severity of your injury. But now, the development of a new mobile brain scan device could change all that. The device, under development, scans brain waves and will be able to, its developers say, prevent death in many cases. | Sep 3, 2009
For the past year, almost 7,000 sensors mounted on helmets in Iraq and Afghanistan have been collecting data on blast trauma from improvised explosive devices.
Science Daily | Sep 3, 2009
Except in clumsy moments, we rarely knock over the box of cereal or glass of orange juice as we reach for our morning cup of coffee. New research at The University of Western Ontario has helped unlock the mystery of how our brain allows us to avoid these undesired objects.
The Washington Post | Sep 3, 2009
Matt Flavin oversaw a 450-person intelligence unit in Bosnia, deployed overseas with the Navy SEALs and survived combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the challenge now facing the 29-year-old is in Washington, where he is charged with helping President Obama make good on his pledge to expand veterans' benefits.
Anderson Independent Mail | Sep 2, 2009
An injectable biomaterial gel may help brain tissue grow at the site of a traumatic brain injury, according to findings by a Clemson University bioengineer.
TG Daily | Sep 2, 2009
Novint Technologies and SimQuest have announced plans to collaborate on a rehabilitative video game that will help improve cognitive, motor and sensory performance in soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury.
DOTmed News | Sep 2, 2009
Using a recently developed MRI-based brain scanning method known as Diffusion Tensor Imaging, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have been able to show that concussions cause brain damage. They have also linked areas of brain injury to specific impaired cognitive functions.
Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury News | Sep 1, 2009
Science Daily reports that researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy and the Ericyes University Medical School in Turkey published a study revealing elevated levels of the protein NSE in blood samples taken from amateur boxers after a two-month break from boxing.
Reuters | Sep 1, 2009
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, the research arm of MossRehab, one of the world`s leading clinical rehabilitation centers, has launched an ambitious research study to investigate how the sleep drug zolpidem might restore consciousness for patients in the vegetative state.
The Coloradoan | Aug 31, 2009
This town's Community Hall had an unusual sound filling up the room Saturday: the roaring bark from several canines. Berthoud's Community Hall held a "graduation" for dogs that were recently part of the Puppies behind Bars program.
PhysicsCentral | Aug 31, 2009
When today's soldiers enter combat, they're better protected from explosions than the military personnel of any previous war. Ultra-strong helmets shield them from the flying shrapnel of homemade bombs; high-tech cushioning cradles their skulls during sudden impacts with the ground. But because modern soldiers are surviving explosions that would have taken the lives of Vietnam-era infantrymen, army hospitals are seeing a rise in a particularly painful war wound"”traumatic brain injury.
ISRIA | Aug 31, 2009
Time is of the essence when it comes to finding better treatments for traumatic brain injuries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday at the 6th Annual World Congress for Brain Mapping and Image Guided Therapy.
MedPage Today | Aug 27, 2009

Mild traumatic brain injury can cause acute impairment in executive function, which is detectable by diffusion tensor imaging, data from a small clinical study showed.

Science Daily | Aug 27, 2009

New research on the effects of blast waves could lead to an enhanced understanding of head injuries and improved military helmet design.

National Public Radio | Aug 26, 2009

Unlike baseball, basketball and ice hockey, football is strictly an all-American game. Oh, there are a few Samoans in the NFL, the odd Canadian, but unlike most popular American cultural components, football has never succeeded as an export. Either it's just our thing, like bullfighting in Spain, or other people are too smart to risk playing it.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 26, 2009

"Senator Coburn, we need help," she says. "My husband has traumatic brain injury. His health insurance will not cover him to eat and drink. And what I need to know is, are you going to help him, where he can eat and drink? We left the nursing home, and they told us we were on our own."

The New York Times | Aug 25, 2009

Dr. Robert C. Cantu, a neurosurgeon who is an expert on sports-related concussions, says every parent with a child who plays a contact or collision sport should have what is called the Graded Symptom Checklist.

The New York Times | Aug 25, 2009

Attention players, parents, coaches, trainers, and doctors. The injury experts have a message. You've probably heard it before, but the moment is right to hear it again: If young athletes want to preserve their brains after a head injury, however minor, the typical jock advice to suck it up and get back in the game is not only bad, it's potentially life-threatening. | Aug 25, 2009

Drink is a factor in the deaths of at least one in five people who die from brain injury in this country.

Science Daily | Aug 25, 2009

Concussions, whether from an accident, sporting event, or combat, can lead to permanent loss of higher level mental processes.

The Bellingham Herald | Aug 24, 2009

When Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the Zackery Lystedt Law in May, it was intended to bring the safety of all athletes under the age of 18 following a head injury to the forefront.

The Seattle Times | Aug 24, 2009

For the past 34 years, Snohomish's family-owned Delta Rehabilitation Center has specialized in caring for patients — as young as 14 — with traumatic brain injuries.

The New York Daily News | Aug 24, 2009

When talking about sports concussions, football and hockey are the typical talking points. Unfortunately, baseball players aren't immune to suffering head injuries.

Science Daily | Aug 21, 2009

A blood test can now be used to detect brain damage in amateur boxers. Deterioration of nerve cells seems to occur even after a two-month break from boxing. This is shown in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy. | Aug 21, 2009

As high school athletes storm the field looking for a strong start to the 2009 football season, one group right in our backyard is working to ensure they know just what their helmets can take. | Aug 21, 2009

Less than 48 hours had passed since David Wright took a 94-mph fastball off his helmet. And yet, when he returned to Citi Field on Monday, he didn't have a bruise. He wasn't wearing a bandage. He wasn't holding an ice pack.

Berthoud Recorder, Colorado | Aug 20, 2009

The Puppies Behind Bars program, which has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and NPR radio, teams inmates from six New York maximum- and medium-security correctional facilities with puppies to train them to become service dogs for the disabled, and as explosive detection canines — bomb sniffing dogs — for law enforcement. Dog Tags is part of the PBB program and places dogs with veterans with PTSD and TBI.

NY Times | Aug 19, 2009

Ed Johnston never saw the puck coming. His friend, Bobby Orr, teed it up during warm-ups, and it hit Johnston on the side of the head.

NY Times | Aug 18, 2009

The Army plans to require that all 1.1 million of its soldiers take intensive training in emotional resiliency, military officials say. | Aug 18, 2009

She thought it was a simple fall, something a little rest would heal. But, within one hour, a Richardson woman was in surgery and fighting for her life.

University of Kentucky News | Aug 18, 2009

A University of Kentucky research team has identified an immediate and robust forearm response that occurs when moderate forces have been applied to the head, which may help coaches and staff guide return-to-play decisions.

The Hartford Courant | Aug 17, 2009

The concept is as simple as it is enticing: Take stem cells, which can develop into any type of cell, and turn them into replacements for body parts that are damaged or causing disease.

Voice of America | Aug 17, 2009

Cheerleading, often involving complex gymnastics routines, accounts for most sports-related deaths and serious injuries to young American females.

East Valley Tribune | Aug 17, 2009

Scott Bolzan says that when he woke up at Scottsdale Healthcare after slipping and hitting his head, a pretty blond woman embraced him. He had no idea that she was Joan, his wife of 24 years. He forgot his life on Dec. 17, 2008, and the memories still haven't come back.

The New York Times | Aug 13, 2009

Three weeks after absorbing the potentially deadly impact of a 93-mile-per-hour fastball on his batting helmet, Edgar Gonzalez still feels dizzy whenever he lies down.

The Florida Times-Union | Aug 12, 2009

Imagine you're in the waiting room of a trauma center, cold, confused, concerned and scared. Your loved one was transported there earlier after a serious accident. Questions abound: What is happening to my loved one? Will he survive? What's next?

The Associated Press | Aug 12, 2009

Researchers at Saint Louis University are recruiting civilians and military veterans for a study of traumatic brain injury. | Aug 11, 2009

"I woke up, just like any other day. My whole body was killing me. My back really hurt like I had been frozen. It was apparent that I was in a hospital, because there was a TV hanging on the wall. There was a calendar with days marked off, and it was mid-December."

Building Design + Construction | Aug 11, 2009

SmithGroup, a leading architecture and engineering firm and The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), a non-profit organization supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, celebrated the overall structural completion of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, an advanced facility dedicated to research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury.

PR Newswire | Aug 11, 2009

BrainScope Company, Inc. today announced its first device, the ZOOM-100DC brain electrical activity data collection system, has been cleared for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The ZOOM-100DC is an advanced 8-channel, portable, handheld electroencephalogram (EEG) device capable of recording and displaying EEG waveforms and providing conventional EEG measures displayed in tables.

The Washington Post | Aug 10, 2009

The worst thing you can do when you're recovering from war is stay in your room, said Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Martinez, who served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Washington Post | Aug 10, 2009

When Maryland native Keith Buckman regained consciousness in a Bethesda hospital last July, he knew he would never again play football, basketball or soccer, the sports he had loved growing up in Forestville. He barely survived a 2008 suicide bombing in Iraq's Anbar province that killed 25 people, including three fellow Marines. His legs and one arm were shattered.

The New York Times | Aug 10, 2009

Adam Lepak looked over at his mother and said, "You're fake." | Aug 7, 2009

Too many people associate homelessness with substance abuse, laziness, craziness, and extreme societal rejection, but one survey has reported that over 50 percent of the homeless in Toronto, Canada are afflicted with traumatic brain injury.

9 News, Colorado | Aug 7, 2009

Three years after surviving what should have been a fatal bicycle accident, South Metro Fleet Bureau Chief Brian Brown is warning people to "wear a helmet to save their brains."

Vermont Public Radio | Aug 6, 2009

When a Vermont state senator was accused last week of improper behavior in a public place, a complicated conversation began about the intersection of politics and disabilities.

Saint Louis University | Aug 6, 2009

In the first study of its kind, researchers at Saint Louis University are recruiting patients for a clinical trial that will use cutting-edge imaging equipment to map the brain injuries of combat veterans and civilians, aiming to better understand the nature of their injuries.

CBS News | Aug 5, 2009

Casey Owens wasn't expected to live after he lost both legs in Iraq. But he made it out of a military vehicle alive and to Bethesda Naval Hospital where CBS News national security correspondent David Martin first met him in October of 2004.

USA Today | Aug 5, 2009

Hopelessness haunted Tim Pollock for years after an Iraqi insurgent blew off half his skull during a reconnaissance operation in 2004. Back home in Columbiana, Ohio, the retired Army infantryman drank hard, bought a gun and considered suicide.

7th Space Interactive | Aug 4, 2009

Intracranial bleeding (IB) is a common and serious consequence of traumatic brain injury. IB can be classified according to the location into: epidural haemorrhage, subdural haemorrhage, intraparenchymal haemorrhage, and subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH).

The New York Times | Aug 4, 2009

Sgt. Jacob Blaylock flipped on the video camera he had set up in a trailer at the Tallil military base, southeast of Baghdad.

KTUU, Anchorage, Alaska | Aug 3, 2009

Although Alaska has one of the highest numbers of people serving in the military per capita, Thursday's summit on veterans' issues was the first of its kind.

Reuters | Aug 3, 2009

The United States signed a U.N. convention on Thursday aimed at ensuring equal rights for the world's 650 million disabled people, a pact that the former Bush administration refused to endorse.

WCAX, Vermont | Aug 3, 2009

Vermont State Senator and candidate for lieutenant governor Ed Flanagan is facing scrutiny. It stems from an allegation of inappropriate behavior at the Burlington YMCA. There are also broader concerns about Flanagan's mental fitness ever since he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident four years ago.

San Antonio Express | Aug 3, 2009

The old Ray wore a broad smile on his face and had a Rolodex of a brain for jokes, a man who loved cycling and camping, a go-getter who got things done at work and around his New Braunfels home.

7th Space Interactive | Jul 31, 2009

The causes of severe traumatic brain injury vary by age and other demographic characteristics. Mortality after trauma is higher for elderly than younger patients.

The Boston Globe | Jul 31, 2009

Marlborough High School's hockey coach, John Butler, has seen firsthand what can happen when an athlete suffers a concussion.

The New England Journal of Medicine | Jul 31, 2009

The views expressed by Hoge and colleagues in their Perspective article (April 16 issue) on the role of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in postdeployment dysfunction are not upheld by the clinical experience of most experts who provide care.

The New York Times | Jul 29, 2009

The sight was not that unusual, at least not for Mosul, Iraq, on a summer morning: a car parked on the sidewalk, facing opposite traffic, its windows rolled up tight. Two young boys stared out the back window, kindergarten age maybe, their faces leaning together as if to share a whisper.

Stars and Stripes | Jul 28, 2009

Tim Juneman went to a Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatrist in January 2008 to talk about his recurrent thoughts of suicide. The 25-year-old Washington State University student was an Iraq war veteran who had survived a year of tough fighting that left him with a twin diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Rodeo Attitude News | Jul 28, 2009

As part of his continued efforts to recover from a traumatic brain injury, former PBR rider Lee Akin underwent a procedure last week in Los Angeles to relieve chronic pain in his legs.

The New York Times | Jul 27, 2009

The future mix of homeless veterans was signaled here last weekend at Stand Down, an annual three-day tent city that provides respite and aid to former members of the armed forces whose lives have collapsed.

Associated Content | Jul 24, 2009

Medical and social experts say car surfing isn't cool, and a recent news event shows that's true. For those unfamiliar with this practice, new research reveals how very risky this practice is and how young people should be persuaded not to get involved in games that maim or kill. | Jul 24, 2009

Zackery Lystedt loved sports. And the then 13-year-old Seattle-area middle schooler excelled in them, especially football. Then, during an October 2006 football match, Zackery made a goal-line tackle and landed hard on his helmet.