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The News & Observer | Sep 16, 2015

The NFL’s concussion protocol consists of a three-step process that a player must go through before being cleared to return. A look at the three steps.

KARE 11 News | Sep 10, 2015

A Minnesota congressman is calling for a nationwide investigation to determine how many unqualified Veteran's Administration doctors have been doing traumatic brain injury (TBI) exams. The request comes in the wake of disclosures that unqualified doctors performed hundreds of TBI exams at the Minneapolis VA's Compensation and Pension (C&P) Department. Those exams resulted in veterans being improperly denied benefits.

KTVZ.com | Sep 10, 2015

Traumatic Brain Injuries affect 2.4 million people each year. One of these people is Miss Oregon 2015, Ali Wallace. 
In 2008, Wallace sustained a TBI while practicing as a cheerleader at Sunset High school. The resulting injuries kept her on the sidelines for more than a year, and affect her still today. “I always thought of my problems as small in she scope of things, but now I am inspired by others to do what I can to make this year count for the thousands in America suffering with traumatic brain injuries."

KARE 11 News | Sep 10, 2015

In the wake of disclosures that unqualified doctors performed hundreds of brain injury exams at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Department of Veterans Affairs is now refusing to release the names of doctors who performed initial traumatic brain injury (TBI) exams at other VA facilities across the country. Many news organizations are appealing the VA's FOIA denial, arguing that releasing the names of the doctors who have performed initial TBI exams will allow thousands of veterans and the public to determine how often exams by unqualified doctors may have denied Veterans benefits and access to medical care.

East Oregonian | Sep 10, 2015

They call themselves the Rebounders. Most of the people sitting in the circle last week had all suffered strokes or traumatic brain injuries. Like fingerprints, no two brain injuries are the same, but many of the Rebounders struggle with similar challenges — foggy memory, balance issues and clunky cognitive functioning.

Sports Illustrated | Sep 4, 2015

Like many players of his era, Leonard Marshall didn't get all the information on the effects of head trauma that should have been available to him. The league kept players in the dark regarding these effects for decades, and Marshall was diagnosed with signs of CTE in 2013. "Was I honored for the career I had as a player? And was I cared for? I mean, truly cared for as a professional athlete by the organization and the league I represented? These things come to mind very often."

America Tonight | Sep 4, 2015

Continuing their coverage from the 2014 and 2013 seasons, America Tonight will track all reported concussions in major college football this season. The interactive map marks each reported player concussion, as well as conference breakdowns of concussions. The map will be updated every week during the 2015 season (including the preseason).

Futurity | Sep 4, 2015

Many commercially available sensors worn by athletes to measure head impacts may be overestimating concussion risk. Where a sensor is mounted appears to make a big difference in the results, recent tests show.

The Washington Post | Sep 3, 2015

Despite promises for widespread reform, nearly 900,000 military veterans have pending applications to access health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department’s inspector general said Wednesday in a scathing report which recommended a total overhaul of their record-keeping system that could take years. One-third of those veterans are thought to be dead, but problems with the data makes it tough to know how many former troops were still struggling to get care, the report says. VA has said it has no way to purge the list of dead applicants.

Boston University Today | Sep 3, 2015

A new study by a team of researchers from the BU School of Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that former NFL players who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 had a higher risk of altered brain development compared to those who started the sport when they were older. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the first to show a link between early exposure to repetitive head impacts and structural brain changes later in life, the researchers said.

The New York Times | Aug 31, 2015

As the number of youngsters who participate in organized sports grows and reports of concussions rise, it’s vital for parents, athletes and coaches to know how these injuries are properly diagnosed and treated to avoid long-lasting consequences. While preventing an injury is always best, limited progress has been made in keeping youngsters free of concussions in sports with a high risk of head injuries.

TIME | Aug 31, 2015

Ten days before the NFL begins its season, the trailer for Will Smith’s next movie, Concussion, has hit the Internet. Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the person who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, or CTE, the neuro-degenerative disease caused by repeated head trauma, in the brains of two professional football players.

The Huffington Post | Aug 31, 2015

Ali is a beautiful, smart, young woman who also happens to have an invisible injury that she struggles with every day -- a traumatic brain injury. Early September she will head to Atlantic City to compete in the Miss America Pageant. She is using her platform at the Miss America competition to bring a face and a voice to this debilitating injury.

MIT Technology Review | Aug 31, 2015

A blood test that could quickly detect a brain injury and measure the damage it has done could help doctors provide better care for the millions of people. The trick is identifying proteins that appear in the blood in elevated amounts only after a brain injury and then developing tests that can both detect those markers and determine medically relevant information from them. Two companies, Quanterix and Banyan Biomarkers, have identified promising biomarkers and are devising and evaluating diagnostic tests.

The Huffington Post | Aug 26, 2015

Many "outsiders" have no idea what kind of hell we are going through. They hear the word 'concussion' and think it's not big deal. Or they hear the term 'traumatic brain injury' and can only imagine the most severe (think coma, bed ridden, not able to speak or walk) and figure if we're walking and talking then we must be doing 'OK.' Neither of these scenarios are correct, and I beg of you to try to understand what we're going through. At the very least, I offer you some suggestions on how to help us cope with this stressful and frustrating time of our life.

Military.com | Aug 25, 2015

Investing in research and treatment of traumatic brain injury can ward off future problems for veterans, including unemployment, homelessness and suicide, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday during opening remarks of a two-day conference on head injury in Washington, D.C. Drawing more than 300 of the country's top TBI researchers, the VA's State of the Art Conference on traumatic brain injury aims to share cutting-edge approaches to detecting head injuries, treating them and solving related problems.

New York Times | Aug 24, 2015

Recent attention to long-term brain damage linked to multiple concussions among professional football players has prompted a much closer look at how children and adolescents who participate in sports can be protected from similar consequences. Many parents wonder if it is wise to let their children participate in sports like football and soccer, in which head injuries are most common.

Daily Mail | Aug 21, 2015

Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself on Wednesday night in what police believe was a suicide attempt. The 50-year-old, who survived the shooting, had suffered from depression for years, according to his ex-wife. He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,' the player’s former wife, Marshawn Kramer, told NBC News. 'I can promise you he is not the same man I married.' Ms. Kramer believes that Kramer's depression is a direct result of his time in the NFL.

New York Times | Aug 21, 2015

According to a friend-of-the-court brief filed Thursday, the settlement between the N.F.L. and the 5,000 retired players who accused the league of hiding the dangers of concussions is flawed because it does not cover the full range of physical and psychiatric disorders linked to brain trauma. “The settlement neither recognizes nor compensates the majority of players suffering long-term consequences of brain trauma, but merely rewards certain small, discrete groups,” Shana De Caro and Michael Kaplen, lawyers for the Brain Injury Association of America, wrote in their brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. “The vast majority of retired football players experiencing physical, emotional and behavioral impairments following repetitive concussions remain excluded and uncompensated under settlement terms.”

The Frederick News-Post | Aug 21, 2015

Medical doctors at Fort Detrick are expecting “major advances” in the field of traumatic brain injury in the next few years. Col. Todd Rasmussen is director of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program at Fort Detrick. Rasmussen joined Col. Dallas Hack and physicians from the Department of Defense and national athletic programs in a media roundtable Wednesday at the Military Health System Research Symposium. The topic of the day was traumatic brain injury research, which Hack has dedicated his retired life to.

ESPN | Aug 21, 2015

Nearly 30 leading, independent concussion clinicians and researchers from around the United States will convene at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Oct. 15-16 to propose standard guidelines on the best practices, protocols and active therapies for treating concussions today. Their findings will be published in a medical journal and shared nationwide.

St. Paul Pioneer Press | Aug 21, 2015

After her 14-year-old son almost died in 2014 from a simple fall off a longboard (a longer, faster type of skateboard), Mary Barsness has made it her mission in life to get kids -- especially skateboarders -- to wear their helmets.

ABC News (AU) | Aug 21, 2015

Each time Adam Houston meets new people, he waits for their usual response — a puzzled look, a slump of shoulders and a slowing of speech as they realize he has an acquired brain injury. It has been 11 years since Mr Houston crashed his trail bike into a tree, but the response never changes, and the moment still stings. Mr Houston has spent the time since his accident, in August 2004, trying to reclaim the life he once lived.

News OK | Aug 21, 2015

Whether on the battlefield or playing field, trauma to the head has increasingly been shown to cause long-term damage to the brain. Now, an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist has completed a research project examining how traumatic brain injury (TBI) relates to degenerative brain disease.

Deseret News | Aug 21, 2015

After falling 30 feet from a cherry picker in his school auditorium preparing for a drama production, Pete Benda's long road to recovery has included a community service event to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury. On Saturday, Benda joined family members to offer helmets for $5 each outside a local grocery store.