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The Houston Chronicle | Jul 21, 2009

A bomb buried on a road north of Baghdad shattered Sergio Trejo's vertebra in 2006, paralyzing him from the neck down. Doctors warned the nerve damage could leave him bedridden for the rest of his life, but the Army sergeant fought through the agony of physical therapy to walk again.

Brain Blogger | Jul 21, 2009

Unilateral neglect (UN) is a debilitating cognitive deficit following traumatic brain injury with long-term implications to both the person affected and the health care system. In the United States, UN affects up to 200,000 stroke survivors, with the incidence and severity of UN increasing with age.

The Southtown Star, Chicago, IL | Jul 20, 2009

While many people jot down little reminders and to-do lists, Brian Sweeney has taken it to a whole new level.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jul 20, 2009

Late at night on the Fourth of July, Leslie Kammerdiener is stung by independence lost.

The Medical News | Jul 20, 2009

Dr. Alon Friedman, a neurosurgeon, professor and researcher at Ben-Gurion University of Negev, working with researchers from UC Berkeley, California have identified a TGF Beta Blocker that when given to rats prevents epilepsy after brain damage, according to a new study appearing in the July 15 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

The New York Times | Jul 17, 2009

A new study has found that more than one-third of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who enrolled in the veterans health system after 2001 received a diagnosis of a mental health problem, most often post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

The Los Angeles Times | Jul 17, 2009

A newly discovered daguerreotype of Phineas Gage, the only image of the man known to exist, recalls one of the most bizarre incidents in railroading and neurological history.

Scripps News | Jul 16, 2009

Shocks to the mind can have equally devastating long-term consequences for the brain as physical trauma, researchers are learning.

The Monterey Herald | Jul 16, 2009

A single dose of the female hormone estrogen could protect the brain after a traumatic injury, but researchers won't know for sure until they test it on humans. | Jul 15, 2009

Nearly two years ago, Zackery Lystedt, then 13, suffered two vicious hits and a severe concussion while playing football for Mount Tahoma Junior High. His coaches thought the boy was fine, and sent him back in the game. | Jul 15, 2009

They've left the battlefield, but their fights are not over yet. | Jul 15, 2009

The president of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) supports legislation that creates tougher penalties for insurance companies that deny legitimate medical claims. | Jul 15, 2009

Drugs that block a growth factor receptor on brain cells may prevent epilepsy after brain damage, according to a new study appearing in the July 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

The New York Times | Jul 14, 2009

For the first time since he was seriously injured in Iraq in 2006, the ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff returned to the war zone on Monday.

Medical News Today | Jul 13, 2009

Researchers in the US found that the destructive cellular pathways that occur following traumatic brain injury are the same as those activated in Alzheimer's Disease, suggesting that both conditions could be treated with new drugs that target these pathways.

Parade Magazine | Jul 13, 2009

September 6, 2008, was a clear-blue Indian summer day in Nebraska. Jennifer Ruth sat in the stands and watched her 12-year-old son, Derek, run with the football. She was unconcerned when he was tackled in a routine play.

InjuryBoard, Richmond, VA | Jul 13, 2009

The American College of Emergency Physicians in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have revised the clinical guidelines related to mild traumatic brain injuries in adult patients, which is expected to lead to better patient outcomes for the more than one million patients treated in emergency department every year for mild TBI, or concussion

National Public Radio | Jul 13, 2009

One out of every five U.S. soldiers reports coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI. Roadside bombs and Humvee wrecks are often to blame.

The Charleston Gazette | Jul 9, 2009

A single dose of the female hormone estrogen could protect the brain after a traumatic injury, but researchers won't know for sure until they test it on humans.

The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, IN | Jul 9, 2009

An Anderson soccer player will represent the USA in an international tournament, and this just a year after doctors were unsure if his brain was permanently damaged.

The Momstyle News | Jul 8, 2009

"Wearing a bicycle helmet is essentially a health behavior," says Matthew Davis, M.D., director of the National Poll on Children's Health "It is not yet a fashion statement. For many kids — especially older kids — there is a tension between this healthy behavior and being seen as cool or acceptable by their peers."

Genetic Engineering News, New Rochelle, NY | Jul 7, 2009

Chronic seizures caused by traumatic head injuries may result from chemicals released by the brain's immune system attempting to repair the injured site, according to a study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.

WLKY, Louisville, KY | Jul 6, 2009

About 10,000 soldiers are currently being rehabilitated at warrior transition units across the country, including at Fort Knox. "Even though some days are really hard, you always got to find a silver lining," said Sgt. Christopher Cook, for whom the road to recovery has not been a straight shot.

Fox News | Jul 6, 2009

In groundbreaking research, scientists at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth have determined that rapid estrogen administration can protect the brain following brain injury. These findings are now being tested on human trauma patients in North Texas. | Jul 2, 2009

Brandon Blackstone sits back snugly in a bright yellow kayak, flicks his right wrist and casts his fishing pole line.

Traverse City Record-Eagle | Jul 2, 2009

After a car crash caused traumatic brain injury to the son of James and Dorothea Wilson, the couple founded a rehabilitation center to offer hope to others in similar situations. | Jul 2, 2009

For many parents, says Dr. Ellen Deibert, youth sports can be a headache.

Houston Business Journal | Jul 2, 2009

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has received a five-year, $5 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development to create a new VA Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. | Jul 1, 2009

Walking and talking — most people take those abilities for granted. For members of a local group of brain-injury survivors, however, those are things they will never take for granted again. | Jul 1, 2009

A Bethesda medical facility for soldiers with critical brain injuries and their families is under construction after being stalled by a funding shortage at the start of the year. | Jun 30, 2009

A local veteran is living a better life now thanks to some help from his friends and a handful of volunteers. | Jun 30, 2009

Improved recognition, treatment and prevention of substance abuse among service members is the focus of a recent collaboration between the Defense Department and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a senior defense official said.


A recent concussion recommendation regarding the care of young athletes is causing debate among sports medicine specialists.

The MetroWest Daily News | Jun 29, 2009

The School Department now has an official policy for treatment and education of athlete concussions.

Boston (WBZ) | Jun 29, 2009

New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman has been put on the team's disabled list because he is experiencing concussion symptoms.

ArmyTimes | Jun 29, 2009

The deadline is July 27 for troops with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, and their families, to register for a free getaway near Big Bear Lake in California's San Bernardino Mountains.

ABC News | Jun 26, 2009

Eight years after he was struck in the back of the head with a baseball bat, a 26-year-old Colorado man was found lifeless in his bed last week with no obvious cause of death and no sign of foul play, Sgt. Bruce Whittich of the Longmont Police Department said.

The Gazette, Gaithersburg, MD  | Jun 25, 2009

A Bethesda medical facility for soldiers with critical brain injuries and their families is under construction after being stalled by a funding shortage at the start of the year.

Advance  | Jun 25, 2009

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can experience lasting or late-appearing neuropsychological problems, highlighting the need for careful watching over time, according to two new studies.

The New York Times | Jun 23, 2009

No direct impact caused Paul McQuigg's brain injury in Iraq three years ago. And no wound from the incident visibly explains why Mr. McQuigg, now an office manager at a California Marine base, can get lost in his own neighborhood or arrive at the grocery store having forgotten why he left home.

The Wall Street Journal | Jun 23, 2009

Several potential treatments for brain injury and stroke have failed in recent clinical studies, but one improbable therapy — the hormone progesterone — continues to show promise in warding off brain damage from head trauma and stroke.

The Washington Post | Jun 22, 2009

Three years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs established a laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin with high expectations that it would conduct state-of-the art research into combat-related brain injuries. Last month, VA announced it was moving the facility, after spending more than $3 million without testing a single veteran with traumatic brain injury., Washington,DC | Jun 22, 2009

A special father is getting a special Father's Day card this year — from supporters and friends who think the world of his work in creating The Sarah Jane Brain Project, which advocates on behalf of brain-injured infants and children.

The Boston Globe | Jun 22, 2009

With tactics that range from subterfuge to ultrasound beams, scientists are searching for a solution to one of medicine's most intractable problems: how to get drugs into the brain.

The Ann Arbor News,, Ann Arbor | Jun 19, 2009

Susan Riddle's life was forever changed by a drunk driver on July 10, 2002. "Basically, I had an SUV land on my windshield," she says.

MedPage Today | Jun 18, 2009

Moderate to severe brain trauma increases the risk of pituitary abnormalities that warrant investigation before they become symptomatic, according to investigators in an ongoing study.

ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists | Jun 18, 2009

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Ben Taub General Hospital, both in Houston, TX, investigated the role of glutamate, an excitatory amino acide, in the pathophsyiology of TBI.

The Los Angeles Times | Jun 17, 2009

A nursing home west of downtown Los Angeles has been fined $100,000 after state officials concluded that poor care led to the injury and death of an elderly resident who fell and hurt his head.

The Chicago Tribune | Jun 15, 2009

Name the leading cause of death and disability for children, teens and young adults. It's brain injury.

The Star-Telegram | Jun 15, 2009

For the first time in more than six years, a crack has opened in the VA that will allow more middle-income veterans with no disabilities access to primary doctors, hospitals and pharmacies.

The Houston Chronicle | Jun 15, 2009

Mark DeJaico hit rock bottom late last year at a Houston nightclub. He had just worked up the nerve to chat with a cute girl when her friend interrupted them.

The Associated Press | Jun 15, 2009

Last year, Kit Parker was a Harvard professor. Today, he is a U.S. Army major in Afghanistan. Parker has spent his whole career juggling two unlikely professions: Teaching and fighting. He returned in December to Afghanistan, where he has been involved in numerous firefights and attacks on his convoys with roadside bombs.

The Concord Monitor, Concord, NH | Jun 12, 2009

Adam Bouffard never considered safety that day. Neither did his friend Kevin Swanson. They never considered a helmet or the potential consequences of not wearing one. They never thought about brain trauma and its lasting effects or about the unforgiving pavement, a blur zooming under Bouffard's feet and skateboard, just a few inches away.

PR Newswire | Jun 12, 2009

A recent study by Kessler Foundation Research Center published in Brain Injury, the official journal of the International Brain Injury Association, uncovered the possible cause of cognitive fatigue in patients suffering from traumatic brain injury.

The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK | Jun 12, 2009

Six-year-old Shaelyn Lara took the photograph from her little sister and gently held it to her cheek. "Ma-ma," she said, looking up briefly and smiling shyly. She lowered the picture of her mother, along with her eyes, and stared at the image a few more seconds.

Creston News Advocator, Creston, IA | Jun 11, 2009

Every football season nearly 35,000 players are admitted to the hospital for head-related injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Thousands of other concussions will go undetected at the high school and college football level, often due to the desire for athletes to stay on the field, despite the warning signs.

National Guard | Jun 11, 2009

When Army Col. (Dr.) Kenneth Lee began evaluating more than 3,000 Wisconsin Army National Guardsmen called to duty last fall in the state's largest operational deployment since World War II to ensure their medical readiness, he approached the task with unique and personal insights.

The Oregonian | Jun 11, 2009

A few years ago, Max Conradt was an exceptional high school scholar athlete when he suffered his first concussion on a southern Oregon football field. After suffering a second concussion in a game the following week, Max was unconscious and in a coma that would last for four months. Today Max is in a long-term care facility doing his best to cope day by day, surrounded by family and friends who do what they can to make his life better.

The Best Defense | Jun 10, 2009

Now I was lying there on the ground, didn't know what was wrong with me. I'd lost most of my blood, I had shrapnel to the brain, both eardrums were blown out, both femurs shattered and there was burning shrapnel studded in my legs from my hips to my ankles.

The Londoner, Ontario, Canada | Jun 10, 2009

Unless it is the accidental death of actress Natasha Richardson or the career-ending concussion suffered by some professional athlete, it's rare for the public to think much about brain injuries.

The New York Times | Jun 9, 2009

New guidelines for the care of youth athletes who sustain concussions are causing controversy among brain-injury experts, reigniting the debate over whether strict rules regarding concussions can actually leave athletes at greater risk for injury.

Victoria Advocate, Victoria, TX | Jun 9, 2009

Jacob Mejia made it to his 20th birthday. That's a special milestone, considering the Cuero man was left in critical condition for almost a month after a near-fatal car wreck last Thanksgiving.

Business West, Springfield, MA | Jun 9, 2009

For many parents, says Dr. Ellen Deibert, youth sports can be a headache. "We deal with a lot of kids out there who are active in sports. A lot of them play soccer year-round. I feel bad for their parents," she said with a wry smile.

Business West, Springfield, MA | Jun 9, 2009

Written off 14 years ago by the medical profession, a once-vegetative Kylan Hunter finds himself today in a position his doctors never thought possible: as a poster boy for the brain injured.

The Hindu News | Jun 8, 2009

A 27-year old woman, suffering from severe disability for the past year following an accident, has successfully undergone brain stem cell transplant surgery — the first such case in the country, doctors at a super-specialty hospital here claimed today.

The Miami Herald | Jun 5, 2009

The University of Miami Medical School is part of a new national consortium of 52 top medical institutions being created to study and treat what it calls the leading cause of death and disability in children — brain injury.

The Medical News, Sydney, Australia | Jun 5, 2009

The National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment program is expanding the evidence base surrounding the treatment of traumatic brain and head injury by commissioning four new research projects. If left untreated many patients with head injury will rapidly develop complications which may lead to death or permanent disability.

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Jun 5, 2009

Saul Raisin literally was born to ride a bicycle. As a child growing up in Dalton, Ga., Raisin was diagnosed with Scheuermann's kyphoscoliosis, which caused a pronounced curvature of his spine. The defect also resulted in an enlarged chest cavity and the greater lung and heart capacity helpful for an elite cyclist.

UCLA Newsroom | Jun 3, 2009

Traumatic brain injury— not heart disease, stroke or cancer —is thenumber onecause of death and disabilityin people under 45. Each year, some 1.5 million Americans, including soldiers, athletes,the elderly andchildren,sustain head injuries, and nearly half of them will be hospitalized and treated in an emergency room or intensive care unit. But what if they are treated incorrectly?

The Kennebec Journal, Kennebec, Maine | Jun 3, 2009

They're cute, they're tiny and they're entirely capable of driving their new parents crazy with frustration. Every mom and dad knows that newborns, those little bundles of joy, can be angels or demons. When asleep, they're so easy to love, when awake and smiling they're just adorable — but when it's 2 a.m. and they've been squalling for hours on end, they can be very hard to take.

The Los Angeles Times | Jun 2, 2009

Under the skin, a battery is surgically implanted — generally within the upper chest. From the battery, wires snake up to the head, to tickle different targets deep inside the brain. Such is the hardware for deep brain stimulation — the equivalent of a cardiac pacemaker for the mind.

Times Union, Albany, NY | Jun 2, 2009

Thirteen-year-old James Wyatt Spencer, an experienced ATV rider, was driving a 2009 Yamaha Rhino with his friend Thursday when he hit a patch of wet grass and rolled. The machine flipped and landed on Spencer in a field more than 500 yards from his Bozenkill Road home.

The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO | Jun 2, 2009

Helping people who don't seek or want help can be tricky. Some Colorado Springs pastors are struggling with this as it relates to military people in their congregation suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or traumatic brain injury.

Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System | May 29, 2009

A Marine who returned home from his second deployment from Iraq knew that "something was definitely wrong" with him. "It really didn't start setting in on me until I was back three or four months," said Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Hopper, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, N.C. "It probably took me about nine months after I returned from Iraq to get help, [which] is why I ended up being a chronic case of [post-traumatic stress disorder], because I let it go too long."

The Wilton Bulletin, Wilton, CT | May 29, 2009

In one instant, Craig Sears' life was shattered. While riding his motorcycle in Bridgeport on a bright July day in 1987, he collided with a car going the wrong way and was thrown 40 feet. He landed head-first into a curb, fracturing his skull and breaking his wrist.

Philadelphia Daily News | May 28, 2009

The NFL MTBI (mild-traumatic brain injury) Committee, which was established in 1994, is studying to determine if there are any long-term effects of concussions on retired NFL players.

Philadelphia Daily News | May 28, 2009

What Lisa McHale would like you to know is the way it once was, not the way it ended. Because it is vital to her that you know her husband Tom as she will always remember him — the intelligent, principled, fun-loving man she fell for so long ago back in college

InjuryBoard, Norfolk, VA | May 27, 2009

You're better off dying than suffering a brain injury in the state of Virginia. This is the opinion shared by State Sen. Richard Stuart and many others, according to The Virginia Pilot. A heart-wrenching example is Art Pierce, a truck driver who, in 2006, suffered a traumatic brain injury in Stafford, VA.

Opposing Views, Los Angeles, CA | May 27, 2009

Traumatic Brain Injury is the single most common cause of death and disability in children and adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Now, according to a new study by UCLA researchers, the effects of a blow to the head, whether it's mild or a concussion, can linger for years.

The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO | May 26, 2009

It's more than merely fitting that we honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day. But let's all remember that many of our fallen heroes are still alive.

Nextgov | May 26, 2009

The Senate directed the Defense Department on Thursday to track soldiers' injuries caused by bombs such as improvised explosive devices so it can identify those who may develop complications years after the attack, including psychological disorders.

The Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2009

Indiana National Guard Sgt. Gerald "G.J." Cassidy, who served his country in Bosnia and Iraq, died alone and ignored in a barracks at Fort Knox from an accidental drug overdose

The Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD | May 26, 2009

When you ask Brianna Sudenga about the line drive that altered her life, she begins the story without a trace of emotion or drama, as if recalling a trip to the store. But the NCAA Division I softball player is unable to provide the end to her narrative, and she wonders if she ever will.

The Houston Chronicle | May 26, 2009

Shane Linnell battled the Taliban in Afghanistan and insurgents in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star for valor in combat. But after leaving the Army in 2004, it took him four years to find the courage to walk into a VA hospital and ask for help.

Mediabistro | May 22, 2009

ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee hosted a breakfast this morning to kick off their Memorial Day Twitter fundraiser Tweet To Remind.

WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH | May 21, 2009

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend a local soldier critically injured in Iraq shares his inspirational story about love, loss, friendship, and hope.

The Austin American-Statesman, Austin, TX | May 20, 2009

Congressional staffers will visit Central Texas on Thursday to evaluate whether a brain injury research program housed at the University of Texas should move to Waco.

Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, CT | May 19, 2009

Parents who talk till they're blue in the face about the dangers of drunken driving might want to hand over the lecturing duties to Brandon Silveria. Nearly two decades ago, Silveria, then 17, was driving home after drinking a couple of beers at a party. The world was his oyster. He had a girlfriend, a car and a four-year crew team scholarship waiting for him at Boston College.

Peninsula Daily, Port Angeles, WA | May 18, 2009

Laurie Yarnes' mind overflows with ideas. A conversation with her pounces, catlike, on one passion and then another. But Yarnes, an artist and engineer, says that these days she has trouble carrying her notions through to fruition, be they new watercolor paintings or architectural designs. Yarnes is recovering from a traumatic brain injury suffered when an irrigation pipe cover exploded in her face.

The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO | May 18, 2009

The wobble starts when Ketti McClanahan closes her eyes. For 30 seconds, with her arms folded and her feet planted on a thick foam pad, the 51-year-old Army mechanic struggles to keep her balance. Her face fails to hide the frustration.

The New York Times | May 18, 2009

With his wife's help, Terence Conley walked slowly toward a piano on a recent Thursday at the Jazz Foundation of America headquarters in Manhattan. "Play something nice," Judith Conley told her husband as she eased him onto a piano stool.

UCLA Newsroom | May 15, 2009
Traumatic brain injury is the single most common cause of death and disability in children and adolescents, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, UCLA researchers have found that the effects of a blow to the head, whether it is mild or a concussion, can linger for years.
The Seattle Times | May 15, 2009

Before she signed the country's most rigorous law protecting young athletes from severe brain injuries, Gov. Chris Gregoire took a seat next to 16-year-old Zackery Lystedt. Behind Lystedt — in his wheelchair and dressed in a sharp black suit that his father picked out — stood more than 50 friends, family, and supporters.

The Herald Standard, Uniontown, PA | May 14, 2009

When Ashley Grohal opened her eyes, the only thing she could remember was flashing lights and sirens as she was being put into an ambulance on her way to Mount Nittany Hospital.

National Institutes of Health | May 13, 2009

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health has stopped enrollment into a clinical trial testing the effects of highly concentrated (hypertonic) saline solutions on patients with severe traumatic brain injury when given as soon as possible after the injury — that is, before the patient arrives at the hospital or emergency room.

The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY | May 13, 2009

Former NASCAR driver "Swervin'" Ernie Irvan, who nearly died in 1994 when his race car slammed into a wall at 170 miles per hour, visited the Syracuse area on Tuesday to talk about his personal experience with traumatic brain injury and promote head injury prevention. | May 12, 2009

Understanding the state of the intracranial environment is important in patients following traumatic brain injury. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have created a "lab-on-a-tube" device that can drain cerebrospinal fluid while monitoring the pressure, oxygen content, temperature, and glucose within the intracranial space.

The Salt Lake Tribune | May 11, 2009

The only thing Derek Wollschleger, a senior pitcher from Murray High, remembers about the moment that almost killed him is the date and the time it took place.

The Cape Cod Times | May 11, 2009

He struggles to his feet, greeting visitors with a smile and outstretched hand. There aren't too many 21-year-olds today who stand as a gesture of respect when a guest enters a room. Vincent Mannion does.

Pharmaceutical Business Review | May 11, 2009

Oxygen Biotherapeutics, a company engaged in the business of developing biotechnology products with a focus on oxygen delivery to tissue, has filed an application with the FDA to obtain orphan drug designation for Oxycyte for the treatment of patients with severe, closed-head traumatic brain injury.