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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.

The Chicago Tribune | May 8, 2009
USA Today | May 8, 2009

She has closed the door to his room, and can finally sleep through the night. Yet sometimes when she wakes, and the house is quiet, Patricia hears her husband calling her. "For the last eight years of my life, it's revolved around Greg," she said. "It's going to be really strange to get used to not having that."

Medscape | May 6, 2009

For the first time, a new imaging study that employs diffusion tensor imaging shows that veterans who sustain mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by blasts have a different pattern of injury than their counterparts who suffer mTBI as a result of a direct hit to the head that does not involve an explosion.

Des Moines Register | May 6, 2009

A knock on the door in the middle of the night. A race to the hospital. An accident that would forever change a family's lives. For Kay Graber, the seeds of activism were sown at her injured son's bedside.

The Huffington Post | May 5, 2009

Memorial Day is on the horizon and for most of us, it's a blessed three-day weekend where we can sleep in, char something on the BBQ, and relax with our friends. But for the one in four people in this country who are caregivers, people parenting their parents or dealing with a sick, injured or disabled loved one, Memorial Day may not be any break at all.

The Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, FL | May 4, 2009

Heat center Jermaine O'Neal said his concussion symptoms have improved but he's not sure he'd be fit to play in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series tomorrow at Atlanta.

The Southtown Star, Chicago, IL | May 4, 2009

The only thing more amazing than the complexity of the human brain is the courage of the human heart. Brian Kelly's story is about both of these things and a nightmarish event that most Orland Park residents will never forget. On Dec. 26, 2001, the Nissan Sentra that Kelly was driving was crushed by the Orland Park Public Library bookmobile, a 13-ton, 35-foot-long Winnebago-style vehicle. He had suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | May 4, 2009

Matt Lee doesn't remember the nurses who took care of him after an auto accident on Jan. 2. His parents will never forget them. Matt's story is one that every parent fears. Close to midnight on a foggy, rainy evening, the Atlanta Greater Christian School senior sent a text message to his parents from a friend's house — "Home in 10 minutes."

KVUE, Austin,TX  | May 4, 2009

Brain injuries are fast becoming one of the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghantistan. Now, some San Antonio researchers are trying a cutting edge way to treat these wounded warriors. It involves oxygen.

Independence Today, Troy, NY | May 4, 2009

Peter Kahrmann is a very open person; he made an interviewer laugh immediately when he spoke to her on the phone. In the course of getting to know him and some of the traumas that shape, but don't define, his life, one wonders if his openness was related to his brain injury. But the bullet that entered his brain is not necessarily responsible for his wide embrace of the world.

WBIR, Knoxville, TN | May 1, 2009

As President Obama asks for 83 billion dollars more to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan there are mounting concerns over the mental health of U.S. troops, specifically those returning from the battlefield. | Apr 29, 2009

Three years ago, local teen Heather Aucoin suffered devastating injuries as a result of a car accident that left her with not only scars and damage to her face and ankles, but more importantly, a mild traumatic brain injury.

Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT | Apr 29, 2009

Professional sports organizations are constantly searching for ways to improve the safety of competitions. Sports involving unarmed combat like boxing and mixed martial arts can face immense challenges since the ultimate goal is to neurologically impair an opponent in the form of a knock-out.

Charleston Regional Business Journal | Apr 29, 2009

Force Protection and MUSC are counting on 300 orange heads to grab some attention. They put the "phantom" heads on display on the steps of the U.S. Customs House today from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to educate the public about traumatic brain injury.

Concord Monitor, Concord, NH | Apr 29, 2009

Laura Horning buckled up. But an old car, a bad crash, and lousy luck left her with the kind of accident — and the kind of injury — typical of crash victims who don't. The seatbelt in her 1979 Bandit Trans Am ripped out of the car's floor after a head-on collision, and Horning was ejected from her vehicle, hitting her head 50 feet down the road.

Houston Chronicle | Apr 28, 2009

Just after Independence Day in 2007, Marty Gonzalez's picture was on the front page of the Houston Chronicle under the headline "Hometown Hero" for his valor as a Marine, his three Purple Heart medals and his Bronze Star for saving American lives in Fallujah. Boxing | Apr 28, 2009

Former WBA heavyweight champ Greg Page, who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2001 fight, has died at his Louisville home at the age of 50. According to Page's wife, the ex-champ died from complications due to boxing injuries and paralysis.

KTVB, Boise ID | Apr 27, 2009

Next week, Garden City baby Lily Smith will turn one-year-old — quite a milestone when you consider this: a month ago, doctors thought she would die. Lily is the apparent victim of shaken baby syndrome.

The San Bernardino County Sun, San Bernardino, CA | Apr 27, 2009

Steve Bast thought Kris Butler was dead. The orthopedic surgeon was hoping to neglect his day job that June afternoon in 2006 and simply manage his son's Upland American Legion baseball team. But he was jolted out of the dugout by his instincts as a doctor, a coach, a parent ... a human being.

Information Week, Manhasset, NY | Apr 24, 2009

Apple on Thursday apologized for offering on its App Store the "deeply offensive" Baby Shaker iPhone application that sparked protests from groups fighting infant abuse.

WSBT-TV, Mishawaka, IN | Apr 23, 2009

Twenty-four-year-old Alberto Naranjo of Elkhart was pronounced dead Monday. He was injured after accidentally getting hit in the head by a ball during a softball game Saturday.

The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn, AL | Apr 23, 2009

Auburn student Jason Stanley left Skybar the night of Jan. 25, 2007, after having an altercation with a bouncer. Once outside in the alley next to the bar leading to his Glenn Avenue home, Stanley was jumped by the bouncer's friends who were hiding behind a dumpster.

New Scientist, UK | Apr 23, 2009

One look at the effects of a bomb blast suggests that you'd have to be extremely lucky to emerge from one unscathed. If you were not burned by the explosion or blasted by shrapnel, the chances are you'd be hit by the shock wave. Traveling at several hundred metres per second, this causes massive fluctuations in air pressure which can knock you unconscious, rupture air-filled organs such as eardrums, lungs and bowels, and stretch and distort other major organs.

The Seattle Times | Apr 23, 2009

At a subdivision in Southeast King County, nine people wield shovels, picks and machetes to hack down blackberry thickets that have overgrown a tiny wetland. Hour by hour, they clear more of the brambles, revealing cedar and other native plants that had been enveloped by the thorny bushes.

CorePsychBlog | Apr 22, 2009

After having seen thousands of SPECT brain scans, I can report with certainty that TBI is often missed in the ADHD differential, and is more frequently found than expected.

Salem-News, Salem, OR | Apr 22, 2009

A bill aimed at reducing permanent brain injuries to members of school athletic teams passed the Oregon Senate unanimously on Tuesday.

Voice of America | Apr 22, 2009

When warriors return home from the battlefield, they often struggle with emotional and psychological illness. Many have suffered brain injuries, and most face difficulties readjusting to civilian life. To help those servicemen help themselves, the US Defense Department has opened a 24-hour telephone help line.

Ashland Times-Gazette, Ashland, OR | Apr 22, 2009

From life-threatening diseases to cluttered living rooms, the Murray family can find the promise in anything. The Ashland family has endured numerous tests of its strength but always manages to find the silver lining in any tribulation. In a family riddled with illness, life remains a gift.

The Women on the Web | Apr 21, 2009

In her new book, Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, Lee Woodruff writes with wisdom and humor about raising four children, her marriage to ABC anchor Bob Woodruff, and what it feels like to be a woman trying to juggle it all.

ABC News | Apr 21, 2009

A Mississippi woman gave police quite a surprise last Tuesday night after deputies stepped over the body of her estranged husband on the back porch and entered the couple's rural home.

The New York Daily News | Apr 20, 2009

On this date, exactly 20 years ago today, violence changed my life. It was April 19, 1989, and I went for a run in Central Park. During that run, I was brutally beaten, raped, bound, gagged and left for dead. Five others were also accosted that night. I almost bled to death and, as a result of the traumatic brain injury I suffered, was in a deep coma. One physician told my family it would have been better if I had died in the park. The story made headlines and the press, protecting my privacy, called me simply "The Central Park Jogger."

Fox News | Apr 20, 2009

It's been 20 years since a brutal attack in New York City's Central Park left a 28-year-old investment banker clinging to life, the victim of a crime that shook the nation and divided a city.

Navy Times | Apr 20, 2009

Inexact post-deployment questions about service members' health are leading to incorrect diagnoses of mild traumatic brain injury, resulting in troops sometimes receiving the wrong medications and inappropriate treatment while other maladies go untreated, two leading Army TBI researchers conclude in a paper published April 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Auburn Villager, Auburn, AL | Apr 20, 2009

Two years ago, Carol Stanley's life changed forever. Stanley, the mother of an Auburn University student and an investigator for the Beasley, Allen law firm in Montgomery, suddenly found herself in the unlikely role of victim's rights advocate and crusader to educate the public about traumatic brain injury, known as TBI.

The New England Journal of Medicine | Apr 20, 2009

Researchers estimate that more than 300,000 U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (20% of the 1.6 million) have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, with the majority going untreated.

KIRO TV, Seattle, WA | Apr 16, 2009

A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached for a Seattle man who sued King County over a crippling bicycle crash. The county will pay $3.5 million to Jeffrey Totten, who will spend the rest of his life struggling with traumatic brain injury.

USA Today | Apr 16, 2009

The Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs are overemphasizing mild traumatic brain injury among combat troops at the expense of other medical problems that are going untreated, two Army mental health researchers say in an article that has raised intense objections from other scientists studying the condition.

Science News | Apr 15, 2009

A new study is the first to assess the effectiveness of treating sleep disorders in adults with a traumatic brain injury. Results indicate that treatment may result in the objective resolution of the sleep disorder without improvements in daytime sleepiness or neuropsychological function.

The Kansas City Star | Apr 14, 2009

Every soldier who has gone to war in the past year paused before leaving to take a brain test — basic math, matching numbers and symbols, and identifying patterns to measure response time and accuracy.

Vail Daily, Vail, CO | Apr 14, 2009

Vail Resorts employees: Put on your helmets in Vail, Colorado. The ski company announced on Monday that beginning next season, all employees will be required to wear helmets while skiing or riding on the job at its five mountain resorts.

WHSV, Harrison, VA | Apr 13, 2009

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced Friday the award of $1.7 million in grants to veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves not on active duty who are suffering from combat-related head injuries and stress disorders.

Salem News, Beverly, MA | Apr 13, 2009

For the Masconomet lacrosse team, it's a "little miracle" that they can finish their season and their high school careers together.

WWJ Newsradio, Detroit, MI | Apr 13, 2009

Liying Zhang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering in WSU's College of Engineering, has received a $214,306 award from the United States Department of Defense to develop a computer simulation tool that accurately models mild traumatic brain injury in the human head.

The Washington Post | Apr 13, 2009

It's an image forever seared into Catherine Sanders's mind: her infant son Ryan, bruised and hooked up to life support, struggling to survive.

Charleston Regional Business Journal, Charleston, SC | Apr 10, 2009

After months spent researching and developing test platforms, Force Protection and the Medical University of South Carolina have conducted the first successful test blast in their research of traumatic brain injury.

Anderson Cooper 360 | Apr 10, 2009

I just returned from Mont Tremblant, Canada. It is one of the more beautiful ski resorts in eastern, Canada, and it is also the place where actress Natasha Richardson fell and suffered a fatal brain injury. | Apr 10, 2009

CNN's Judy Fortin reports damaged brains can now be re-wired through mental exercises.

News 14, Charlotte, NC | Apr 9, 2009

Eight years ago, he crashed his car after a night of drinking. "It's a split-second decision. And as Josh can show, after eight years, he still has a traumatic brain injury," Bennett said. "He still can't make decisions on his own. He can't be alone. That split-second decision changes a lot of lives."

The Associated Press | Apr 9, 2009

Every soldier who's gone to war in the past year paused before leaving to take a brain test — basic math, matching numbers and symbols, and identifying patterns to measure response time and accuracy. Now that some of these troops have returned, they're taking a fresh round of tests, all part of a broad effort by the military to better treat head injuries.

National Anemia Action Council | Apr 8, 2009

Severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) is a common occurrence that presents numerous health care challenges. sTBI case studies report high percentages of fatalities, as well as poor long-term prognoses in terms of cognitive abilities and patient quality of life. In particular, anemia has been shown to be injurious to the brain, and thus detrimental to patients with sTBI.

RedOrbit, Dallas, TX | Apr 8, 2009

According to the results of a study released by US military scientists, researchers believe they are closer to understanding how the blasts from roadside bombs can cause damage to soldiers' brains — even when there are no apparent physical injuries.

The Capital Times, Madison, WI | Apr 8, 2009

It was just a tumble down a couple of steps. But the bump on her head nearly killed Samarah Morrison, a Madison toddler now recovering from the same kind of brain injury that led to the recent death of actress Natasha Richardson after a fall on a beginner's ski slope in Canada.

Royal Society of Chemistry, London | Apr 7, 2009

A spiral sensor sandwich could help patients with traumatic brain injury. The new device allows continuous monitoring of key physiological and biological parameters affected by TBI.

Clarion Ledger, Jackson, MS | Apr 7, 2009

It kind of felt like Christmas last week at Brandon Elementary when students received life-saving freebies just in time for outdoor fun — safety helmets.

USA Today | Apr 7, 2009

Military scientists are learning how roadside bombs — the most common weapon used against U.S. troops in the field — harm the brain even when there is no other physical damage, according to research results released by the project's lead scientist.

The Southern, Carbondale, IL | Apr 6, 2009

Angela Moehring is an attractive 30-year-old who lives in an apartment in Carbondale. Until you talk to her, you would never guess she suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her in a coma for nearly two months - and changed her life path forever.

The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR | Apr 6, 2009

Adorned in a black leather jacket and black fedora with a "Visualize World Peace" button stuck in it, he walks the streets and rides the buses of the Hawthorne District like a modern-day Rocky Balboa. He says "Hey" and "What"s up?" and "Have a great day" to perfect strangers, popping in and out of storefronts and the coffee shops where he enjoys his caramel macchiato lattes. And if Max Conradt catches you on a bicycle without a helmet, he will let you know about it.

The Seattle Times | Apr 6, 2009

At the University of Washington, MacArthur "genius" award-winner Yoky Matsuoka is leading the effort to build robotic hands and other devices that will take commands directly from the human brain — and revolutionizing the opportunities for people with disabilities to function more fully.

The Herald-Mail, Hagerstown, MD | Apr 6, 2009

A routine gutter cleaning on the roof resulted in Bob Pitt's brain injury.

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Wicked Local Middleton, Beverly, MA | Apr 3, 2009

Something was wrong, terribly wrong. Kate Evans stood there, crying, trying to open a simple shampoo bottle and just could not do it.

The Alternative Press | Apr 3, 2009

Alex Lucaci was goalkeeper for Summit High School's Varsity Soccer Team on November 1, 2007, when he fell, landing on the back of his head and neck.

Fox Business | Apr 2, 2009, a Bob Woodruff Foundation initiative, has awarded its second $100,000 grant to the Jericho Project for use in helping veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who sustained Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Post Traumatic Stress.

The Detroit News | Apr 2, 2009

In the week after actress Natasha Richardson's death from brain trauma after a seemingly minor fall, my husband phoned home last Thursday night from one of our kids' soccer games, saying the most dreadful words: "Meet me at the emergency room."

Medical News Today | Apr 1, 2009

First came the news of the tragic death of Tony-award-winning actress Natasha Richardson from a traumatic brain injury after a fall on a Canadian ski slope. Then came the article about Janice Jackson, of Cincinnati, who died from a head injury after being thrown off a motor scooter while vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico.

Insciences | Apr 1, 2009

A blood test that can help predict the seriousness of a head injury and detect the status of the blood-brain barrier is a step closer to reality, according to two recently published studies involving University of Rochester Medical Center researchers.

Linux Insider | Apr 1, 2009

The billions in federal stimulus funds directed toward the development electronic health records may help modernize the system, but it will likely be a slow process. Meanwhile, New York Lawyer Patrick Donahue is taking the initiative by launching the Sarah Jane Brain Project. His efforts are aimed at jump-starting innovative treatment for pediatric brain injuries using open source methods.

KOAM-TV, Pittsburg, KS | Mar 31, 2009

For veterans returning home from service, the adjustment back to civilian life can be hard. Some are not only returning with emotional stress but also with brain injuries from the front lines.

Southtown Star, Chicago, IL | Mar 31, 2009

The death of actress Natasha Richardson after a seemingly minor fall on a Canadian ski slope reinforces the importance of wearing a helmet during some recreational activities to prevent serious head injury.

Frederick News Post, Frederick, MD | Mar 31, 2009

In July 1995, Jean Berube's father, a professor at Old Dominion University, was involved in a car accident. Soon after, he appeared completely recovered from relatively minor injuries.

The Huffington Post | Mar 30, 2009

The odd juxtaposition between Bob's near death blast from a bomb just 20 feet from his tank and subsequent miraculous recovery against a Mom's simple fall on a bunny slope resulting in death is the very thing that makes brain injury so hard to comprehend.

Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System | Mar 30, 2009

Innovative therapies that have assisted previously comatose patients regain consciousness may be incorporated on a greater scale to treat troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, a brain injury expert said here today.

The Winston-Salem Journal | Mar 30, 2009

Capt. Nathan Green remembers the alarm sounding that day last April in Baghdad's Green Zone. He remembers running, and then the loud explosion of the rocket hitting 30 feet behind him. He was knocked unconscious, suffered a traumatic brain injury, and now hears the high-pitched whine and static buzz of an AM radio. All the time.

The Canadian Press | Mar 30, 2009

Wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding can reduce the risk of a head injury by 60 percent. But not all helmets are created equal, says the Canadian Standards Association, which is introducing certification testing under a new standard.

The Washington Post | Mar 30, 2009

The NFL's franchise owners approved four rule changes today related to player safety issues, including one that makes it illegal for a defensive player to hit a defenseless receiver in the head with a hit using the forearm or shoulder.

Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA | Mar 30, 2009

Ryan Tompkins wasn't wearing a helmet when he fell off his skateboard and banged his head on the pavement two years ago.

KSTP - ABC 5, Minneapolis and St. Paul | Mar 30, 2009

The death of actress Natasha Richardson after a ski accident last week serves as an important reminder about head injuries.

Justice News Flash | Mar 30, 2009

Fisher-Price recalls thousands of 3-1 high chairs because of brain injury hazard. | Mar 30, 2009

Obama said his Department of Veterans Affairs budget proposal — with the biggest funding increase in 30 years — will help provide more services to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. | Mar 30, 2009

Connie and Donald McCracken were watching CNN one evening last week when they learned of the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson from a head injury. Immediately, their minds turned to their 7-year-old daughter, Morgan, who was upstairs getting ready for bed.

KABC-TV, Los Angeles, CA | Mar 30, 2009

The tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson has taught us all about the dangers of head injuries. Now, new research is revealing girls who play sports are especially vulnerable to such injuries. And that female athletes need to understand how serious this is.

Reuters | Mar 30, 2009

It's known that people who suffer a brain injury have a higher-than-normal risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and now lab experiments suggest a reason why.

The New York Times | Mar 30, 2009

The death of the actress Natasha Richardson after a fall on a ski slope has further publicized an ugly truth that millions of Americans already know: Hardly anyone outside of an emergency room knows how to respond to brain trauma.

The New York Times | Mar 26, 2009

The 18-year-old runner was rounding third base for home so fast that his batting helmet flew off. The infielder rifled the ball to the catcher, but it caught the runner instead, hitting his suddenly bare head. He scored, walked to the dugout, and five minutes later began to experience a violent headache.

US News & World Report | Mar 23, 2009

Taser stun guns, used by some police forces, can cause brain-related problems such as seizures, according to a Canadian study.

The Press Association | Mar 23, 2009

Long-term effects of head injuries or strokes could be prevented by a new class of Alzheimer's drugs, new research suggests.

Whittier Daily News, Whittier, CA | Mar 23, 2009

Don Weber and Forrest Gump go together like peas and carrots. Both have endearingly slow, deliberate speech, both go out of their way to help people, and once Weber gets to Florida, both will have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of trekking across the country.

The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg,VA | Mar 23, 2009

Melissa Hooppaw had an artistic side, but didn't get to show it much until an explosion changed her life.

CNN | Mar 23, 2009

A blow to the head that at first seems minor and does not result in immediate pain or other symptoms can in fact turn out to be a life-threatening brain injury, experts tell CNN.

The Houston Chronicle | Mar 23, 2009

Behind Dan DeRosa's smiling face lurks a dull headache that never goes away. He suffers from memory lapses and hears a shrill ringing in his ears akin to the lingering squeal of a heavy metal concert.

The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2009

Doctors say sometimes patients with brain injuries have what's called a "lucid interval" where they act fine for an hour or more as the brain slowly, silently swells or bleeds. The lucid interval is why doctors always advise keeping a close eye for up to 24 hours on someone who seems OK after a head injury, in case symptoms emerge.

CNN | Mar 23, 2009

Skiers and snowboarders can cut the risk of brain injury dramatically by wearing helmets on the slopes, some experts say.

The Hartford Courant | Mar 23, 2009

Mike Jennings used to be a space engineer. He gave presentations to NASA officials and answered detailed questions about the components his team at Hamilton Sundstrand were designing to take astronauts into space.

News 10 Now, Jefferson County, New York | Mar 23, 2009

"I can't remember a lot of the stuff that happened. Luckily, I have a short-term memory loss and I can't remember," former Staff Sergeant Brian Wells said of his near fatal incident in Iraq.