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The Journal | Apr 8, 2016

Recovery from TBI is personal – each person gets better at his or her own pace, which may be influenced by age, severity of injury and other factors, explains U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Sherray Holland. In addition to early intervention, she said it’s important that those who suffer a TBI take care of themselves, “taking things slow and getting rest.” Family and employer understanding and support are also critical to recovery, she added.

the New York Times | Apr 8, 2016

A. J. Tarpley, a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills, said that he is retiring because of repeated concussions, the latest young player to walk away from football because of worries about his long-term health. “This decision is the hardest I’ve made yet, but after much research and contemplation, I believe it’s what is best for me going forward,” Tarpley wrote on his Instagram account.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Apr 8, 2016

Pennsylvania coaches, athletic directors and trainers representing athletic leagues and schools came to hear Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, former Steelers running back Merril Hoge and others discuss head injuries in football, especially at the high school and youth levels:

The Washington Post | Apr 7, 2016

We’d had some practice already in difficult question territory. Our approach was to play it straight: answer no more but also no less than the question asked, and follow our daughter’s lead. The difference with the aneurysm was that she didn’t know there was a question to ask. The scar that runs across the top of my head is buried beneath my hair. I’m blind in one eye, but my eyes track normally. A prosthesis fills the fist-sized hole where a piece of skull, too diseased to save, once was. When my daughter looks at me, she just sees her mom, healthy and whole.

The Wall Street Journal | Apr 6, 2016

Susan Pinker on how a concussion was both a personal struggle for her and a catalyst to study a phenomenon still only partly understood.

Fox News | Apr 6, 2016

In a new study researchers found that a concussion's effect on visual working memory — the ability to remember specific things you have seen — may last much longer than scientists had thought.  There's been an assumption that a concussion can affect a person's thinking skills for several weeks, the researchers said. But the new study showed that the effects may last as long as 55 years.

ABC News | Apr 4, 2016

Sports-related head injuries are increasingly gaining attention as researchers investigate long-term consequences of multiple concussions. Concerns about the neurodegenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), has put a focus on contact sports such as football and soccer. However, a study released today by the journal Neurological Focus found that the sport that causes most traumatic brain injuries isn't even a contact sport, it's horseback riding.

The Huffington Post | Apr 4, 2016

A brain injury brings with it a confusing barrage of physical, emotional and cognitive changes that affects the survivor deeply and personally. The simplest expression of this is when we say, “I don’t know who I am anymore.” This is also known as a loss of humanity. It has profound implications, manifesting itself as confusion, doubt and depression, and making our “recovery” that much more difficult. In my own situation, the hardships I encountered left me thinking, a number of times, that my life wasn’t worth living.

CBS News (NC) | Apr 4, 2016

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury are all among the wounds soldiers are carrying home. Fort Bragg has opened a place to tackle these demons of war. The Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Bragg, which expects to service nearly 1,700 soldiers annually, is the fifth of nine centers of its kind built around the country.

Medical Xpress | Apr 4, 2016

A study in military veterans finds that explosive blast-related concussions frequently result in hormone changes leading to problems such as sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression and poor quality of life. The research was presented over the weekend at the Endocrine Society's 98th annual meeting by the study's leader, Charles Wilkinson, PhD, a researcher with VA Puget Sound Health Care.

Military Times | Mar 31, 2016

Lawmakers want to avoid having troops disgracefully forced from the ranks because of behavior related to post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries, but Pentagon officials may already be on the way to fixing the problem. Earlier this month, a coalition of lawmakers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan introduced legislation to ensure that military discharge review boards must consider troops’ mental health issues, and must accept a PTSD or TBI diagnosis from a professional as an acceptable rebuttal to a dismissal.

PsychCentral | Mar 29, 2016

The hidden underworld of brain injury is vast. Recent tallies show that there are one million more traumatic brain injuries annually than all combined cancer diagnoses and more yearly deaths than drug overdose, breast cancer, prostate cancer, or HIV. Why is a condition that seriously affects your body’s most important control center — your brain — this prominent yet hardly discussed?

EurekAlert | Mar 29, 2016

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a type of MRI, may be able to predict functional post-deployment outcomes for veterans who sustained mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, during combat, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology.

ABC News (MI) | Mar 29, 2016

A U.S. Senator is getting involved after an investigation uncovered veterans might not be getting the medical care and benefits they have earned. Sen. Mark Warner said we need to know if Veterans Affairs hospitals are allowing vets to see the proper medical specialists to diagnose traumatic brain injuries.

SB Nation | Mar 29, 2016

No stranger to head injuries, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he is joining a chorus of professional athletes who have pledged to donate their brains for concussion research.

USA Today | Mar 29, 2016

The lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday cites two recent developments as grounds for the litigation: an NFL executive’s comments on Capitol Hill and allegations an NFL study under-reported incidences of concussions.

STAT News | Mar 29, 2016

New research bolsters evidence that a simple blood test may someday be used to detect concussions. It suggests that a protein linked with head trauma may be present in blood up to a week after injury, which could help diagnose patients who delay seeking treatment. According to an editorial published in JAMA Neurology, the new findings “are a substantial step” in developing a test that could be used in broad settings, from the battlefield to sports events and doctors’ offices.

The Sacramento Bee | Mar 25, 2016

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the UC Davis pathologist who achieved big-screen fame for his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy among NFL players, has received the United States Sports Academy’s highest award in sports medicine, the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award.

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The New York Times | Mar 25, 2016

An investigation by The New York Times has found that the NFL’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known. These discoveries raise new questions about the validity of the committee’s findings, published in 13 peer-reviewed articles and held up by the league as scientific evidence that brain injuries did not cause long-term harm to its players.

San Jose Mercury News | Mar 25, 2016

The NFL's political action committee has given nearly $300,000 in campaign contributions to 41 of 54 members of a key congressional committee that is reviewing concussion research, according to figures compiled by MapLight, a Berkeley-based nonpartisan research organization.

Scientific America | Mar 24, 2016

A new study in rats could one day benefit people suffering neurological conditions associated with the buildup of unwanted proteins in the brain, including traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s.

AOL News | Mar 24, 2016

"The NFL has been the 'target' but let's be honest, when you look at the statistics of women's and girls' sports, soccer is a huge part of it. Everyone wants to address it regarding the NFL, but there are millions of kids playing sports that no one is talking about that we should be talking about a little bit more," says Taylor Twellman, a TV soccer analyst for ESPN and founder of the Think Taylor Foundation dedicated to educating young athletes on concussions.

ThinkProgress | Mar 24, 2016

No woman has ever been diagnosed with CTE, but that’s probably more indicative of research shortcomings than anything else — of the 307 brains currently in the university’s brain bank, only seven are female. That’s why Brandi Chastain’s pledge is so important.

Defense Health Agency | Mar 22, 2016

Every brain is different. We know this because each person’s brain develops with a unique personality. But the brain as an organ even differs from person to person, and reacts uniquely to injury. “The brain is so much more complex and difficult to study,” said Dr. Heechin Chae, director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) satellite office at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “Even if a CT scan or MRI image looks the same between two brains, how each of those brains functions is totally different. You can’t predict recovery as easily.”

ABC News (PA) | Mar 22, 2016

If your child has had a sports concussion, or is at risk for one, here are seven things you need to know, according to doctors at the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center.