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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.

St. Petersburg Times | Mar 23, 2009

The date is circled on her calendar. It's one she won't forget. April 19, 2008. She scaled her home to clean berries and leaves from the roof that day. The ladder slipped. She fell and slammed her head somewhere on a barbecue grill below. Everything changed.

The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA | Mar 23, 2009

They live together in a Victorian house on a quiet street in this college town. Mostly men in their early 20s, they play video games, watch movies, tell stories and practice playing guitar.

STL Today | Mar 19, 2009

A group of doctors and scientists told Congress on Thursday the U.S. needs to devise a uniform test for traumatic brain injury to be performed on all troops who are exposed to a blast or other violent event in wartime.

Helium | Mar 19, 2009

While wearing a helmet may not look cool, it can save your life. One out of every eight bike crashes results in a brain injury for the rider. A good helmet can reduce the chances of serious injury by up to eighty percent.

Be Smart Be Well, BCBS | Mar 19, 2009

A Traumatic Brain Injury occurs more than twice a minute in America. But Amy, Josh and Jerry didn't know that. They never thought they would end up with a brain injury. Watch this video and learn about the symptoms of brain injury and what you can do to prevent head injuries.

WebMD Health News  | Mar 19, 2009

Actress Natasha Richardson, 45, has died in the wake of head injuries she sustained in a fall at a Canadian ski resort.

US News & World Report | Mar 16, 2009

A new class of Alzheimer's disease drugs may prevent long-term damage from traumatic brain injury, suggests a study of mice by Georgetown University Medical Center researchers.

Macon Telegraph, Macon, GA | Mar 16, 2009

Jeanetta Jones remembers the weather that Thursday morning in 2006. It was clear and a pleasant, late-November cool. The sun was hanging like bright wallpaper above Cobb Parkway in Marietta.

Sporting News | Mar 16, 2009

NHL Players' Association chief Paul Kelly urged the league's general managers on Monday to adopt a ban against intentional hits to the head.

Modern Medicine | Mar 16, 2009

Although the majority of children with mild traumatic brain injury will not face any long-lasting adverse effects, there is a "substantial minority" — approximately 25% — who will experience a significant sharp rise in post-concussive symptoms. In some instances, the symptoms will continue for months. This is according to research, led by Keith Yeates, PhD, in the March issue of Pediatrics.

The Seattle Times | Mar 16, 2009

Zackery Lystedt's last words to his father before falling silent for nine months: "Dad, I can't see." The 13-year-old junior high football player had chased a runner into the end zone and tumbled headfirst into the ground. The collision kept him on the sidelines for 15 minutes. But he went back into the game.

Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System | Mar 16, 2009

Get a good night's sleep. That is seemingly simple, yet sometimes complicated advice from medical professionals as part of a reintegration program for redeploying soldiers who might have suffered traumatic brain injuries, the commander of Europe Regional Medical Command said.

Newsday | Mar 16, 2009

A panel of former boxers and football players yesterday told a forum on head injury awareness that they had never given much thought to the threat of head trauma during their decidedly rugged careers.

The Boston Globe | Mar 16, 2009

When Judy Szczeblowski enrolled in a photography project for survivors of brain injury in 2006, her chin-length hair hid the scar and bald spot that dominate the back of her head, artifacts of the surgery and radiation used to treat a life-threatening brain tumor in 1990. By the time the project ended ten weeks later, Szczeblowski had cut her hair short enough to expose the entire bald spot.

The Associated Press | Mar 16, 2009

A group of doctors and scientists says the U.S. needs to devise a uniform test for traumatic brain injury to be performed on all troops who are hurt in wartime.

ESPN | Mar 9, 2009

Concussions aren't just the NFL's problem. Female athletes like Melissa Inzitari suffer in silence, too. A lot more often than their male peers., Canada | Mar 9, 2009

Giving new mothers educational materials about how to deal with crying newborns could help to prevent shaken baby syndrome, a Canadian study suggests.

Daily Journal, Seneca, SC | Mar 9, 2009

Miracles are more apt to happen in the movies or on television, but they are happening in Upstate South Carolina, too. They may just not be as glorious as they seem on the big screen.

PR Newswire | Mar 9, 2009

The National Council on Disability today released a report recommending changes in the continuum of health care provided to service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

KTUV San Francisco | Mar 9, 2009

Staff Sergeant Jay Wilkerson,. who was badly wounded in Iraq, is now a recipient of a scholarship from the Sentinels of Freedom. It is a non-profit group dedicated to helping those injured and wounded transition back into civilian life.

Associated Press | Mar 9, 2009

The number of US troops who have suffered wartime brain injuries may be as high as 360,000 and could cast more attention on such injuries among civilians, Defense Department doctors said Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Times | Mar 9, 2009

In warp-speed modern America, time has become one of our most precious resources. We manage it, and we expend it carefully. Patients with traumatic brain injury may also yield important clues to the brain's timing mechanisms, and what happens when they're disrupted. | Mar 2, 2009

Traditionally, stimulating nerves or brain tissue involves cumbersome wiring and a sharp metal electrode. But a team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University is going "wireless."

US News & World Report | Mar 2, 2009

Headaches have become a common complaint among soldiers who suffered mild head trauma while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. These headaches tend to be debilitating, mirroring migraines in intensity, according to research released Monday that is to be presented next month at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Seattle.

The Banner Graphic, Greencastle, Indiana | Mar 2, 2009

"The most important day is today." Just over a year ago Drew Christy — a 2006 South Putnam High School graduate who had been a star athlete and scholar during his high school career — helped come up with that phrase as the theme for the 2008 football season at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He was a sophomore studying engineering and a member of the football team. Today, Drew and those who love him are living that motto in ways they never could have imagined.

Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Winter Park, FL | Mar 2, 2009

One person dies in a car crash in the U.S. every 13 minutes. If you're one of the lucky ones, you survive; but just because a victim's head isn't bleeding doesn't mean they are perfectly fine. In fact, two million people will suffer from a brain injury this year and many may not even realize it. Diagnosis can be difficult, but doctors are using a new twist to an old scan to help doctors better understand what's happening inside your brain.

Health News | Mar 2, 2009

March inevitably brings everyone closer to the arrival of spring and away from the dreariness of winter but our third month also hosts a widespread awareness of many disorders and conditions. Among them is National Brain Injury Month, the goal of which is to maintain awareness of brain deterioration and cases of sudden diagnosis across the nation.

Insciences | Feb 23, 2009

The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is studying a new therapy that has the potential to change the way traumatic brain injury patients are treated. One of the only programs of its kind in the country, the First Steps Acute Neurobehavioral and Cognitive Intervention program, teaches patients with brain injuries about survival and treatment.

KETV, Omaha, Nebraska | Feb 23, 2009

Derek Ruth has spent the last six months relearning 13 years of lessons. The Malcolm junior high student's life was forever changed after he sustained a traumatic brain injury during a September football game.

Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System | Feb 23, 2009

A tour of the Traumatic Brain Injury Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center yesterday made a favorable impression on the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In fact, the program is something he said should be spread across the force.

The Los Angeles Times | Feb 23, 2009

Walking, smiling, and fidgeting, 3-year-old Dallas Hextell has become a poster child for the promise of stem cell therapy, a cutting-edge treatment approach that may one day heal diseases such as diabetes, brain injury, and Parkinson's.